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10.10.2019 19:00

archint_1989_cz:de: Free to Demolish: Art in Public Spaces

Not only buildings that have been built between 1945 and 1990 but also works of art in public spaces from that time period are experiencing disturbing fates after the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Czechoslovakia as well as in the GDR works of art were compulsory incorporated into public procurements. After 1990 questions of ownership, maintenance, reconstruction or indifference arise. How should these works of art be treated? Are they already documented? What is their quality? Who is working on their preservation? Is the political turn a reason for getting rid of them? Who is responsible for them? Jana Kořínková and Martin Maleschka will present their projects which deal with these questions.

Mgr. Jana Kořínková, Ph.D. collaborated as art historian together with the illustrator Jan Šrámek on the visual publication Special Circumstances in Public Space. An Illustrated Guide to Demolished, Removed and Relocated Art in Public Space from the Period of Communism (Prague 2016). The publication relies on the eloquence of the graphical material: the illustrations were done mostly from photographs capturing artworks in the area of today’s Czech Republic, their fate surrounded by dramatic or not completely clarified circumstances. Jana Kořínková works in the Department of Theory and History of Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Brno University of Technology. She focuses on art and architecture of the 20th century.  

The architect Martin Maleschka photographed over many years art within architecture. Now he published his book DDR. Baubezogene Kunst. Kunst im öffentlichen Raum 1950 bis 1990 (Berlin 2019), for which he chose 120 still existing works of art in the area between the Baltic Sea and the Ore Mountains and presents them within an art-historical context. Altogether he documented more than 100.000 pieces of art within architecture in the former GDR, at this moment it is generally the most extensive documentation of these works. Martin Maleschka studied architecture at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg. 

archint_1989_cz:de is an event series focusing on the architecture and monuments from the post-war period and how they have been dealt with since the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Why does our freedom often manifest as the freedom to destroy or simply just to forget? Can these actions be seen themselves as not only interventions but as actual monuments to the regained freedom, reunification and post-1989 transformation? Should these works of art and architecture be disconnected from their political connotations and instead be respected for their artistic value? Is it a question of East – West division? Here, Czech and German architectural theoreticians will present their new projects and discuss them. 

Partners of the event series: Embassy of the Czech Republic in BerlinCollegium Hungaricum BerlinPolish Institute BerlinSlovak Institute in BerlinEUNIC Berlin.

Admission free

Illustration by Jan Šrámek: Flying Seagulls in Pilsen (1960, sculptor Slavoj Nejdl)
Graphic design: Iveta Krajcirova, Deconstructed





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10.10.2019 19:00


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