The metaphorical finale of the photo magazine THE OPÉRA


Berlin Potsd. Pl.
Since 1975, Karl Horst Hödicke has looked out from the window of his studio in Dessauer Straße at the no man's land of Potsdamer Platz, his "Gobi", with the Wall  – and without. He saw monsters sitting on the Wall, leering watchfully and malevolently. The people of Berlin walked their dogs, children and tearaways scribbled on the "anti-fascist protection barrier". In the distance, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column (Goldelse), Wilhelmstraße, the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Teufelsberg. During the Cold War, the area was pulverised and emptied. The painter made his notes. And so, without intending to, he became a chronicler of the most crucial events in recent German history.
His thoughts on these images are published for the first time in this catalogue.

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May 2015

ISBN 978-3-7356-0090-5

24,00 x 29,50 cm

224 Pages

140 colored and 41 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Hans Neuendorf
Text by
Erika Billeter, Durs Grünbein, Karl Horst Hödicke, Heinrich Klotz, Jörn Merkert, Hans Neuendorf
Design by
Büro Fleischmann • Prof. Gerd Fleischmann

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