Mythos Berlin

Zur Wahrnehmungsgeschichte einer industriellen Metropole. Eine szenische Ausstellung auf dem Gelände des Anhalter Bahnhofs

Year: 1987 Type: Print publication Languages: German Scope: 336 p., numerous images ISBN: 3882451475 Cooperation: Verlag Ästhetik und Kommunikation

The Berlin myth – perceptions of an industrial metropolis over time. A theatrical exhibition on the site of the former Anhalter Bahnhof railway station

The history of Berlin is a history of demolition and rebuilding, of destruction and partition. Just a few decades lay between the city’s industrialization and its various roles as capital of the Weimar Republic, capital of the Third Reich, Eldorado for subcultures, tourist magnet, and hotspot for artistic activities. As Eberhard Knödler-Bunte writes in his introduction to the catalogue: “While other cities slowly dug their way into a mythical image, Berlin’s history is shaped by abruptly changing myths and identificatory models.” In cooperation with the nGbK, a theatrical exhibition was created for Berlin’s 750-year celebrations on the site of the former Anhalter Bahnhof railway station with historical documents and materials offering inspiration for the future—with essays on Berlin “myths” ranging from the dome of the Reichstag to newspaper kiosks, from cinema culture to nightlife.

With contributions by: Yadegar Asisi-Namini, Silvia Breitwieser, Knut Hickethier, Eberhard Knödler-Bunte, Barbara Krull, Klaus Strohmeyer, Wolf Vostell u.v.m.

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