Whenever something ends, another thing begins. And so it is at the Brücke–Museum, where the Werner Düttmann Building. Berlin exhibition will come to a close on 29.08.2021 with a new opening: the museum’s revitalized garden. During what would have been Düttmann’s 100th birthday year, the exhibition gathers the architectural works of the West Berlin city planner. It is therefore fitting that the garden – a forest-like green space on the edge of Grunewald – is now an ode to the designs of Düttmann, who himself conceived the original site in 1964–7. In February 2020, landscape architects atelier le balto were commissioned to reinvent the space, pursuing an ecologically sustainable and artistic approach which harmonizes art and nature. The team cleared vegetation to restore the museum’s view of the forest, leaving the cut branches on the ground to encourage growth of plants and shrubs. You can see the results of this transformation at the Summer Party on 29.08, which features a special afternoon program of tours, performances and workshops. A highlight will be the guided tours around the new Forest Room, an open and transparent greenhouse conceived by architects’ collective ConstructLab (12h and 15h). There are model-making sessions for families, music from DJ and pole performer Frznte and a culinary experience courtesy of artist and chef Caique Tizzi. And last but certainly not least: you can discover Düttmann’s works for a final time at the “Building. Berlin” exhibition in the museum itself.
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Anika Büssemeier; Haus Dr. Menne, Gartenansicht, o.J., Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Werner- Düttmann-Archiv, Nr. 29 F. 29/13, © Foto: Ingeborg Lommatzsch; Installationsansicht Werner Düttmann. Berlin. Bau. Werk, Brücke-Museum, 2021, Foto: Silke Briel © Brücke-Museum
Brücke–Museum, Bussardsteig 9, 14195 Berlin–Dahlem; map
Summer Party 29.08.2021 12–19h – you can register to attend in person on the day; entry is free of charge.
Werner Düttmann Building. Berlin, until 29.08