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25 YEARS OF
DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG


Along with the opening of the exhibition Secret Signs on 9 November 2014 at the Falckenberg Collection branch of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the work Ungläubiges Glück by Christian Jankowski will mark the beginning of the events for the 25th anniversary of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. The anniversary website www.deichtorhallen25.de offers a look back at 25 years of exhibitions. Visitors can post photos from the past 25 years at the Deichtorhallen on the website. An open house day with a special anniversary program will follow in the spring of 2015 after the renovation work on the Hall for Contemporary Art is complete.

 

UNGLÄUBIGES GLÜCK
ON THE SYNCHRONICITY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AND THE OPENING OF THE DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG ON 9 NOVEMBER 1989, 25 YEARS AGO
BY CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI

Only on Sun, November 9, 2014, 5 − 9 p.m.
At the Deichtorhallen

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the artist Christian Jankowski has produced a new work entitled Ungläubiges Glück (Unbelievable Luck). The work links the epochal event of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the opening of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, which coincidentally took place on the same day, 9 November 1989. The artwork will be shown exclusively on the day of the anniversary from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Deichtorhallen-Platz, the square between the two main buildings of the Deichtorhallen.

Ungläubiges Glück is conceived as a large-scale installation. The construction site currently located on the Deichtorhallen-Platz will become an integral part of the work, and the northern hall of the museum complex, which is currently completely surrounded by a fence due to renovation work, will become a symbol of the former GDR; the fence will symbolize the Wall.

The famous viewing platform at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin will be reconstructed next to the construction fence. On 9 November, only from here will visitors be able to glimpse the three-channel video installation behind the fence, in which short statements by people closely linked to the Deichtorhallen will be shown: exhibition visitors, curators, critics, collectors, politicians and friends. These people will talk about what they experienced on 9 November 1989, when the fall of the Berlin Wall coincided with the opening of the Deichtorhallen. Phrases such as »the fall of the Wall« and »the opening of the borders« will be replaced with »opening« and »Deichtorhallen«, resulting in a collage of unexpected interpretations, mingled events and shifts of relevance.