"Munitions Factory - Exhibition on the history of a monstrous space" from 02 June to 11 September 2022 at the HfG Karlsruhe.

On the occasion of the finissage of the exhibition "Munitions Factory - Exhibition on the History of an Immense Space", art historian Chris Gerbing will give a guided tour on the architecture and history of Hallenbau A on 11.09.22 at 5 pm.  Prof. Dr. Chris Gerbing is an art historian and honorary professor of cultural studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In numerous publications she dealt with the architecture of the 20th century and especially with industrial architecture. With her guided tour, Gerbing will describe the history and especially the design and function of Hallenbau A and show a part of the former site.  Designed by industrial architect Philipp Jakob Manz, the building was begun in 1915 and completed in 1918. This is the only one that has been preserved on the site of the former arms and munitions factory and is now a listed building. 

From June 02 to September 11, 2022, the exhibition "Munitions Factory -. Exhibition on the History of a Monstrous Space" at the HfG Karlsruhe examines the history of the once 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 site of the former weapons factory up to the present day. The Hallenbau A - which today houses the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG), the Center for Art and Media (ZKM), and the Städtische Gallery - was designed during and for the First World War by the "Blitz- architect" Philipp Jakob Manz as a production hall for the Deutsche Waffen- und Ammunition Factory in Karlsruhe. With 30,000 factory workers, this factory was factory was as large as a small town during the Second World War. During the Nazi era, forced laborers from all over Europe had to work here under inhuman from all over Europe. Due to the ammunition and weapons that were produced here, the place is the place was involved in various wars and conflicts in the world. After the After the decline of industrial production, the vacant premises were used by were used by Karlsruhe artists as working and presentation space from 1981 to 1989. The creative potential recognized in these spaces subsequently led to the move in of the institutions ZKM, HfG Karlsruhe and the Städtische Galerie.

Research materials from various archives, such as the Karlsruhe City Archive, the Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe and various picture archives trace the history of this history of this "immense space". Artistic and documentary The texts and images can be used free of charge in connection with this press release. Projects by students, alumni and (former) professors of the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung represent critical confrontations with the place and its heterogeneous and its heterogeneous and controversial history. The exhibition is being created the 30th anniversary of the HfG Karlsruhe and will be accompanied by a publication in the series "Munster". a publication in the series "Munitions Factory" will be published.

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