Opening-Event 2022

Diversity Modernism | Modernism Diversity

The Triennial of Modernism 2022 under the cross-city motto "Living.Working.Living" will be opened with the Opening event "Diversity Modernism | Modernism Diversity". The two-day kick-off event will take place in Berlin on September 30, 2022 in the building of the Czech Embassy and on October 1, 2022 in the forum of the architecture building of the Technical University of Berlin. Here you can find a detailed program with all sections and speakers.

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin, interior © Copyright Photo: Schnepp Renou

Detailed program

The Opening opens the supraregional program of the Triennial of the Modernism 2022, from 30 September to 31 December, in the three Triennial core cities - Berlin, Dessau, Weimer - and for the first time with program points in further Triennial- network cities in Germany.

The public kick-off event will feature keynote presentations from the Modernism World Heritage Sites and Triennial Network Cities in Germany and Central Europe, keynote talks and lectures, a Pecha Kucha on the overall narrative of Modernism - providing visual and vital inspiration for planning visits to the festival as it begins - and a Special Focus on the heritage and roots of Modernism in Ukraine.

On the evenings and subsequent weekend days, including the holiday on October 3, there will be side events and get-togethers with events and exhibition openings from the Berlin festival program - accompanied by an exclusive guided tour of special Modernism locations in Berlin, including the Czech Embassy building.

A first get-together will take place on September 30 from 19:00 in the neighboring Czech Center and will be accompanied by the feature "Women architects of late Modernism". On the evening of the second day, the first part of the five-part exhibition series "Modernism in Ukraine" will be opened at 7:30 pm at BHROX bauhaus reuse on Ernst-Reuter-Platz.

The Triennial of the Modernism 2022 in Berlin and the kick-off event are funded by the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin and the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin. The thematic focus on Modernism in Ukraine is funded by the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction.

Note on the program: Simultaneous German-English translation will be provided for both days of the event.


  • DAY 1: Fri, Sept 30, 2022
    Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin,
    Wilhelmstraße 44, 10117 Berlin
    Registration required
  • Evening: Czech center

  • DAY 2: Sat, Oct 1, 2022
    TU Berlin, Architecture Building,
    Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Forum, Room A014
    (main entrance, foyer
    on the ground floor to the right of the elevators) -
    Registration required
  • Evening: BHROX bauhaus reuse

Program points

  • Impulses,Talks and Lectures
  • Pecha Kucha of the Modernism
  • World Heritage Sites of Modernism in Germany
  • Modernism in context in Central Europe 
  • Topic Focus Modernism in Ukraine
  • Keynote Modernism - Heritage at Risk
  • Exclusive tours of the embassy
  • Evening events, get together, aperitif, vernissage on the theme of Ukraine

Detailed program

Day I: September 30, 2022

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin,
Wilhelmstraße 44, 10117 Berlin

12:00 + 12:25: Public tours
through the embassy building; by appointment only,
Limited participation: 30 pers. per tour; 2 appointment slots.

Section 1

  • 13:00-13:20: Greetings and keynote talk of the Triennial-core cities: Berlin, Dessau, Weimar
    • Tomáš Kafka, the host H.E. Ambassador of the Czech Republic 
    • Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe of Berlin
    • Rolf Bösinger, State Secretary Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)
    • Marion Bleß, Board of Directors Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin
  • 13:20-14:00: Keynote talk - Berlin, Dessau, Weimar "Living.Working.Living".
    • Regina Bittner (Deputy Director Bauhaus Dessau Foundation), Dessau
    • Anke Blümm (Weimar Classic Foundation, Bauhaus Museum Weimar), Weimar
    • Nina Wiedemeyer (Curator Bauhaus Archive - Museum of Design), Berlin
    • Christoph Rauhut (State Conservator / Head of the Berlin State Monuments Office), Berlin
    • Host / Moderation: Ben Buschfeld 

Section 2

Impulses from cities and sites of the Modernism
Impulsive presentations and talks on the development and networks of the Modernism as well as current approaches of mediation from World Heritage sites and network cities of the Modernism in Germany and from exemplary Central European neighboring countries - Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Lithuania.

