Opening Harf Zimmermann | ASSERVATE

Berlin, 16 April 2018 – After the successful opening and the continued intense interest in the photographic exhibition “Harf Zimmermann | ASSERVATE”, visitors interested in the artist can attend two complimentary guided tours of the exhibition in the historic Kornversuchsspeicher in Berlin Mitte: Tuesday, 17 April at 5 pm as well as on Sunday, 22 April at 4 pm. Please register at the website

The unique exhibition comprises 30 photographs from 30 years (1988 – 2018) about Berlin and has been compiled by Felix Hoffmann, principal curator C|O Berlin, that are only on view until 22 April. Thus the public also has the rare opportunity to see this historical 19th century landmark brick building from the inside before the renovation works begin soon.

The exhibition is supported and presented by Thomas Bergander, managing director of TAURECON GmbH, the developer of the “Quartier Heidestrasse” in the Europacity.

A Trabant 500, a view in a hall with rich ornamentation and the palace building site of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin’s centre—impressions of a city that has changed its face like no other European metropolis since 1989. Harf Zimmermann’s photographs strikingly illuminate the transformations over time. The Trabant stands in an empty street in East Berlin. The glance into the Hall of Mirrors of Clärchens Ballhaus in Berlin Mitte, the way a half-demolished interior has been conserved throughout the period in which Germany was divided. It was only rediscovered in the 1990s. And finally the palace construction site points to where the Palast der Republik once stood and now a symbol of sovereignty in the late Hohenzollern Empire rises anew—in concrete. The view of the place in the east of the city, where old breaches are closed and new ones emerge.

Berlin does not have a continuous history but one that is complicated and manifold. Shaped by Prussia, by National Socialism, the Berlin Wall, the Cold War and the Reunification. The interruptions that already occurred in the period until the end of the Berlin Wall have now been sculpted through photography. With his tripod-mounted, large format camera, using very large negatives, Zimmermann has documented the simultaneity of the transition. His pictures show the change, the failures and the successes between.

No other German photographer, with concentration on East Berlin, has documented the location in such detail over such a long period and with the same artisanal mastery—describing and rendering visible the historical transformation. Especially here it will be clear how varied the work with building materials, architecture and living space has been. The photographs by Zimmermann are time capsules that preserve the past and offer an outlook into the future.

Harf Zimmermann | ASSERVATE
Photographs 1988 – 2018
Heidestraße 20c, 10557 Berlin
until 22 April open daily from 1 pm until 6 pm

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