Akademie der Künste, Berlin
– 18 June 2017
Human needs, user-friendliness and social processes play a role in Bartning’s designs as much as the artistic approach. His theoretical reflections and concepts were, for example, influential in shaping educational reform and inspiring Walter Gropius in his foundation of the Bauhaus. He is best known as an important figure in the reconstruction of post-war Germany following the Second World War. His emphasis on the “spiritual dimension of life” can be seen in the system he developed for erecting emergency churches quickly from prefabricated elements. More than 40 of these were built throughout Germany. As a member of various committees, he contributed to the implementation of simple, functional architecture, which manifested itself, among other things, in housing estates, churches, hospitals and cultural institutions.
The exhibits displayed and placed in context in the exhibition, are largely from the private estate of the architect, which is owned by the TU Darmstadt.