Deutsches Haus at New York University

September 7 – October 27, 2023

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews,
New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “Thingstätten,” an exhibition curated by the photographer Katharina Bosse. Between 1933 and 1936, so-called 'Thingstätte' (literally: thing sites) were erected as propagandistic open-air theaters and meeting places in early Nazi Germany. Four hundred Thingstätten were planned, and around sixty constructed. Many of these barely known sites can still be found scattered across Germany, Poland, and Russia – some forgotten, some still actively in use as open-air theaters. In the deeply researched photobook Thingstätten (Kerber, 2020) and interactive website, an interdisciplinary mix of international artists, scholars, and writers facilitates a critical examination of the unusual history of the “Thingstätte,” and how this forgotten problematic past continues to manifest explicitly and implicitly in our present moment.

The exhibition includes works by the artists Katharina Bosse, Rebecca Budde de Cancino, Doug Fitch, Jan Merlin Friedrich, Jakob Ganslmeier, Andrea Grützner, Rebecca Hackemann, Konstantin Karchevskiy, Hendrik Lüders, Daniel Mirer, Felix Nürmberger, Ralph Pache, Abhijit Pal, Philipp Robien, Jewgeni Roppel, Simon Schubert, Kuno Seltmann, Erica Shires, Thomas Wrede.


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