Humboldt Forum in Berlin City Palace, Foyer Auditorium, 2019
recycled concrete from the Palace of the Republic
110 letters, height 55 cm, depth 7 cm
With the laying of the foundation stone of a palace on the Spree Island in Berlin a complex struggle over space began. It is a history of construction and deconstruction, of conversion and aesthetical reshaping, of decay and devastation, of new development, demolition and reconstruction. The architecture always mirrored the particular societal conditions,
the claim to power and representative ambitions, as well as ideological, political and economical interests.
„The Architects“ takes into focus the recorded master builders and architects, who have shaped this space: Konrad Krebs, Caspar Theiss, Rochus Graf zu Lynar, Johann Arnold Nering, Andreas Schlüter, Eosander von Göthe, Martin Heinrich Böhme, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Friedrich August Stüler, Albert Dietrich Schadow, Heinz Graffunder and Franco Stella. Their principals went down in history with their forenames until the 20th century. Now the first names of the architects form a frieze of letters. The chain of names reaches back over 500 years and allows the audience to relate to the place.