“Modernity in Film, Art, and Architectural Culture”
Turn up the lights and open your eyes—because this year, there is a lot to discover—and to see. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cornerstone laying of the film studios in Potsdam-Babelsberg, sites throughout Brandenburg will collectively raise the curtain on a series of projects and events which focus on film. Over one hundred years ago, the modern medium burst triumphantly upon the scene with its unique appeal that it holds even today. Under the umbrella title “Licht | Spiel | Haus – moderne in film. kunst. baukultur” (“Licht|spiel,” literally “light-play,” or “moving picture”; | House—Modernity in Film. Art. Architectural Culture”), numerous cultural events dealing with cinema and its stars, both great and small, as well as with authentic film locations in Brandenburg will be presented.
For example, visitors can have a look at the film sets of Fritz Lang’s films in the former open-cast mine Rüdersdorf/Woltersdorf. In late August 2011, films and film scores from the 1920s und 30s will be featured there. In November, “Sieben Tage Kinokult” (“Seven Days of the Cult of Cinema”) will be the motto of the Rüdersdorfer Kulturhaus. The Museum Lübben will dedicate the special display “Verliebt in die Liebe” (“In Love with Love”) to film greats such as Camilla Horn or Asta Nielsen, who became the ultimate silent film star of her time with Der fremde Vogel (The Strange Bird), filmed in the Spreewald (famous lowland in Brandenburg). And for those who want to know how “moving pictures” learned how to “walk” in “moving” or “bustling cities,” a discovery tour to the old cinemas in cities with historic town centers will provide the answer. You can also enjoy movies under the summer sky at numerous open-air cinemas at authentic locations in Potsdam, Groß Behnitz, and Zempow. Starting in December, the project “Alias Yederbeck” at the Schiffbauergasse in Potsdam will analyze what the cinema of the future at the threshold of a multimedia event will look like.
In 2011, the “Golden Age” has returned to Brandenburg. And just as film represents a start of a brand new age, this new start is reflected throughout Brandenburg in the architecture of classical modernity. With buildings designed by Erich Mendelsohn, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and many others, Brandenburg offers sites with an extraordinary architectural cultural tradition. In 2011, various exhibits and projects will enable you to experience this tradition. Starting mid-March, the exhibit “Aufbruch in die Moderne—Architektur in Brandenburg 1919 bis 1933” (“Embarking into Modernity—Architecture in Brandenburg, 1919-1933”) in the Potsdamer Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte (Potsdam House of Brandenburg-Prussian History) will provide an overview of buildings and architectural ensembles that are either famous or waiting for you to discover.
Many projects investigate modernity and modernization by means of their concrete manifestations in the city and in the countryside. Bernau (near Berlin)—with its Bundesschule (Federal School of the German Trade Unions), conceived by Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer and evidencing the Bauhaus-style—presents itself as a site of modernity. And Forst (Lausitz) will present “Kühne-Zeiten” (“kühn” = “bold”; literally “Bold Times,” or “The Times of [Rudolf] Kühne”) and his legacy for architecture and city planning. An additional aspect of the 2011 Theme Year will be the architecture of the “Ostmoderne” (“East-Modernity”), which to this very day shapes several cities in the Land Brandenburg. For instance, the Stadtmuseum Cottbus will feature the special exhibit “Mit uns zieht die Neue Zeit” (“The New Age Marches on with Us”), and “Metropolar” is organizing a project on the topic in Potsdam.
The official, public opening event for Kulturland Brandenburg 2011 will take place on May 12.