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Pressefoto: Seitenflügel 11/1997 - AUSSCHNITT
Pressefoto: Seitenflügel 11/1997 - AUSSCHNITT © Bild (Ausschnitt): BA Pankow von Berlin, Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur / Foto: Sven Hobbiesiefken

Seitenflügel (Side Wing) - Special Exhibition

Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg 1992-1997

After the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 1989), Prenzlauer Berg became a place of inspiration for a diverse cultural scene. Long-established artists and photographers mixed with newcomers from the subculture of West Berlin, the new and old federal states, as well as creatives from Germany and abroad. Together they tried out new forms of artistic practice and of living and working together. Vacant buildings offered temporary free spaces for a variety of cultural uses.

The Museum Pankow possesses a hitherto undiscovered treasure of photography and local history: the "Seitenflügel" ("Side Wing"), published in poster form by the Prenzlauer Berg Cultural Office from 1992-1997. Each month it combined a photographic motif on the front with event announcements on the back.

The side wing was not only a presentation platform for contemporary photography, but also a medium that connected the artistic production located here with the local cultural presentation. The 67 photographic motifs presented together for the first time are a unique cross-section of photographic work between the fall of the Wall and the turn of the millennium. Film interviews with selected photographers provide an insight into their work.

The exhibition narrative is expanded to include the visualisation of places that were not only mentioned in the event section of the Seitenflügel, but also selected spaces of the independent scene, club culture and the queer community. Many of these places, which have already disappeared today, shaped the cultural and social identity of the district of Pankow.

A curated selection of contemporary flyers and accompanying exhibition texts by cultural journalist Claudia Wahjudi and club operator Pamela Schobeß take exhibition visitors back to Prenzlauer Berg in the 1990s.

Exhibition period: 26.05. to 26.11.2023

Location: Museum Pankow, Prenzlauer Allee 227/228
10405 Berlin

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(closed on public holidays)

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