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Two centuries of cityscape from the bird's eye view

The Photo-Graphic Cabinet at the Märkisches Museum is devoting its current presentation to an unusual view of Berlin: the bird's eye view. About 60 works are on display in a temporary exhibition area of the museum - drawings, prints, plans and photographs from 1830 to the present day.

Blick vom Turm des Märkischen Museums nach Westen, um 1913 und 2021 (Collage)
Blick vom Turm des Märkischen Museums nach Westen, um 1913 und 2021 (Collage) © Stadtmuseum Berlin | Fotos: unbekannt / Jochen Wermann (geb. 1950)

Unique views from two hundred years illustrate the history of the city and its rapid development.

The selection draws from a much larger holdings on this subject in the collections of the Stadtmuseum Berlin.

From artistic representation to aerial photography

Since time immemorial, people have had the desire to gain an overview of places and landscapes and to record this impression pictorially. From around 1700, the first graphic works were created that depicted Berlin from above - initially in a simplified manner.

From the middle of the 19th century, photographic images gradually replaced the traditional drawn or painted city view. The further development of technology soon made it possible to take pictures from balloons and later from airplanes - especially since Berlin's rapid growth meant that it was no longer possible to capture the entire city from elevated positions on the ground anyway.



Bridge to the presentIn 1920, the metropolis of "Greater Berlin" was formed from previously independent cities, rural communities and estate districts. Six years later, the Märkisches Museum already dedicated an exhibition in its tower to the topic of "Berlin from above". The public at that time was able to compare graphic sheets from the museum's collection with contemporary aerial photographs. Telescopes on the tower windows also offered a view down to Berlin, which already stretched beyond the horizon.Now, 95 years later, a selection of these historical aerial photographs as well as photographic tower views from that time, together with earlier prints and present-day tower views, form a bridge from the past to the present. In this way, it becomes clear how much the shape of the city has changed.
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