- Date published
- February 9, 2023
The touring popup exhibition of Gesamtkunstwerke has reached Haderslev in Denmark. Curators Hendrik Bohle's and Jan Dimog's travelling exhibition and book "Gesamtkunstwerke", casts light on the lesser-known works by Arne Jacobsen and Otto Weitling in Germany from the 1960s and1970s.
The architecture of Arne Jacobsen and Otto Weitling is of outstanding importance for the post-war modern period in Germany, but has fallen into oblivion.
This is the premise of the new exhibition and the book "Gesamtkunstwerke", initiated to introduce the lesser-known works to a broader audience. "Gesamtkunstkwerke" intends to close this gap in the appreciation of their work with a thorough presentation of seven out of eight German projects by the Danish master architects. From February 2023 the exhibition is shown in Haderslev.
Till now the travelling exhibition was shown in Berlin, Hannover, Castrop-Rauxel, Hamburg, Fehmarn and Mainz. From February 3 - April 23, 2023 the exhibition is shown in Haderselv, Denmark, which is Otto Weitlings hometown. Later it will arrive in Rødovre.
The journey through the locations of the architecture leads us to the sea, to model towns and to the intricacies of modernism, prompting a debate in accordance with Otto Weitling: ‘Pros and cons would be a positive sign because a building that isn’t talked about is usually not worth talking about.”
Jacobsen and Weitling’s Scandinavian functionalism is a reflection of the visions of the former FRG – designs and commissions grounded in democracy, prestige and efficiency. The exhibition and publication also takes stock of how the legacy of late modernism is being handled.
The exhibition takes place as part of the German-Danish Cultural Year of Friendship in 2020 and on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Arne Jacobsen’s death in 2021.
“Pros and cons would certainly be a positive sign, because a house that is not talked about is usually not worth talking about."
The formation of Dissing+Weitling
Dissing+Weitling completed several projects started by Arne Jacobsen. Showing an aptitude with international projects, Dissing+Weitling built the Mainz City Hall in Germany, a holiday resort on the north German island of Fehmarn, and the Danish Embassy in London. In 1972, Dissing+Weitling also won competitions for the IBM Centre in Hamburg and the Art Gallery North Rhine-Westphalia in Dusseldorf, establishing the Dissing+Weitling name in its own right.
Otto Weitling worked as Associated Partner on Studio Arne Jacobsen's German projects. Following the death of Arne Jacobsen in 1971, Hans Dissing - who was Office Manager for Arne Jacobsen - and Otto Weitling were requested to continue the work on Arne Jacobsen’s many projects, amongst them Danmarks Nationalbank.