The Berlin architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann would have turned a hundred years old on 6 March 2021. This anniversary will be celebrated with the large-scale exhibition Werner Düttmann. Berlin.Bau.Werk. As an architect, head of the Senate Building Department (1960–66), professor at the Technische Universität of Berlin (1966–70), and president of the Akademie der Künste (1971–83), Düttmann was one of the central figures in the life and culture of West Berlin during his lifetime. In his various functions, he left his mark on the public face and structure of this city — from Reinickendorf to Dahlem, from Neukölln to Spandau. The spectrum of his works includes residential and cultural buildings, public squares, community and traffic structures.
Very much in the spirit of Düttmann’s extremely communicative personality, this project is conceived like a network. Around thirty of his extant buildings and squares in Berlin will be actively integrated into the exhibition and experienced at no charge in situ as ‘actual-size’ objects. In addition to the Akademie der Künste in Hansa district and the Hansa Library, these include, among others, the traffic tower on Kurfürstendamm and the Ernst-Reuter-Platz, the St. Agnes Church (now the Galerie König) in Kreuzberg and St. Martin’s Church in the Märkisches Viertel, the architect’s residential buildings in the latter district, and the subway stations Blaschkoallee, Parchimer Allee, and Britz-Süd on the U7 line.
Parallel to the exhibition, the website wernerduettmann.de is being developed as a digital and central information and navigation tool. It opens virtual doors, for example to closed residential buildings, provides an overview of Düttmann's work in Berlin and navigates visitors through and to the exhibition sites in the city.
The presentation at Brücke-Museum offers a chronological overview of all of his Berlin buildings and thus provides inspiration actively to discover the buildings and urban space. It also presents Düttmann’s little-known artistic origins as well as parts of his eclectic collection of art. Last but not least, the presentation addresses and honours the Brücke-Museum itself as a building and as an exemplary space for art. To that end, one exhibition space is being restored to its historical state and selected masterpieces from the collection will be shown in their original hanging.
Werner Düttmann. Berlin.Bau.Werk is a cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, the Landesdenkmalamt (Monument Authority) Berlin, and the Technische Universität Berlin. An extensive catalogue will be published in German and English by Wasmuth & Zohlen Verlag.
The exhibition is supported by LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin and Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
The publication is supported by Wüstenrot Stiftung.