Apr 17–Aug 19, 2021

Werner Düttmann

Building. Berlin.
Bussardsteig 9, 14195 Berlin Map
Wed-Mon 11 am-5 pm

The Berlin architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann would have turned a hundred years old on 6 March 2021. This anniversary will be celebrated with the large-scale exhibition Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin. As an architect, head of the Senate Building Department (1960–66), professor at the Technische Universität of Berlin (1966–70), and president of the Akademie der Künste (1971–83), Düttmann was one of the central figures in the life and culture of West Berlin during his lifetime. In his various functions, he left his mark on the public face and structure of this city — from Reinickendorf to Dahlem, from Neukölln to Spandau. The spectrum of his works includes residential and cultural buildings, public squares, community and traffic structures.

Due to the current situation, the exhibition Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin. will be opening in two steps. On 6 March 2021, 28 “exhibition satellites” will be installed all around the city, along with the official launch of the project website (www.wernerduettmann.de), which accompanies the exhibition. On 17 April 2021, the main exhibition opens at Brücke-Museum with further displays at four prominent Düttmann buildings.
Very much in the spirit of Düttmann’s extremely communicative personality, this project is conceived like a network. Around thirty of his extant buildings and squares in Berlin will be actively integrated into the exhibition and experienced at no charge in situ as ‘actual-size’ objects. In addition to the Akademie der Künste in Hansa district and the Hansa Library, these include, among others, the traffic tower on Kurfürstendamm and the Ernst-Reuter-Platz, the St. Agnes Church (now the KÖNIG GALERIE) in Kreuzberg and St. Martin’s Church in the Märkisches Viertel, the architect’s residential buildings in the latter district, and the subway stations Blaschkoallee, Parchimer Allee, and Britz-Süd on the U7 line.
The presentation at Brücke-Museum offers a chronological overview of all of his Berlin buildings and thus provides inspiration actively to discover the buildings and urban space. It also presents Düttmann’s little-known artistic origins as well as parts of his eclectic collection of art. Last but not least, the presentation addresses and honours the Brücke-Museum itself as a building and as an exemplary space for art. To that end, one exhibition space is being restored to its historical state and selected masterpieces from the collection will be shown in their original hanging. In addition to the Brücke Museum, interior displays are planned in the foyer of the Akademie der Künste, the Hansabücherei (Hansa Library), KÖNIG GALERIE in St. Agnes and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HWK).