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„Neues Museum“, Берлин преоценява класиката без да крие белезите на времето
Neues Museum: Berlin rethinks classics without hiding the ravages of time

Author(s): Aneta Trifonova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The age of Schinkel led to the heyday of German Classical Romanticism, marked by the Neues Museum (1855; designed by Stüler) of ancient art, where Egyptian and Greek classical artworks and contemporary brickwork are neighbouring modern steel constructions and building technologies. Severely damaged in the WWII and falling apart over the following decades, the building was reconstructed and unveiled in 2009, with a devised overall concept of preserving the architectural heritage, of a technological breakthrough and social commitment. David Chipperfield, who is believed to be a staunch modernist, planned the reconstruction humbly and bravely, striking the right balance between restoration, reconstruction and contemporary Ruskinesque interventions like those of 160 years earlier. Re-evaluation made from the twentieth-century point of view, once again ascertains the triumph of classical art that inspired the designers of the intricate construction, remindful of the war destructions and serving as a backdrop of even earlier artefacts. Chipperfield’s unusual design, theory and methodology were highly praised professionally and acclaimed by the public as an impressive occurrence in European culture.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 388-394
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian