Potsdam: Kunsthaus Minsk on Brauhausberg

Potsdam. On September 8, 2022, the Hasso Plattner Foundation invited you to visit the new Kunsthaus Minsk on Brauhausberg, the opening will take place on September 24, 2022.

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“Minsk” is the newest project of the foundation. It is supposed to be a meeting place for modern and contemporary art – works from the former GDR from Hasso Plattner’s collection are shown in new contexts and juxtaposed with contemporary art.

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The reconstruction of the terrace restaurant, built in the 1970s in the GDR modernist style, which after reunification remained empty for a long time and was about to be finally demolished, began a good two years ago.

It was supposed to open in March 2022. But there were construction delays mainly due to the Corona.

Two exhibitions will be shown at the start: Wolfgang Mattheuer “The Neighbor Who Wants to Fly” and Stan Douglas “Potsdam’s Allotment Gardens for the Public”.

In the photo: from the left a graphic by artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeld shown in tiles.  Culture 09/08/2022 Minsk Potsdam A press tour in the renovated Minsk.

In the photo: from the left a graphic by artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeld shown in tiles. Culture 09/08/2022 Minsk Potsdam A press tour in the renovated Minsk.

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Two vernissages (duration: 24/09/2022 – 15/01/2023) present two artists from the Hasso Plattner’s Collection, thoroughly devoted to the political theme of landscape – a theme that plays a central role in the collection, from impressionism to the present. Wolfgang Mattheuer (* 1927 in Reichenbach / Vogtland; † 2004) repeatedly painted his immediate surroundings and his own garden. Sometimes his landscape painting seems to grow out of visible reality, sometimes it contains mythological elements. The exhibition presents works from the years 1960-2000.

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Photographer and filmmaker Stan Douglas (* 1960 in Vancouver) photographed the DAAD plots in Potsdam in the early 1990s and documented the city immediately after reunification. For the film, Sandman (1995), also shown at the exhibition, he built and filmed two allotment gardens in the former DEFA studios in Babelsberg. The simultaneous exhibitions and accompanying publication reflect the wide and fenced nature and the city and industry in the tension between conservation and restoration.

Founding Director Paola Malavassi: Reflecting on the Past

“The architecture of the former GDR will be preserved, and we also decided to keep the historical name“ Minsk ”. The exhibition house uses the means of art to critically examine the chapter of history in which it was created, ”says founding director Paola Malavassi. “We consider the past from the present – convinced that the present cannot be understood without the past. The complexity and contradiction of life experiences form the basis of our program. In doing so, we are distinguishing between political systems and the populations living within them.

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Since its inception, the “Minsk” restaurant has also been a venue for events and music. In addition to exhibitions, concerts, lectures and performances will be held here.

In autumn 2022, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt Cagy Being (Cage Being) 3 will be installed on the stairs from “Minsk” to Brauhausberg. Large-scale works on the wall were planned in a nursery in 1989, but after the fall of the wall, it was never realized. Now, thirty years later, this important work, depicting five children in a geometrically abstract form, will be on display for the first time. The installation announces an extensive retrospective by artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt at the MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam in early 2023. The artist, born in Wurzen in 1932, is considered a pioneer of “Mail Art” in the former GDR. Her work includes “Typescripts”, graphics, collages and pictures. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf-Rehfeldt stopped working as an artist. In November 2022, her work will be awarded the Hannah Höch Prize of the City of Berlin.

Front window to the center of Potsdam

With a large window front and a spacious courtyard, the “Minsk” Kunsthaus in Potsdam exudes openness, just like the restaurant on the terrace of the time. Regardless of whether you are visiting the exhibition, the cafe, terrace and foyer are open to the public. “For many people in Potsdam, the former terrace restaurant” Minsk “is associated with memories. That is why many of them fought to preserve the old “Minsk”, because it was also about preserving their own and the city’s identity.

Kunsthaus “Minsk” in Potsdam wants to build on this and once again become a meeting place that goes beyond art. Here we show, we search and discuss, we bear and we connect, and hopefully we dance and laugh again. I count on the community and on each other – says Stefanie Plattner, project manager of the “Minsk” project in Potsdam on the part of the Hasso Plattner Foundation.

Inside the building, there are reminiscences of the former “Minsk”, such as a large spiral staircase and a rounded bar counter in its original place, in a new version: the interior design of the foyer and bar was created by the Linearama architectural office from Genoa in cooperation with the Hedwig Bollhagen workshop in Marwitz, realized by Brandenburg.

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by Alexander Engels

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