Architecture Exhibitions International

Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Otto Bartning (1883-1959)
Architect of a Social Modernism

Nov 19, 2017–Mar 18, 2018
Opening: Nov 18, 6:30 pm
© Otto Bartning Archiv der TU Darmstadt

Architect, creative force and organisational talent – Otto Bartning (1883 – 1959) was an exceptionally complex figure. Together with Walter Gropius and Bruno Taut, he was a member of the 'Arbeitsrat für Kunst' (Worlers Council for Art) formed in the wake of the German Revolution in 1918. As such, he belonged to the leading figures calling for modernism in architecture. As an important innovator in the process of reconstruction after the Second World War, he consistently advocated a form of social modernism that responded to people's needs.
Otto Bartning's designs for churches in his early career in Imperial Germany stand as prime examples of his rejection of the historicist revivalist styles dominant at that time.
This exhibition will present Bartning's multifaceted oeuvre and illustrates the wide spectrum of his interests and talents through original drawings and sketches, photos, and architectural models. The exhibition will show how Bartning's work and arguments, strongly informed by his social concerns, are still just as topical and relevant today.