or the Condition of the City

22 May 2024, 7 PM

We invite You to the opening of the first exhibition at our new location in Leipziger Straße 54, Berlin-Mitte.

The Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge was forced to move from Kreuzberg to Leipziger Strasse after a real estate fund cancelled its rent contract. To mark the occasion, the museum is addressing the theme of the city.

Whether investigating the 1920s Neues Bauen movement, international architecture exhibitions, or debates on historicising and industrial building, any examination of modern urban development shows its close connection to the Deutscher Werkbund.

The 1970s “Profitopolis” exhibitions in the context of the Werkbund reveal that urban development is political. They called for civil engagement, criticising real estate speculation and the automotive city, as well as the neglect of historical structures and urban nature.

The urban space between the museum’s old and new locations shows how relevant the criticism remains today. An exploration of the area between Kottbusser Tor and Spittelmarkt localises discourse, initiatives and artistic positions on the contemporary city.



Magdalena Bushart
Chair, Werkbundarchiv e.V.

Joe Chialo
State Minister for Culture and Social Cohesion, Federal State of Berlin

Florentine Nadolni and Imke Volkers
Director and Academic Co-Director, Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge

Introduction to the exhibition

Florentine Nadolni, Alexander Renz and Lotte Thaa
Curators “Profitopolis or the Condition of the City”

Evening programme

Discover the new museum location – with wine and music by Dj Vicious-V



  • Alexander Renz
  • Lotte Thaa
  • Florentine Nadolni

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