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SOS Brutalism – Deutsches Architektur Museum

As a Frankfurter I’ve seen buildings like Technisches Rathaus, AfE Turm and Historisches Museum be demolished in the last few years here in town. Are these rather ugly examples of “brutalism architecture” , or are they actually good for a red list of endangered species of buildings? Should they have been saved?

The DAM Deutsches Architektur Museum is now presenting a brand new exhibition #sosbrutalism  “Save the Concrete Monsters”. Working from a list of over 1000 projects in a worldwide database, the DAM has pulled together a very engaged exhibition featuring buildings from different regions around the world.

I was impressed by the large cardboard models created by students of architecture, many photos and displays. After walking around I and found myself in the same struggle of starting to like and admire the ugly concrete buildings, a good effect in favor of #sosbrutalism 

The exhibition was, I am sure, hard work for the team of DAM to set-up the show, however it’s also hard work for the visitor, but worth a bit of effort. I suggest having a look at (or even buying) the book “SOS Brutalism – A Global Survey” that accompanies the current exhibition and is really useful if you want to dive into the subject any deeper.

Also there are guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00.

The exhibition will be running until April 2nd 2018 

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Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt

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Opening Times

Tue & Thu - Sun 11:00 - 18:00, Wed 11:00 - 20:00


Entry fee adult: € 9


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)