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In the hope that Frankfurt would become the new German capital, the Paulskirche was rebuilt as a potential seat for the parliament in 194748, having been severely damaged by bombing raids. For this building task of national importance, the „Paulskirche Planning Committee“ was established, which, besides the prominent church architect Rudolf Schwarz, included his former staff member Johannes Krahn, the winner of an early competition Gottlob Schaupp as well as Municipal Planning Councilor Eugen Blanck. They wanted to “represent an image of the difficult path that our people must walk in this their most bitter hour” and created a deliberately sober space that symbolizes the new democratic era. By now, the Paulskirche has become a ceremonial hall where nationwide debates have their origin. However, its architectural quality is seldom acknowledged. The exhibition outlines the history of its construction and rebuilding from 1786 to today in parallel with the relevant political and social trends. Numerous historical and current photos are displayed, along with design drawings from the DAM’s collection. Particular attention is paid to the renovations in the 1960s and 1980s, which were accompanied by calls for reconstruction of the church to a pre-war state. These are resurfacing today in light of the approaching technical refurbishment.
Between 1950 and 1980 the playground was a creative laboratory. In the cities of the Global North, innovative, crazy and exciting projects emerged: Landscape architects, artists, activists and citizens wanted to provide children with the best place for play and try out a new approach to community and city at the same time. Starting with the pioneers of new playground concepts in the first half of the 20th century, The Playground Project brings the wealth of this period to life — with images, models, plans, books and numerous films, but also with playground sculptures for climbing, sliding and hiding. Everybody, be they children, parents, playground planners, teachers, architects or students, is welcome to discover the playground of yesterday and to consider those of tomorrow. The Playground Project was curated by Gabriela Burkhalter for the Kunsthalle Zürich, updated and complemented for the DAM.
Gottfried Böhms 100th birthday is on January 23, 2020. We intend to celebrate it: with an exhibition devoted to the pilgrimage church in Neviges, one of his most important designs. Commissioned by Franciscan monks and the second largest church in the Archdiocese of Cologne, a concrete cathedral was built between 1963 and 1968. The folded roof is currently being refurbished with an innovative textile-reinforced concrete layer.
In 2005 and 2006, there were major exhibitions at the DAM of the work of Gottfried Böhm and his father Dominikus Böhm. This exhibition presents archive materials from when the pilgrimage church was built and associates them with a view of the future. An extensive series of lectures brings together Böhm’s three architect sons, provides an insight into the technique of concrete restoration, and also enables the film “Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie” to be shown in Frankfurt again.
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The exhibition is supported by Ed. Züblin AG.
Since 2007, the DAM Prize for Architecture has been awarded annually to outstanding buildings in Germany. In 2020, the prize will be awarded by the German Architecture Museum (DAM) for the fourth time – in close cooperation with JUNG as a cooperation partner – in a staggered jury procedure.
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