Erich Mendelsohn’s quick worms-eye view of the Einstein Tower in Potsdam, 1920, ink on tracing paper. © Kunstbibliotek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Dietmar Katz
Call for abstracts: Erich-Mendelsohn Symposium
Deadline: 20th December 2021

Docomomo International is trilled to share that a call for papers was launched for the Erich-Mendelsohn-Symposium, taking place next March 2022 (21st and 22nd March) in Berlin.

Organized by ICOMOS Germany, ICOMOS Israel and Architektenkammer Berlin, the two-day symposium will take place on 21st and 22nd March 2022 in the Chamber of Architects (Architektenkammer) Berlin, the former Metalworker’s Union building in Berlin (Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin), realized by Erich Mendelsohn 1928-30. The lectures will be preceded by a day excursion to Mendelsohn’s buildings in Berlin and Brandenburg, including the Einstein Tower in Potsdam, and the Mendelsohn Collection in the Art Library Berlin (Kunstbibliothek). On the occasion of Mendelsohn’s 135th birthday on 21st March 2022, a cinema evening is planned with movies about the life and work of Erich Mendelsohn.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Mendelsohn@Icomos.de (supplementary short CVs desired) by 20 December 2021 at latest.

“In identifying the potential of the Oeuvre of Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) for a transnational serial nomination as UNESCO World Heritage, we invite papers that offer new perspectives on his life, his architecture, and their influence, and on strategies for such a nomination. We are particularly interested in exploring Mendelsohn ́s cosmopolitan approach to modernity, which took him already in the 1920s across Europe, the United States, and to what was then the British Mandate of Palestine, as well as in positioning the philosophical and political conviction underlying his work in relation to other interwar modernist masters. We seek reflections on his global impact, as well as on the theoretical positions and technical innovations in which it was rooted. Other possible themes include the inspiration he drew throughout his life from classical music, particularly the work of Bach; migration and nomadism, especially following his flight in March 1933 from Nazi Germany; and his Jewish identity, including his relationship with Zionism, and with fellow thinkers and writers, as well as how spirituality was reflected in his oeuvre. Finally, we seek to learn from past transboundary nominations of modern architecture and gather insights into how best to proceed with our own.”

Please find the call for presentations here.