Sehnsucht Stadt

Exhibition

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“Sehnsucht Stadt” is the title of the first exhibition in our rooms in Düsseldorf’s Carlstadt which opens on September 10, 2021. The idea to this exhibition arose during the project House Bruno Lambart, a reconstruction of a 1950’s residential building by the renowned architect Bruno Lambart.

“Sehnsucht Stadt” is the title of the first exhibition in our rooms in Düsseldorf’s Carlstadt which opens on September 10, 2021. The idea to this exhibition arose during the project House Bruno Lambart, a reconstruction of a 1950’s residential building by the renowned architect Bruno Lambart.

Research into post-war modernism and townhouses from this period in Düsseldorf shows the variety and number of outstanding examples of everyday architecture from the reconstruction years. In many German cities much of the housing stock was destroyed during the war. The resulting uniform image of reconstruction can be found in numerous cities all over the country. While the landmark buildings of post-war architecture are now being appreciated and protected as historical monuments, in many places there is a lack of appreciation for the everyday architecture of this time.

However, a closer look at this era can hold quite some inspiration regarding the diverse, subtle interweaving of models, trends, references and technical innovations that were used.

The city of Düsseldorf holds a special position in the Federal German context, since in the form of the so-called Düsseldorf Architects' Dispute, the opposing architectural attitudes were reflected in political and personal form and thus have an exemplary character for the reconstruction debate in the Federal Republic.

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The aim of the exhibition is to make the design of everyday architecture of this time visible using the typology of the town house. The examples were chosen more or less randomly during walks through the city. There are many houses like this in the city, so the selection is incomplete.

Life in the city and the typology of the townhouse have not lost their relevance and popularity to this day. Today, as then, the townhouse stands in a reciprocal relationship with its context, finds its shape in the interplay of rule and exception and its specialness in the details.

The exhibition illuminates the shape of the townhouse and sees itself as a plea for a new, differentiated appreciation of this architecture. It would like to provide an impetus for a responsible handling of the historical legacy of the post-war period and make a contribution to further construction.

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About Alexandra Apfelbaum

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Apfelbaum has been a freelance art and architecture historian since 2009, and since 2018 she has held the position of substitute professor for the history and theory of architecture and the city at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. She is chairwoman of the Ruhrmoderne Initiative and the German Werkbund NRW. The focus of her work is research on the interfaces between architecture and art of the 20th century with a focus on North Rhine-Westphalia and the post-war period. She also curated and published numerous exhibitions and publications on architects and their work.

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About Marie Kreibich

Marie Kreibich works as a freelance photographer and graphic designer in Cologne. She studied communication design (B.A.) with a focus on editorial design and reportage photography at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Her photographic work is the conceptual examination of places, spaces and the banalities of everyday life. Her work has been published by Design Made in Germany and Kwerfeldein, among others, and exhibited during the Düsseldorf Photoweekend.

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