For the second time, four of Berlin’s leading institutions (Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) open their exhibitions together under one topical roof. Initiated and supported by the senate, the project acts as the prelude to the Berlin Art Week 2015. The exhibition “The Dialogic City: Berlin becomes Berlin” explores perspectives on dialogic acting in the city in seven chapters, and the publication of the same name is its central starting point: Beyond approaches of participation, possibilites of how to reconcile seemingly irreconcilable opposites are drafted from different perspectives. The first edition of Dialogic City is dedicated to Berlin, where these antagonisms are in place more extremely than elsewhere.
Thematically following the chapters of the publication, seven comments are realized in the great exhibition hall of the Berlinische Galerie. The presentation includes approximately 500 models from the architectural collection of the Berlinische Galerie that, as the state museum for architecture, stores records and models of Berlin’s architectural competitions among other things. Due to a lack of financial and personnel resources, only a fraction of the material has been digitalized yet. The exhibition deals with this problem by making the models from the depot visible in the exhibition space. An integral part of the museum that is normally hidden from the public view thus becomes visible. With the aid of the models, an alternative Berlin can be imagined and reconstructed using the competition entries. Furthermore, they exhibit a history of ideas that remain even though they weren’t realized, and can be used as an inspiration for contemporary debates about the city.
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