  • 14:00-14:40: Modernism in context
  • Introduction "Diversity Modernism | Modernism Diversity":
    Robert K. Huber (zukunftsgeraeusche GbR)
  • Keynote talk with
    • Uta Pottgiesser (President, DOCOMOMO international)
    • Helena Huber-Doudová (National Gallery Prague)
    • TBA, speaker from Kharkiv or Lviv (UA)
    • Eszter Dávida (KÉK / NEB High-Level Round Table), Budapest (HU)
    • Claudia Banz (Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin, exhibition "Retrotopia to Socialist Design/Spaces")
    • Host / Moderation: Robert K. Huber

14:40-14:55: Short break 

Impulses from World Heritage Sites of the Modernism in Germany
Völklingen, Essen, Alfeld, Stuttgart, Bernau and Darmstadt represent, in addition to the three Triennial core cities, the World Heritage Sites of the Modernism in Germany and six other future Triennial network cities. 

  • 15:00-16:15:
    • Völklingen, Völklingen Ironworks (1994), Ralf Beil (World Heritage Site Völklingen Ironworks gGmbH)
    • Essen, Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (2001), Hans-Peter Noll (Zollverein Foundation)
    • Alfeld, Fagus-Werke (2011), Nadine Gebauer (UNESCO World Heritage Fagus-Werk)
    • Stuttgart, Weissenhof-Siedlung (2016), Anja Krämer (Weissenhof Museum)
    • Bernau, ADGB Bundesschule (2017), Anja Guttenberger (World Heritage Bauhaus Bernau)
    • Darmstadt, Mathildenhöhe (2021), Sandra Bornemann-Quecke (Mathildenhöhe Institute)
  • Talk round with the impulse speakers
    "Outstanding Universal Value" - World Heritage Sites, Developments and Applications in Comparison
    Hosts / Moderation: Moritz Wullen (Kunstbibliothek Berlin - SPK-SMB),
    Christin Irrgang (Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau)

16:15 Coffee break

Cities and Networks of Modernism in Central Europe
Impulses from cities and networks of Modernism in Central Europe, from Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Skopje and Kaunas, which exemplify the networked Modernism in Central Europe, with the common goal of a future trans-national collaboration in a European Triennial of Modernism / European Triennial of Modernism.

  • 16:45-18:00:Impulses
    • Praha (CZ), Helena Huber-Doudová (National Gallery Prague)
    • Krakow (PL), Michal Wisniewski (instytut architektury / ICC Krakow)
    • Budapest (HU), János Klaniczay (KÉK)
    • București (RO), Alberto Grossescu (ARCEN)
    • Beograd (SRB), Tanja Conley (Docomomo Serbia, BINA)
    • Skopje (NMK), Ana Ivanovska Deskova (Contineo 2020)
    • Kaunas (LT), Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė (European Capital of Culture - Kaunas 2022)
  • 18:00-18:15: Talk: Modern Heritage from Kaunas 2022 to Chemnitz 2025 
    Accesses to the heritage of Modernism and its future - the European Capitals of Culture Kaunas 2022 in Lithuania, under the motto "Modernism for the Future" and Chemnitz 2025, under the motto "Eastern State of Mind".
    • Host / Moderation: Sabine Ambrosius (LDA) and Robert K. Huber (zkg)
  • 18:15 Lessons learned / Farewell in conversation
    • Riin Alatalu (ICOMOS international, Estonina Academy of Arts), Tallinn (EST)
    • Christoph Rauhut (LDA)
    • Participants / Speakers
    • Host / Moderation: Ben Buschfeld and Robert K. Huber (zkg)

Evening program afterwards 

  • 18:30: Apéro at the Czech Center
    at the exhibition "The Czech Embassy in Berlin", afterwards
  • 19:00 Feature on women architects of late modernism:
    Ursulina Schüler Witte and Věra Machoninová
  • 7:00 p.m. alternatively: Vernissage at the Bröhan Museum:
    "Lucia Moholy - The Image of Modernism" (Transfer by subway: approx. 35 minutes)

Program Day 1 in cooperation with:

Continuation detailed program

Day II: October 1, 2022

TU Berlin, Architecture Building,
Straße des 17. Juni 152, am Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Forum, Room A014

12:30 Arrival and registration

Section 3

Topic Focus
Modernism in der Ukraine (Modernism in Ukraine)
The focus looks at the roots and heritage of Modernism in Ukraine, for a trans-European consideration of the historical references and protagonists as well as the question of the current state in the face of the war of aggression on Ukraine and the opportunities and challenges for European cooperation.

