Munitions Factory - exhibition on the history of a monstrous space.

The exhibition "Munitions Factory" examines the history of what was once the "largest weapons factory in the world". It illuminates the transformations and ruptures of this "monstrous space" and questions the development of the area of the former weapons factory up to the present day.

Hallenbau A-which today houses the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), and the Städtische Galerie-was built during and for World War I by "Blitz architect" Philipp Jakob Manz as a production hall for the Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabrik in Karlsruhe. With 30,000 factory workers, this factory was as large as a small town during World War II. During the Nazi era, female forced laborers from all over Europe had to work here under inhumane conditions. Because of the munitions and weapons that were produced here, the place is involved with various wars and conflicts in the world. After the decline of industrial production, the vacant premises served as working and presentation space for Karlsruhe artists from 1981 to 1989. The creative potential recognized there subsequently led to the institutions ZKM, HfG and the Städtische Galerie moving in.

Research materials from various archives, such as the Karlsruhe City Archive, the Karlsruhe General State Archive, and various picture archives, trace the history of this "tremendous space." Artistic and documentary projects by students, alumni and (former) professors of the Hochschule für Gestaltung represent critical examinations of the site and its heterogeneous and controversial history. The exhibition is created in the context of the 30th anniversary of the HfG. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication in the series "Munitionsfabrik".

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