Ready Places Berlin

The photographs from the series Ready Places Berlin show Berlin locations that are mostly familiar, but are perceived differently in everyday life than in the images taken by Maximilian Meisse. Associations with distant places arise: The Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) becomes a skyscraper, the Charité's bed high-rise seems to be located at Central Park, the Funkturm (Radio Tower) and the BfA high-rise rise from green treetops, the demolished Deutschlandhalle (German Hall) reminds us of countries where war is raging. The Villa von der Heydt and the Casino in Glienicke could have been taken in Italy, and the Friedrichstadtpalast on Broadway. The interiors of Charlottenburg boarding houses or the Haus Cumberland evoke Parisian grand hotels.

  • ISBN: 978 3 8030 0782 7
  • Size: 16 x 24 cm. Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st edition, original edition


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  • The photographic staging of the found places leads to their transformation and reinterpretation, which questions the real condition. Can we draw positive conclusions from the aesthetically questionable appearances of our surroundings and thus arrive at a new evaluation of the built environment? A dreary residential slab building across from the Russian Embassy stands out with its leafy entrance. In the Hotel Bogota, an oil painting protrudes above the wall paneling as a matter of course. The aged fire walls of a backyard feature beautiful pilasters. Paintings as temporary blueprints of architectural visions.

  • Photos Maximilian Meisse
    Preface Gerwin Zohlen
    ISBN 978 3 8030 0782 7
    Size 16 x 24 cm. Hardcover
    Number of pages 96 pages
    Illustrations 74 colored illustrations
    Languages German, English
    Edition 1st edition, original edition
    Release November 2014


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