Architecture Exhibitions International

Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM Frankfurt/Main

SOS Brutalism
Save the Concrete Monsters

Nov 9, 2017–Apr 1, 2018
© Foto: yeowatzup 2012 (CC BY 2.0)

The DAM is presenting the first-ever global survey of the Brutalist archtiecture of the 1950s to 1970s. The Term Brutalism does not originate from the word "brutal", but rather "béton brut" - the French term for exposed concrete. Brutalist architecture celebrates rawness and the bare construction. It is exceptionally photogenic and, in recent years, it has reached cult status on Facebook and Instagram.

That said, many people still only see these buildings as ugly concrete monsters. The expressive style emerged during a period of experimentation and societal upheaval. Today many are at risk of being demolished. In light of this, the #SOSBrutalism campaign extends the exhibition online with a database of over 1,000 projects. Media partners are the BauNetz and uncube magazine.

At the DAM, Brutalism is reexamined with usually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures that were built by the Kaiserslautern Technical University for SOS Brutalism. The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism.