Allora & Calzadilla

Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin

Since opening its doors in October 2008, the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin has exhibited the work of contemporary artists residing in Berlin within a very basic white-cube construction, while just to its left, the Palast der Republik—former home to the East German parliament but also a center of East German social life with its restaurants, theaters, and galleries—has undergone the last stage of a highly controversial demolition. In its place will be a replica of the Berliner Stadtschloss, the Baroque Prussian palace originally located on this site before it, too, was torn down by the East German government in 1950. In their recent exhibition, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla presented two works that address the ideological struggle over this particular site, in the context of their broader interest in the politics of geography, a concern partly informed by the artists’ residence in

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