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The history of reconstruction
dal 20/7/2010 al 30/10/2010

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Katharina Horn

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The history of reconstruction

Alte Pinakothek, Munich

The construction of history reconstruction

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For years "reconstruction" has been the subject of a heated debate. However, reconstructions can be found since Antiquity, as throughout history buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt if required, for a variety of reasons and with alternating perceptions and definitions of "reconstruction". A look at history and a differentiated view at the concepts can help to set the problems and arguments in a wider historical context, thus relieving the current discussion of its emotional aspect.

As exposed witnesses of the past and in front of everyone’s eyes, buildings have always played a particular part in the formation and imprint of a "cultural memory" (Jan Assmann). With a deliberate recourse, the lost ‘place of remembrance’ is restored as an important bearer of the most diverse meanings by means of a reconstruction.

Many reconstructions have never been debated, such as the re-erection of the Campanile at St. Mark’s Square in Venice after its collapse in 1902, others have been integrated into the history of the respective building and have long been historical documents themselves.

By means of 85 representative case studies and 200 reconstructions - ranging from Japan to Canada and from ancient Greece to the present day - the exhibition is presenting and analysing the various motives in favour of reconstructing lost buildings. The spectrum embraces reconstructions carried out for reasons of religious continuity or due to national motives, as well as in response to aesthetic concepts or commercial demands. Models, paintings, plans, photographs and animations provide a comprehensive insight into a fascinating subject.

An extensive publication with 16 essays and a catalogue of renowned scholars accompany the exhibition.

Supporting Program

Lecture: Professor Dr.-Ing. Winfried Nerdinger | Introductions: Construction and Reconstruction of historical continuity
THU 23.09.2010 | Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium in the Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Str. 40 | 80333 Munich | 18.00 | free entrance

Lecture: Professor Dr. Aleida Assmann | Reconstruction – The second chance, or: Architecture from the archive
THU 21.10.2010 | Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium in the Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Str. 40 | 80333 Munich | 18.00 | free entrance

Image: Campanile of San Marco in Venice, after its collapse 1902 © FROM: L'ILLUSTRAZIONE ITALIANA OF 20.7.1902

Press and PR
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Press Preview: 21.07.2010, h 11.00
Opening: 21.07.2010, h 19.00

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