Gesamtkunstwerke – Architecture by Arne Jacobsen and Otto Weitling
Forum und Rathaus Castrop-Rauxel, 6.9.–4.11..2021
The Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen mastered design from the smallest fork to the monumental town hall. Less well known is that he also realized a number of projects in Germany in close partnership with the Danish architect Otto Weitling – a collaboration that set the tone for the development of modernist architectural language.
The history of these buildings and their subsequent perception reveals much about their time of origin and the ideas and visions that preceded them – but also about the close connection between architecture, city and politics.
The exhibition and the accomapanying book published in our program illuminate the work of architects in Germany. Here they have realized projects on various scales: from the bright Arne Jacobsen Foyer in Hanover to a group of residential buildings in Berlin’s Hansaviertel, the City Hall in Mainz, the Christianeum in Hamburg, the HEW high-rise in City Nord, and urban development projects such as the Forum Castrop-Rauxel or the vacation resort on the island of Fehmarn: here German-Danish architectural history becomes visible.