Berlin, 1945-2000: A Photographic Subject explores how German and international photographers alike captured Berlin between the immediate postwar years and the end of the twentieth century. Featuring over 200 works, some of which have never been exhibited before, it is comprised of three sections that include single photographs, photographic series, and one 26-minute film by twenty-three photographers who took Berlin as their subject and, on occasion, as the inspiration for their work.
The curator, Dr. Candice M. Hamelin, will offer guided tours every Friday at 7 pm, alternating between German and English, during the month of October, as the exhibition is part of the EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography.
During the tours, Dr. Candice M. Hamelin will take visitors through the exhibition’s three sections and speak to the diverse photographic practices that flourished in Berlin as well as to the immense social, cultural, political and architectural changes that the city underwent over the course of fifty-five years. The following topics, among others, will arise when discussing the works included in Berlin, 1945–2000: A Photographic Subject: the damage Berlin endured during the final years of the Second World War; the collective efforts of the Trümmerfrauen (Rubble Women) in the immediate postwar period; everyday life in the second half of the 1940s and 1950s; the building boom in the Eastern and Western parts of the city in the 1960s and 1970s; the guest workers who came to West Berlin in the 1960s and 1970s; subcultures that began to be seen and photographed in the late 1970s and 1980s; ways of life that either vanished or emerged shortly following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989; the large development projects that slowly replaced some of the city’s ruins and voids after German reunification; and the city’s rebranding as the (sub)cultural hotspot of Europe in the 1990s.
Tours will be approximately 45 minutes and tickets (€ 15, including the entrance fee) can be booked online. The number of participants is limited to 12 people and the tour will take place in accordance to the Stiftung Reinbeckhallen’s Health and Safety Regulations.
Overview of the dates:
02.10.2020, 7pm: Guided tour in English
09.10.2020, 7pm: Guided tour in German
16.10.2020, 7pm: Guided tour in English
23.10.2020, 7pm: Guided tour in German
30.10.2020, 7pm: Guided tour in English