July 11, 2017

Berlin’s Haus am Waldsee Begins $3.3 Million Renovation

BERLIN, GERMANY—Berlin’s Haus am Waldsee, an exhibition space for contemporary art, will undergo a $3.3 million renovation, Monopol reports. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, July 4. The Haus am Waldsee will remain closed during construction and is slated to reopen in June 2018.

The Haus am Waldsee’s board of trustees announced that a wing damaged during World War II will be rebuilt. In addition to the refurbishment of several administrative and exhibition areas, the project will also add a library, an event space, and an external elevator to make the institution more accessible to people with disabilities.

Located in Berlin’s outlying Zehlendorf neighborhood, the Haus am Waldsee was originally built as a private villa in 1923. Designed by architect Max Werner, the home changed hands several times and was even bought by a former president of the Reichsfilmkammer (Film Chamber of the Reich), a public corporation that regulated the film industry in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945. It became an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art in 1946. A show featuring works by painter, printmaker, and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz and painter Ewald Vetter inaugurated the space. While it originally focused on exhibiting works of “degenerate art,” the villa soon began presenting a broad range of international artists, including Henry Moore, Leiko Ikemura, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Cindy Sherman.

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