100 YEARS OF WERNER DÜTTMANN — CITY TOURS AND AN EXHIBITION AT THE BRÜCKE MUSEUM

100 YEARS OF WERNER DÜTTMANN — CITY TOURS AND AN EXHIBITION AT THE BRÜCKE MUSEUM

This year would have seen architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann’s 100th birthday – a fitting time then for the exhibition Werner Düttmann Building. Berlin, which celebrates his life’s work. Walk around Berlin’s west today and you will still see the Düttmann influence in U-Bahn stations, churches, libraries and museums – public meeting places which turn the city into an extended living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows, reduced forms and transitions between the inside and outside characterize Düttmann designs. He created architecture that breathes, appearing without decoration and yet still adorned. With the Academy of Arts, the St. Agnes church and the Hansabibliothek library, Düttmann translated the dynamics of the city into open, flowing spatial sequences. These buildings are among the 30 or so places taking center stage at the Brücke Museum exhibition, set to open in April 2021.

Ahead of the show’s official opening, the city experts at Poligonal will be presenting self-guided tours that highlight key Düttmann buildings in Berlin, with walks and bicycle tours extending from Dahlem to Britz. Starting this Saturday (06.03), background information will be shown at each of the stops, and for further reading a comprehensive catalog has been produced with input from artist Anri Sala and writer David Wagner.

Text: Laura Storfner / Credit: Ingeborg Lommatzsch; Wolf Lücking © Franziska Lücking; Pablo Picasso: © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021; Katrina Schulz, Wasmuth & Zohlen Verlag; Brücke-Museum

Werner Düttmann: Building. Berlin.

In addition to the main show at the Brücke Museum (17.04–11.06.2021), from 06.03.2021 satellite exhibitions can be viewed at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), König Galerie / St. Agnes, Hansabibliothek and in the foyer of the Academy of Arts. Full information can be found here.

Exhibition catalog (2020, Wasmuth & Zohlen, 372 pages)

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