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1989–2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin

Press release


1989–2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin

Guerilla Architects in cooperation with Philine Schneider and Shahrzad Rahmani, Verena Hartbaum, Andrej Holm, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (with students from Technische Universität Berlin), Daniel Poller, Schroeter & Berger, Florine Schüschke

Artistic directors: Marius Babias, Anh-Linh Ngo
Curatorial team: Frederick Coulomb, Nora Dünser, Mirko Gatti, Dorothee Hahn, Christian Hiller, Max Kaldenhoff

The end of the bloc confrontation between East and West, heralded by the fall of the Berlin Wall – a turning point that prompted the political scientist Francis Fukuyama to speak of the “end of history” – had quite particular consequences for the urban development in Berlin, where geographically the capitalist and the real-socialist world orders directly collided. On the one hand, new political and cultural spaces were opened up; on the other, the fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for the neo-liberalization of politics.  

The exhibition 1989-2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin outlines the urbanistic and architectural development from the point of view of the supposed “end of history”: How did Berlin become what it is today? Projects realized especially for the exhibition exemplify various urbanistic policies and their consequences for today’s Berlin. They depict partly contradictory processes and narratives that to this day are superimposing and intensifying in Berlin as a constructed city. There is not only one Berlin, but many myths and ideas of what Berlin is supposed to be. The exhibition reflects the perspectives and myths of history, of the market, and of creativity.