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A. Vesnin: Project design of the external façade of VKHUTEMAS dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the October RevolutionPaper, printing, watercolor© The Schusev State Museum of Architecture Moscow / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014
A. Vesnin: Project design of the external façade of VKHUTEMAS dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution
Paper, printing, watercolor
© The Schusev State Museum of Architecture Moscow / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014
Vkhutemas: A Russian Laboratory of Modernity
BERLIN, GERMANY  •  Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin  •  5 December 2014 - 6 April 2015
 
 
Vkhutemas, often referred to as the “Russian Bauhaus”, was a legendary art school of Modernism in the 1920s. This is the first exhibition in Germany to show an important sampling – mainly focused on architecture – of the work of Vkhutemas. On display will be some 250 works: sketches, drawings, paintings and models by staff and students. The exhibition has been mounted by the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow. These “Higher Artistic-Technical Workshops” were founded in 1920 by decree of the Soviet government. In eight faculties divided into production workshops (Wood, Metal, Textiles, Printmaking, Ceramics) and art workshops (Painting, Sculpture, Architecture) several thousand students received instruction. An introductory course with a completely novel artistic and scientific curriculum was followed by a degree course lasting several years. The staff of the school consisted of famous artists and architects of both sexes, whose names are associated with the heyday of the Russian avant garde: El Lissitzky, Naum Gabo, Moisei Ginzburg, Gustav Klutsis, Vasily Kandinsky, Nikolai Ladovsk, Alexander Melnikov, Lyubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko, Alexei Shchusev, Varvara Stepanova, Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Vesnin. The aim was to harness art and architecture to the task of making the “New Man”, thus bringing about a revolutionary renewal of the relationship between art and society. But the bitter disputes that broke out over the “right” course were also reflected in the history of the school, its teachers and its students, since architecture, as a “synthetic art”, had a key role to play here.

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The Vikings
BERLIN, GERMANY  •  Martin-Gropius-Bau  •  10 September 2014 - 4 January 2015
 

Warriors and conquerors, sailors, traders, farmers and highly specialized craftspeople: from the ninth to eleventh century the Vikings dominated the North and Baltic Seas. They travelled from Russia up to the Byzantine Empire, established settlements on the coasts of Greenland and North America. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the largest surviving Viking warship with a length of 37 metres.

The Berlin exhibition centres around the restored Danish longship, Roskilde 6, which is on display for the first time. The huge vessel takes up the whole of the large atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau. At 37 metres long, it is the largest Viking ship so far discovered, and it forms the focal point of the exhibition. It was built around 1025 for use as a warship and was rediscovered in the harbour area of the town of Roskilde in 1996/97. A section of the hull and the entire 32 metre-long keel of the vessel have survived. After meticulous conservation lasting from 1997 to 2012, the original timbers are now embedded in a specially made steel framework which recreates the shape and original dimensions of the ship.



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Contact: Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
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10963 Berlin
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Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Pasolini-Roma
BERLIN, GERMANY  •  Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin  •  11 September 2014 - 5 January 2015
 
The Pasolini-Roma exhibition deals with the Italian writer and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) in the context of his relationship with Rome. Pasolini in Rome conjures up visions of poetry, politics, a zest for big-city living, sex, friendship and cinema.

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Contact: Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
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10963 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 254 86-0



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