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1920s ecology: The Bauhaus approach to environmentalism

A new double exhibition at nGbK and the botanical gardens is called Licht, Luft, Scheiße — light, air, shit in English. It deals with ecological models of thinking from Bauhaus onwards.

Gitte Villesen: There is an affinity, 2019 (Photo: Gitte Villesen) part of the "licht, luft, scheiße" exhibition in Berlin.
Gitte Villesen: There is an affinity, 2019 (Photo: Gitte Villesen).

Biodiversity, recycling, sustainability and self-reliance: sounds current — and it is. But these are also topics that have surfaced repeatedly over the past hundred years, at least in reform-oriented or avant-garde schools of thinking such as the Bauhaus. Indeed, during the 1920s and 1930s, a number of reform movements sprung up in response to growing industrialisation. From social housing to urban gardening projects, eco-agriculture to circular waste management. Licht, Luft, Scheiße – perspectives on ecology and modernity introduces a number of these century-old thought models and practices. And in not one, but two exhibitions! At Dahlem’s Botanischer Garten it’s more practically-oriented. The exhibition at nGbK in Kreuzberg is more theory-based.

Botanischer Garten Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, Zehlendorf, daily from 9am-7pm
U-Bahn station Dahlem-Dorf

Oranienstraße 25, Kreuzberg, daily from 12pm-6pm, fridays until 8pm
U-Bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof

Translated by Aida Baghernejad

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