Unbuilding Walls - German Pavillon at Venice Biennale 2018

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UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018
UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018
UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018
UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018
UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018
CulturalExhibition / StageInstitutionalResearch
Project type
Exhibition
Status
Completed
Location
Venice, Italy
Time
2017–2018

For 28 years, Germany has been united – exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are curating the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls” at the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

 UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018

The exhibition responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will take the parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a
dynamic spatial phenomenon. With reference to “Freespace,” the central theme of the Architecture Biennale proposed by Grafton Architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address
aspects of division and integration.

UNBUILDING WALLS - Design Konzept
UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018
UNBUILDING WALLS – GERMAN PAVILLON 2018

By analyzing architectural projects on the former border strip, the question of what happened on this unprecedented void in the middle of a new capital will be examined. The heterogeneity of the multitude of approaches, typologies, protagonists, and results show the breadth of architectural debates and solutions.

Unbuilding Walls

Taking the experience of the inner-German Wall as a starting point, the exhibition will also examine historical as well as current barriers, fences and walls beyond Germany’s specific national perspective. In the course of the preparations for Unbuilding Walls a journalist team travelled to border walls around the world. This work will be shown at the German Pavilion as well.

The Wall of Opinions video installation documents the voices of people who live in the shadow of walls in Cyprus, Northern Ireland, between Israel and Palestine, the USA and Mexico, North and South Korea and at the European external border in Ceuta.

Curators
Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit
Project management
Nora Zerelli
Production management
Felix Torkar
Project assistants
Marta Busnelli, Julia Dorn, Oliver Gudzowski, Laura Harnisch, Ameli Klein, Verena Otto
Design Team
Marvin Bratke, Raluca Ana Maria Constantin, Alexander Liu Cheng, Moritz Hanshans, Christopher Nielsen, Marta Piaseczynska, Laurent Thill
Graphic design and exhibition design
Video Installation Wall of Opinions
Regie: Maria Seifert / Kamera: Helge Renner
Public relations
A B C Ana Berlin Communications: Ana Berlin, Gesa Valentini, Vanessa Lindenau, Franziska Laski
Exhibition realization
Alexander Lubic, cfk architetti: Clemens F. Kusch and Martin Weigert
Eventmanager in Venice
solmarino, Tomas Ewald
On behalf of
Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Professional support
Gabriele Kautz, BMI Anne Keßler, BMI Olaf Asendorf, BBSR
Exhibition photos
Catalog photos

Max Schmieding, PROXI.ME