Just in time for the start of the European Heritage Year 2018, the theater collection of the TU Berlin goes online with over 5,000 objects. The cooperation project between the TU Berlin and the Beuth University, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, after two years has successfully reached it’s goal – the development and digitilization of the theatre collection of the TU Berlin.
The collection houses well-preserved archives from 1939 to 1969 to more than 500 theater buildings mainly in Germany, Austria, France, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia. The pictorial materials – floor plans, sections, photographs and written documents – give a unique overview of the state of Central European cultural buildings in the mid-20th century: On the one hand the collection provides an inventory of the visionary developments of the 20s and 30s, on the other hand the objects document both stagnation and also deconstruction during the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945. At the same time, the collection gives valuable insights into the visions of the architectural emergence of post-war modernism until the 1960s and 1970s.
The collection is now freely accessible to the public via the online database of TU Berlin’s Architekturmuseum and already provides a valuable contribution to the preservation and visualization of cultural (theater) heritage in Europe.
Architekturmuseum TU Berlin – Dr. Hans-Dieter Nägelke
FG Theatertechnik Beuth HS Berlin – Prof. Dr. Bri Newesely
Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum TU Berlin – head of project: Franziska Ritter
tutors: Robert Huth, Julia Kleinschmidt, Birte Dördelmann
Franziska Ritter, email@example.com, Tel: +49 (0)30 – 314 72 174