Wild Years Revisited 1990—1996
Goethe Pop Up Seattle is popping up again this month! Starting with the Capitol Art Walk on May 13, we invite you to visit our space to view the photography exhibition Berlin Wonderland and see how Berlin was shaped into what it is now in the years directly after the fall of the Berlin Wall from 1990-1996.
In 1989, many buildings in the district of Mitte were empty. Entire blocks had been abandoned. There was confusion surrounding the status and ownership of these properties, leaving a vacuum which was eagerly utilized by artists and cultural producers. Young creatives from around the world flocked to Berlin to explore new ways of living and took part in the rare opportunities that became available in this “temporary autonomous zone”. The resulting artistic and cultural projects were soon making waves far beyond the city limits. Galleries and event spaces were established, attracting streams of tourists. Within the artistic process itself, new trends emerged that continue to exert a powerful influence on the international art and music scene to this day.
The photographers Ben de Biel, Hendrik Rauch, Philipp von Recklinghausen, Stefan Schilling, Hilmar Schmundt, Andreas Trogisch, and Rolf Zöllner were part of this process. Their work offers a vivid insight into the dynamics of change during an unprecedented era of release, resistance, and reorganization; an era that shaped Berlin into what it is now – a creative melting pot with global resonance.
In 2007, Anke Fesel und Chris Keller founded the photo agency bobsairport
, which represents more than 80 photographers. Most of them come from Berlin. The agency’s archive houses an outstanding selection of contemporary photography. The publication of the same title, Berlin Wonderland
, is bobsairport’s first publication.
If you want to bring a piece of Berlin Wonderland home with you, you can! We are offering the framed exhibition prints by silent auction, open to all visitors in the month of May. All auction proceeds will go towards ACRS, Asian Counseling and Referral Service.
Please schedule your visit ahead of time through our website. Masks are required and social distancing measures are in place.
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