EX-EMBASSY — THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF A PANKOW PREFAB

EX-EMBASSY — THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF A PANKOW PREFAB

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, 135 modular, prefabricated diplomatic buildings, designed by a group of architects led by Horst Bauer, who was responsible for Café Moskau, popped up around Pankow. The largest of these buildings, named “Ingenieur-Hochbau-III”, housed the embassy of Australia, which was the second Western state to officially recognize the GDR. After the diplomatic relationship flailed — before the wall fell — the building was sold as part of the West German-led “Treuhand” privatization process. Currently, this little-known history — together with the nuances of themes such as territory, value, and identity — is being explored on-site in “Ex-Embassy“: an exhibition of five artworks and five texts. Curated by Sonja Hornung, it takes place as part of Berlin’s Project Space Festival, on through 31.8.2018, parallel to an initiative to turn the building into a studio and permanent cultural site. You heard it from us first. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Artworks: Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Sonya Schönberger (DE) / Photo: Adrian Kuppertz)

X-Embassy, Atelierhaus Australische Botschaft (Ost), Grabbeallee 34, 13156 Berlin-Pankow; map

Ex-Embassy: Exhibition and text series at the Former Australian Embassy to the German Democratic Republic

On through 31.08.2018, Thu-Sat 12-18h or by appointment

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