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Facade pictures by Gert Neuhaus

As early as 1976, Gert Neuhaus began designing and implementing house-high murals on house facades in Berlin's urban space. The city's numerous remaining fire walls served as the basis for his illusionistic paintings, which suggested three-dimensionality through perspective tricks.


Particularly outstanding were his recreated Wilhelminian style facades, which he painted on free-standing house walls and recreated missing architectural elements such as side wings or garden houses with portals, windows, balconies, cornices and stucco elements. It was a purely optical illusion.

He painted over brownfield sites and reconstructed missing parts of the building, creating a newly interpreted Wilhelminian style city. In response to the city's destruction by war, he presented his own idea of beauty and perfection, which he embodied in a flawless, beautiful city. His visions of the city were inspired by the intact metropolis of the pre-war period.

Neuhaus developed the city's own aesthetic language, which was made up of numerous upper-class facades and sights and formed a cityscape that was also seen as a symbol of the indestructibility of the city.

Gert Neuhaus always looks at his city with humor and from a certain distance. In addition to the classicist ensembles that he masterfully stages on meter-high open spaces, the present is also evident in many of his urban depictions, for example through surreal imagery such as a large tanker or the no longer existing zipper on the Zillestrasse fire wall. Many of his works still shape the cityscape of the metropolis today.

Gert Neuhaus, born in Berlin in 1939, studied commercial graphics and exhibition design at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1956 to 1962. From 1982 to 1987 he studied at the Technical University of Berlin and from 1986 to 2004 he was an artistic-scientific assistant at the Lette-Verein Foundation. He has worked as a freelance designer since 1976.



Exhibition opening
Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 6 p.m
admission free


greeting
  • Claudia Blomberg | Office for Further Education and Culture
  • Elke von der Lieth | Municipal Gallery Berlin


introduction
Norbert Martins | Author and city guide

Additional information
Dates
March 2024
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