Thirty years after the reunification of Germany, Two German Architects 1949–1989 takes a look at architecture in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, a theme that remains relevant to this day. In the light of present challenges in Germany, this exhibition is being presented to a broad audience.
Numerous models, photographs and plans show the development of architecture during the four decades of German division. They invite comparison and discussion, and permit new perspectives on today’s discourse on architecture. The aim of this project is to highlight commonalities and differences in architecture between 1949 and 1989 in East and West, identifying specific achievements, and avoiding judgement. This is a contribution to understanding between East and West, and in this sense an example of a greater European integration process. This exhibition takes into account the results of research conducted over several years in the Faculty of Architecture at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, in which curators Simone Hain and Hartmut Frank and many students took part, contributing their own work and models. The exhibition was produced in cooperation with the Federation of Föderation deutschsprachiger Architektursammlungen.

In cooperation with the city of Erfurt

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With over 20 touring exhibitions currently travelling across the globe and with its diverse event programmes on contemporary art, the ifa links the German art scene with internationally active cultural creators and forms cooperations and networks. The projects, many of which were developed in co-creation with local partners, cover the various disciplines of modern and contemporary fine arts – from current themes in architecture, photography and design to Bauhaus and monographic exhibitions such as Rosemarie Trockel or Wolfgang Tillmans. These projects generate local meeting platforms and allow international perspectives on topics of global relevance. The ifa also provides loan exhibits to interested museums.

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