Solo Exhibition

»Allies in Berlin – The architectural heritage«

Mila Hacke

Exhibition now closed, but roundtable discussion, new digital exhibition, film screenings & travelling exhibition, please see below!

The exhibition presents large-format photographs of the Allies’ post-war buildings, highlighting architectural icons and unknown gems. These include cultural institutions, schools, and sports facilities as well as churches in barracks and housing estates. Some of the buildings are threatened with demolition. Also on view are the former headquarters and the Berlin Air Safety Centre of the four-power administration and the Kommandatura (command post) and airports of the Western Allies. The venture is, therefore, to view the Allies’ architectural legacy through today’s eyes.

Mila Hacke has been exploring the architecture and architectural history of post-war modernism and of the Allied presence in Berlin for many years. Her architectural photos were shown in the exhibitions ‘Revisited – Allied Sites in Berlin’ in the Allied Museum (2010–11) and ‘Gifts of the Americans’ in Amerika Haus (2009).

The opening marks the 70th anniversary of the Liberty Bell, which was inaugurated on October 24, 1950, in Rathaus Schöneberg, and heralded German Reunification on October 3, 1990 – on which occasion the ringing was broadcast live to the Reichstag (parliament building).

Framework program

Guided Tours at Urania > cancelled due to Covid-19
Curator’s Guided Tours on April 8th & 9th & 15th 2021, each 5:30 pm & 8 pm.
Admission free, registration required.

June 19 — 27, 2021
Travelling exhibition
On view from June 19 — 27, 2021 at Studentendorf Schlachtensee, (Wasgenstraße 75, 14129 Berlin) in the framework of the Architecture Exhibitions Weekend (June 19 & 20) and the Tag der Architektur (June 26 & 27).

Nov 18, 2021, 7:30 – 9:30 pm > POSTPONED to May 2022
Roundtable Discussion
(held in German)
»Kulturinstitutionen im Gespräch – Russisches Haus, Institut Français, British Council, Amerikahaus München«
Admission free, registration required:

Die Kulturinstitute der Vier Siegermächte haben das Berliner und generell das deutsche Kulturleben bereichert. Ihre Bedeutung hat sich im Laufe der 30 Jahre deutscher Einheit verändert; die Stadt ist um ein Vielfaches reicher an internationalen Kulturinstitutionen. Begleitend zur Fotoausstellung „Alliierte in Berlin – das Architekturerbe“ diskutieren Vertreter dieser Häuser über ihre Arbeit im Rückblick auf die besondere Rolle in Berlin, die Überwindung des Kalten Kriegs und den politischen Wechsel 1990. Können Sprach-, Wissenschafts- und diplomatischer Austausch eine Grundlage sein, ein gemeinsames Verständnis von kultureller Zukunft zu garantieren?
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krieger, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Pavel Izvolsky, Leiter Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur,
Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Geschäftsführerin Amerikahaus München,
Cyril Blondel, Botschaftsrat, Leiter Institut Français Deutschland,
Paul Smith, Direktor British Council Berlin

Roundtable discussion with friendly support by: Friede Springer Stiftung, Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung. // Project partner: Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur Berlin, Institut Français Berlin, British Council Berlin, Amerikahaus München // Media partner: Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Short film projections
1 min short film projections at Urania Berlin and Conrad (opposite Urania), from Easter 2021 on outdoor video walls.

Film with exhibition tour by Mila Hacke
“Digital Ausstellung: Alliierte in Berlin − das Architekturerbe”
19 min., film by Alexandra von der Heyde ©

Urania Berlin

Oct 25, 2020 — Apr 6, 2021
Exhibition closed but new digital offers, see framework program above

An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin
[District: Schöneberg | Borough: Tempelhof-Schöneberg]

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 4 – 10 pm

Admission free

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