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Christian von Steffelin
Palastschaustelle (Palace Displayed)
October 23 - November 27, 2010

Friday, October 22, 7-10pm


In long-term studies Christian von Steffelin documents places that are in the process of disappearing. With particular intensity he has concerned himself with the Palace of the Republic, the former center of power of East Germany, whose transformation and dismantling he has documented for more than 15 years.

Christian von Steffelin investigates the nature of transience. He tries to get a handle on what is disappearing and falling into oblivion by approaching a place time and again and under various circumstances. This is how, in the case of the Palace of the Republic, an enormous number of photographs were taken, from the slow demolition of the building to the many people who observed it.
A construction worker solders steel beams into pieces. A couple views the destruction from the distance while a group of small children puts up a ‘save the palace’ sign. Apart from a documentary retaining of history, Christian von Steffelin is concerned with capturing the special and diverse atmosphere that a place such as this exudes.

Text: Petra Karadimas


In October 2010 a catalog by Hatje Cantz was published: Christian von Steffelin, Palace of the Republic 1994-2010. Texts by Knut Ebeling, Manfred Schmalriede, Christian von Steffelin, Book Design by Kai-Olaf Hesse. German/English, pp248 258 images, 237 colored, 22,5 x 30cm, bound, €39,80 (G), CHF 56,90

Signed books can be ordered on this site under printed matter.

The exhibition takes place as part of the 4th European Month of Photography Berlin 2010. Infoline: 030 2474 9888.