David Chipperfield “Sticks and Stones” Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

David Chipperfield “Sticks and Stones” Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

David Chipperfield “Sticks and Stones”, an Intervention | Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin | 2.10. – 31.12.2014

The Neue Nationalgalerie was erected in 1968 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In the beginning of 2015 an overall renovation of the museum will be started by DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS. As a prologue to the renovation David Chipperfield filled the open glass hall with 144 tree trunks and thus transformed it into a hall of columns.

In the originally unsupported room of 2,500 square meters the barked tree trunks evoke a variaty of associations with the history of building, the history of columns and the ancient temple, with aspects of inside and outside and last but not least with the myth of the German forest.

RESTAURIERUNG AM OBERBAUM (RAO) commissioned by the VEREIN DER FREUNDE DER NATIONALGALERIE managed the installation of the exhibition. Only having two weeks for the setup was just one special challenge in erecting the 144 tree trunks, each more than eight meters in length and weighing up to one thousand kilo. The whole thing had to be carried out very carefully as the Neue Nationalgalerie is not only under preservation order but first of all the icon of Modernism in Berlin.

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