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Solo Exhibition

»Of Staying and Changing«

Charlottenburg Neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s

Photographs by Gottfried Schenk

With the beginning of the industrialization towards the end of the 19th century, the workers’ quarters around Friedrich-Karl-Platz, today’s Klausenerplatz, were built around Charlottenburg Palace. The urban renewal program of 1963 brought forth the exodus of the traditional residents to new neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. The redevelopment program of Neue Heimat Berlin left many apartments vacant, so students and workers from southern Europe and Turkey started moving in.

An alternative milieu emerges with shared flats, trendy bars and the Sunday flea market at Klausenerplatz. The Tenants’ Initiative Sanierungsgebiet Klausenerplatz e.V., founded in 1973, fights for the preservation of the houses and demands their modernization at affordable rents. The architect Hardt-Waltherr Hämer, who is putting cautious urban renewal into practice with a pilot project in Block 118, supports the initiative as well.

Gottfried Schenk, an affected tenant and activist, has accompanied the process photographically over many years. His pictures provide a retrospective view of an eventful time in the tenant and squatter movement. At the same time, they also point to current developments in the real estate market, thereby showing the urgency of the housing issue and underlining the topicality of the photographs shown.

Opening of the photo exhibition "5 Years of Tenants' Initiative" in the Tenants' Initiative office at Nehringstraße 11. © Gottfried Schenk, 1978
Man with a worker's cap at the street festival of the Tenants' Initiative at Klausenerplatz. © Gottfried Schenk, 1979
Activist of the Tenants' Initiative at the bicycle rally to the Reichstag © Gottfried Schenk, 1977

Gottfried Schenk, born 1949 in Kufstein / Austria, lives in Berlin since 1970. He studied electrical engineering as well as philosophy and now works as a freelance author and photographer. His photo books “Charlottenburgs rote Insel. From the Zille Milieu to the Klausenerplatz Neighborhood” and “Berlin Transformations. Changing Berlin” were published in 2016 and 2018, respectively; the illustrated book “West-Berlin. Kiez & Subkultur 1975-1990” in 2021. He lived in the Klausenerplatz neighborhood from 1974 to 1988 and was an active member of the Tenants’ Initiative Sanierungsgebiet Klausenerplatz e.V.. While his photography arose from the concrete motivation as an affected redevelopment tenant of Neue Heimat Berlin, the urban-historical perspective of Heinrich Zille also inspires him.

Framework program

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Sunday, Oct 2, 2022, 12 noon + Thursday, Dec 8, 2022, 6 pm
Guided tours
with the photographer and exhibition curator Gottfried Schenk.
Held in German. Free of charge. Please register by calling +49 30 9029 24106.

Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in der Villa Oppenheim

Sep 2, 2022 — Jan 8, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep 1, 6 pm,
Greeting by Anastasia Dittmann | Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
+ Framework program: please see above

Schloßstraße 55 / Otto-Grüneberg-Weg · 14059 Berlin
[District: Charlottenburg | Borough: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Tue – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat & Sun & holidays 11 am – 5 pm

Admission free | Temporarily no access for wheelchairs

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