The project eineins - Kunst in der køniglichen Backstube has so far devoted itself to the use of the space as a bakery in numerous artistic wall designs. With the project Viva Maria by Franz John, the site-specific character is now directed for the first time to the wider environment - the house - and its exciting and hitherto little-known history of use in the years after 1966: in the shop premises to the right of today's bakery, an illegal print shop was operated that produced leaflets, posters and publications of the "revolutionary movement" associated with the student movement that radicalised after 1967.
This operation had to be underground not only because of the content of those subversive writings; according to Allied law, no printing presses at all were allowed to operate in West Berlin without official permission. The printing press, a Rotaprint, belonged to the so-called "Subversive Action", a sub-grouping of the Socialist German Student League (SDS), which Rudi Dutschke headed as head of the movement. The Neukölln print shop was a secret, camouflaged place rented by a resident of Zwiestädter Straße 10, Dieter Kunzelmann, under the pseudonym "Kurnitzky". Kunzelmann was one of the leading activists of the 1968 movement and, among other things, co-founder of Commune I.
Franz John now makes the history of the place comprehensible: A confidential report by the political police from April 1967 documents investigations at Zwiestädter Straße 10 and observations by a commissioner Böhme. This archive, which takes up the entire exhibition wall, is accompanied by a listening station. Here you can hear an interview with Ulrich Enzensberger, once a founding member of Kommune I, who knew the illegal print shop and the activities of the time well. This conversation, conducted by Franz John, provides insights and interesting details about the history of the house and contemporary events in Berlin in the late 1960s.
On Saturday, 25 June 2022 at 5 pm Ulrich Enzensberger will lead a conversation with Franz John. Ulrich Enzensberger is a writer and, among other things, the author of "Die Jahre der Kommune I" (The Years of Commune I), Munich 2006. The Berlin artist Franz John (*1960) has been represented at numerous international solo and group exhibitions. In his works, he mainly deals with nature, architecture and the historical conditions of a place or region.