Exhibition

Raumschiff Enterprise

7 Apr 2022 – 3 Oct 2022

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
14:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
14:00 – 18:00
Thursday
14:00 – 18:00
Friday
14:00 – 18:00
Saturday
14:00 – 18:00
Sunday
Closed

Special hours

02-Oct-2022
14:00 – 18:00
03-Oct-2022
14:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Galerie TZB

Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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  • Mohrenstraße
  • Mohrenstraße
  • Potsdamer Platz
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The iconic Czech Embassy building on Mohrenstraße has been fondly referred to as the Starship Enterprise. It was designed by the architect couple Machonin in 1972. This exhibition with photographs by Schnepp Renou is dedicated to this building, its furniture, art and history.

About

Designed by the architects Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin, the building of the Czech embassy in Berlin is an architectural icon built at the heart of a divided city. Designed in 1972 and completed in 1978, the embassy was nicknamed “Raumschiff Enterprise” – a spaceship that landed in the terrain vague in close proximity to the Berlin Wall. The embassy is an outstanding achievement of Brutalism in Berlin. Its unique features transcend the East-West difference in terms of creativity and style, expressed in the individual designs of the architects, their constructive abilities, art conceptions and craftsmanship. Despite these apparent qualities, the building’s contested reception as “communist” or “Eastern” and difficult maintenance continuously casts a shadow on its persistence as a cultural monument.

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the planning of the embassy, from the frst design in 1972 until today. It showcases a unique semi-staged photography series by renowned Berlin and Paris based photographers Simon Schnepp and Morgane Renou. The “archive” presents reproductions of historical plans from the National Gallery Prague, photography and a model from the Berlinische Galerie and original furniture designs by Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin from the building.

Curator: Helena Huber-Doudová

Curator Czech Centre Berlin: Simona Binko

Photography: Schnepp Renou

Video: Nico Fritzenschaft

Architecture: Miroslav Pazdera

Graphics: Klára Kvízová, Matyáš Bartoň (KKGraphics)

Loans and archive material: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, National Gallery Prague

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Simona Binko

Helena Huber-Doudová

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Schnepp Renou

Taking part

Berlinische Galerie

Berlin, Germany

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