Eighteenth Century Mousetrap Salesman

from the exhibition New Architecture. Berlin around 1800 at the Alte Nationalgalerie. The exhibition (which has been extended until June 10th) illustrates the blossoming of Berlin architecture through paintings and drawings by Schinkel, Gilly and Langhans. The visitor is propelled into a parallel dream Berlin, a gentle garden of order and aesthetics punctuated by regal monumentalism. Particularly interesting for me were the proposals for Rosenthaler Tor (so very different than today’s intersection!) and Gilly’s proposal for a monument to Friedrich der Grosse in Leipziger Platz. I found it monstrous, a strange conflation of funerary architecture and classical monumentalism, but it was this painting that convinced Schinkel to become an architect! If you have an interest in Berlin history and architecture you mustn’t miss the exhibition – and remember Thursdays the Alte Nationalgalerie is open until 22:00 and entrance is Free!

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