The Berlin architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann would have turned 100 on 6 March 2021. The large-scale project WERNER DÜTTMANN. BUILDING. BERLIN.commemorates this anniversary.
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.
The main 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. In addition to the Brücke Museum, interior displays are planned (also from 17 April 2021) in the foyer of the Akademie der Künste, the Hansabücherei (Hansa Library), KÖNIG GALERIE in St. Agnes and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HWK).