Chaos & Renewal – Berlin 1920/2020
Date: 09/2019 – 07/2020
Client: Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Greater Berlin, molitor was responsible for planning the special exhibition “Chaos and Renewal – Berlin 1920/2020” for Berlin’s city museum, the Märkisches Museum.
In 1920, the “Greater Berlin Act” saw Berlin grow in size overnight to become the third largest metropolis in the world. Through the incorporation of numerous previously independent towns, rural communities and estate districts, a lively, vibrant and, in many ways, modern city was born. Nevertheless, the massive increase in area and population presented the city and its now 20 districts with major challenges, such as social justice, housing, administration, green and recreational areas, connections with the surrounding area, and traffic and mobility. Some of these topics are more pertinent today than ever before. As a result, the central question of the exhibition “What makes a big city work?” is posed twice – at both a historical and a present-day level. The two perspectives are spatially separated but repeatedly connected through content and design.
With this exhibition, the Stadtmuseum Berlin Foundation is pursuing its strategy of opening up this museum, especially with the current exhibition section “IMPETUS 2020”. Here, the design and presentation of the various topics was handed over to external curatorial groups, who each brought a different approach to their topic and found fresh, creative perspectives.
The central exhibition in the Märkisches Museum is part of a collaborative project with Berlin’s twelve district museums called “Big B – City Times Thirteen”, which features an extensive accompanying programme and an online portal.
Due to current coronavirus restrictions, the exhibition is unfortunately closed for the time being. But you visit it online! We hope you enjoy the virtual tour:
Link to tour:
Potos and 3D-tour: © Stefan Dendorfer