"A House and its Facets - The New Synagogue Berlin in Times of Change. Photographs by Günter Krawutschke."
The freelance photographer and designer Günter Krawutschke (born 1940 in Staßfurt, Saxony-Anhalt) devoted himself in the past decades mainly to industrial portraits and the architecture of Berlin, especially the Spandauer Vorstadt. Over the years, he created a huge body of images: from 1988 to 1995, he photographed the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse, one of the most spectacular buildings in the center of Berlin. He thus documented in a unique way the afterlife of a building that once stood at the center of German Jewry and was almost completely destroyed during World War II.
Photographs of decay with overgrowth - from the former dome or the women's gallery, the historic staircase or the hidden arcade - are motifs that captivate the viewer today more than ever. They are glimpses into a bygone era, a time with all its contradictions and questions, new ideas and many traces.
A selection of these impressive motifs by Günter Krawutschke will be chosen for the presentation from the entire collection of pictures and exhibited in the historic rooms of the New Synagogue from September 2023 for about five months. The selected motifs will at the same time fit into the permanent exhibition Tuet auf die Pforten. Thus, they will be on display in the Rotunda, the Historic Staircase, the Dome, the Hall of Representatives and thus complement the narrative of the permanent exhibition to some extent. Visitors will be able to see very directly the different time levels of the history of the New Synagogue and those rooms in which they are currently located.
The selection of individual motifs is also intended to show what can no longer be seen today, to make what has been lost visible to a certain extent.
Admission: 7€ / 4,50 € reduced
Tickets are available at https://centrumjudaicum.de
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