The Relevance of the Past for the Present

Between 1933 and 1936, so-called “Thingstätte” were erected as propagandistic open-air theaters and meeting places for National Socialism. Four hundred were planned, and around sixty constructed. Many of these today almost barely known sites, can still be found in Germany, Poland, and Russia. In the form of an interdisciplinary research project, art and documentation, texts and images by twenty-three international artists and scholars facilitate a pluralistic examination of the unusual history of the “Thingstätte” and the relevance of the past for the present.

For further reading and supplementary material visit the project website.

Katharina Bosse, Rebecca Budde de Cancino, Doug Fitch, Jan Merlin Friedrich, Jakob Ganslmeier, Andrea Grützner, Rebecca Hackemann, Konstantin Karchevskiy, Hendrik Lüders, Daniel Mirer, Felix Nürmberger, Ralph Pache, Abhijit Pal, Philipp Robien, Jewgeni Roppel, Simon Schubert, Kuno Seltmann, Erica Shires, Thomas Wrede

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April 2020

ISBN 978-3-7356-0699-0

24 × 30 cm

256 pages

164 colored and 56 b/w illustrations


Languages: English

Katharina Bosse

Text by
Katharina Bosse, Bernhard Gelderblom, Gerwin Strobl, Beata Wielgosik, Stefan Wunsch

Design by
Nathow & Geppert, Bielefeld

Thingstätten, Kunst/&Raum Elsa, Bielefeld: 25. April –24. Juni 2020