Pop Up Pavilion Fabric of the Future

A performance of the artists Dundu
A performance of the artists Dundu | Photo: Marcin Oliva Soto

Clarity in Wrocław: The transparent Goethe-Institut Pop Up Pavilion was opened on Plac Nowy Targ in the 2016 European Capital of Culture. More than fifty international artists will be presented in this art cuboid between now and 10 July, which also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the German-Polish Treaty of Good Neighbourship.

“Space for Beauty” is the leitmotiv that Wrocław has given itself as the 2016 Capital of Culture. The Polish municipality is “a city of encounters that has a complex history, a city with a middle european fabric of the future,” said Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the president of the Goethe-Institut, at the opening of the Pop Up Pavilion on the central market square.

Plac Nowy Targ reflects the varied history of Wrocław from its destruction in the Second World War, its reconstruction in the Socialist style to present-day contemporary architecture.

The president of the Goethe-Institut Klaus-Dieter Lehmann with the cabaret artist Steffen Möller at the opening of the Pop Up Pavilion. The president of the Goethe-Institut Klaus-Dieter Lehmann with the cabaret artist Steffen Möller at the opening of the Pop Up Pavilion. | Photo: Marcin Oliva Soto The 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourship between Poland and Germany, which is also taking place this year, is the “incentive to guard and maintain the precious treasure of our good relations in the future and therefore not let us be unsettled by current developments,” Lehmann said.

The fully glazed cuboid measures 7 x 3 x 3 metres and is a stage and meeting place, laboratory and exhibition space. The opening night on 22 April offered the first opportunity to build socio-political bridges between the two countries that face common challenges. The Berlin writer Olga Grjasnowa and the Polish publicist Filip Springer discussed the topic of Liquid Identity.

Go to the photo album on Facebook Go to the photo album on Facebook  Until 10 July, more than fifty artists, most of them Polish and German, will appear in the Pop Up Pavilion. Niklas Roy’s musical construction machine will transform it into a gigantic Dadaistic music box. The Stuttgart ensemble DUNDU will perform on the opening weekend with light and puppets. The Berlin group StratoFyzika will hold a dance performance.

Into the summer, the Pavilion will focus on the themes of identities, urban utopias and games.

By Patrick Wilderrmann