Erich Mendelsohn-Symposium 21./22. März 2022

21. März 2022

A symposium will be held on March 21st / 22nd to mark Erich Mendelsohn's 135th birthday. In identifying the potential of the Oeuvre of Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) for a UNESCO World Heritage transnational serial nomination, we invite papers that offer new perspectives on his life, his architecture, and their influence, and on strategies for such a nomination. We are particularly interested in exploring Mendelsohn´s cosmopolitan approach to modernity. We seek reflections on his global impact, as well as on the theoretical positions and technical innovations in which it was rooted.

Organisation: ICOMOS Germany, ICOMOS Israel und Architektenkammer Berlin 

Further information

Location: Architektenkammer Berlin, Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin
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21. March 2022 Symposium Day 1
Chamber of Architects Berlin, former Metal Workers Union House, Berlin 

9.00 - 9.30 opening block: welcome and greeting by hosts, organisers, supporters
9.30 - 12.00 block 1: World Heritage

13.00 - 15.00 block 2: The Impact of Spirituality on Mendelsohn´s Oeuvre
15.30 - 17.30 block 3: Life and Work in Exile

20.00 Evening Event
Movie night on the occasion of Mendelsohn's birthday with film screening “Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions” and discussion with the film maker and director Duki Dror
(Klick Kino, Windscheidstraße 19, 10627 Berlin)

22. March 2022 Symposium Day 2
Chamber of Architects Berlin, former Metal Workers Union House, Berlin 

9.00 - 10.00 visit of the IG Metall Haus and the Chamber of Architects Berlin Guided tour by the Berlin Chamber of Architects and the Erich Mendelsohn Initiative Circle
10.00 - 12.00 block 4: International Influence on and through Mendelsohn´s Work

13.00 - 15.00 block 5: Mendelsohn´s placement in architectural history
15.30 - 16.30 closing panel discussion
16.30 - 17.00 recap, outlook and thanks

download detailed programm here

Partner Institutions:
Arenson Built Heritage Research Center at the Technion Haifa
Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologisches Landesmuseum
Council for the Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel
Deutsche UNESCO Kommission (tbc)
DOCOMOMO Israel and DOCOMOMO Germany
Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des Lebens und Wirkens deutschsprachiger jüdischer Architekten
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Israel National Commission for UNESCO (tbc)
Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Landesdenkmalamt Berlin
Triennale der Moderne / Triennial of Modernism

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