Neighbourhood stories. 101 years Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg
Exhibition: 12 May – 30 June 2021
Thursday, 27 May, 5.30 pm: Lecture on 100 years of Greater Berlin with Phd Hanno Hochmuth (Historian, Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF))
Deutschlandtreffen, Deutsche Sporthalle, Karl-Marx Allee in Friedrichshain, 1964 (c) Archiv FOTOGALERIE Friedrichshain
101 years ago Berlin came into being as we know it today. Old Berlin is merged with the surrounding towns, villages and estates to form Greater Berlin. Overnight the population doubles to almost four million, and twenty new districts are created.
They include Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg – two artificial products formed from the districts of the historic city centre and named after parks. While the names of the old districts, such as Königsstadt, Stralauer Viertel or Luisenstadt are slowly fading, the new neighborhoods are developing their own names and attributions, such as Chicago on the Spree, SO 36 or RAW grounds. Some are forgotten today, others are popular far beyond the city limits.
The exhibition, shown last year at the FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum and now crossing the river Spree to be presented at the historic FOTOGALERIE Friedrichshain, tells the stories of the neighborhoods of the past 101 years. It explores social realities, self-portrayals and external attributions: What do the various urban spaces stand for, who lived and worked here, what do people associate with their neighbourhood?
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von:
Verein zur Erforschung und Darstellung der Geschichte Kreuzbergs e. V.