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"Chaos & Departure" to be experienced in 3D

The show "Chaos & Aufbruch - Berlin 1920 | 2020" examines issues of the 1920s, when Berlin had become "Greater Berlin," compares them with the challenges of the present, and asks the question: How can big cities succeed?

"Chaos und Aufbruch - Berlin 1920-2020" im Märkischen Museum, Berlin
"Chaos und Aufbruch - Berlin 1920-2020" im Märkischen Museum, Berlin © Paul Grunwaldt, Straßenarbeiter, Berlin, 1928 © Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin | Reproduktion: Michael Setzpfandt
In the process, astonishing parallels are revealed, but also clear differences between then and now. Various participatory projects by actors from Berlin's current urban society present visions, ideas and approaches to solutions for the future as part of the exhibition.

Overnight in 1920, the population of Berlin doubled. By incorporation of neighboring, until then independent cities and municipalities, the second largest city in the world was created in terms of area.

Looking at the past and the present of Berlin, she explores the question of how a chaotic upheaval can be used to shape a constructive departure.

On 1 October 1920, 27 Gutsbezirke, 59 rural communities and the seven previously independent cities Charlottenburg, Köpenick, Lichtenberg, Neukölln, Schöneberg, Spandau and Wilmersdorf were incorporated into Berlin by the "Greater Berlin Act". In one fell swoop, Berlin became a cosmopolitan city. The local government has set accents in many public areas, which are still one of the foundations of urban infrastructure. The Greater Berlin Act was thus the basis for the city of today - for the metropolis of Berlin.

A historical and a current temporal level invite to an expedition in the exhibition, which leads from the problems of the city over solution approaches to their future potential. It is about living, transport, recreation, administration, the connection to the surrounding area and also to identity.


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