With the TU Berlin Architecture Museum currently closed to visitors, it has found a new way to share its collection. The Museum director Dr. Hans-Dieter Nägelke has prepared something special: Twice a month he presents highlights from the TU Berlin Architecture Museum in a video. The videos show works which in very different ways exemplify both the collection and the history of architecture itself. Fittingly for the 100th anniversary of Greater Berlin, the program starts with a design by Albert Gessner (1863-1953) for the “Groß-Berlin 1908/10” competition.
In addition to providing an opportunity to examine the museum’s highlights in detail, the videos also contain commentaries by Dr. Nägelke on the origins of the works, their artistic-technical execution, details of how the plans were realized, historical dates, interesting and little-known facts as well biographical details of the architects, archaeologists, painters and draftsmen behind the works.
The videos accompany the #closedbutopen exhibition, which is running during the coronavirus pandemic and which showcases 65 works from an exhibition staged nine years ago to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Architecture Museum. Architecture enthusiasts now have the opportunity to experience these works afresh online.
The Architecture Museum collection houses 145,000 objects: drawings, plans, photos and prints. They include the bequests of Alfred Messel (1853-1909), Hans Poelzig (1869-1936) and Hermann Jansen (1869-1945). True treasures.
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