Hosts and moderators: Uta Pottgiesser (DOCOMOMO int.), Riin Alatalu (ICOMOS int.), Tino Mager (ICOMOS Germany), Robert K. Huber / Ben Buschfeld

  • 13:00 - 15:00:
    Modernism Roots and heritage in Kharkiv and Lviv- with lectures by
    • Myroslava Liakhovych (affiliated researcher at Centre for Urban History, Lviv / presently at ETH Zurich - Institute for History and Theory of Architecture):
      Functionalism for people. What we know and how we live with modernist heritage in Lviv.
    • Svitlana Smolenska
      (affiliate researcher at Kharkiv School of Architecture, Technical University of Berlin and OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts):
      The Freedom Square in Kharkiv
    • Bohdan Cherkes
      (Lviv Polytechnic National University):
      Modernism in Lviv and the contribution of Jewish architects.
      Ferdynand Kassler - Inventor of the Galician Modernism                                                                
    • Ievgeniia Gubkina
      (Urban Forms Center, Kharkiv):
      Flaming Ukrainian Socialist Postmodernism
    • if applicable Alexander Bouryak
      (Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture):
      Statement via zoom
  • Questions from the audience

The thematic focus is accompanied by a
five-part exhibition series "Modernism in Ukraine".

Section 4

Pecha-Kucha of the Modernism -
Iterations of an overall narrative from early to late modernism
The short pointed five-minute image lectures each represent a developmental aspect or thematic approach to the Modernism and narrate a context that, especially for Berlin, makes the embedding and significance in the history of architecture and ideas of the Modernism as well as the contemporary debate comprehensible.

  • 15:30 - 16:45: Pecha-Kucha of Modernism - Part 1:
    • Industrial culture and buildings of the electropolis (Kasten Feucht, bzi)
    • Expressionism (Christoph Rauhut, LDA)
    • Estates the Berlin Modernism, preservation of historical monuments (Winfried Brenne)
    • Extension proposal: Waldsiedlung Zehlendorf (Sabine Ambrosius, LDA)
    • Estates the Berlin Modernism, Communication (Ben Buschfeld)
    • World Heritage Proposal New Frankfurt (Philipp Sturm, emg)
    • Estates of Berlin Modernism, green and open spaces (Katrin Lesser)
    • Mendelsohn World Heritage Initiative (Carsten Krohn)
    • Buildings by Jewish Architects of the Modernism (Günther Schlusche, GJA)
    • Functionalism (Simone Hain)
    • Section Hosts / Moderation: Ayhan Ayrilmaz (AkB) & Bernd Hunger (COC)

  • 16:45-17:00: Short break

  • 17:00 - 18:30: Pecha-Kucha of Modernism - Part 2:
    • The Bauhaus and its sites (Christin Irrgang, SBD)
    • AGDB Federal School Bernau (Christian Schwerdtner, Bernau Cultural Office)
    • Karl-Marx-Allee and Interbau 57 (Christoph Rauhut, LDA)
    • Socialist Modernism (Thomas Flierl, HHS).
    • Buildings of the Allies (Mila Hacke)
    • Student Village Schlachtensee (Jens-Uwe Köhler, StDS eG)
    • Spaceships of the Modernism (Helena Huber-Doudová, NGP)
    • Open spaces of the Southern Friedrichstadt / IBA 87 (Leonie Glabau, LDA)
    • Endangered Modernism (Robert Conrad)
    • Demolition/new construction/deconstruction (Clemens Schöll, Förderverein Palast der Republik e.V.)
    • Modernism Continuing to build - large housing estates today (Bernd Hunger, COC)
    • modern reuse (Robert K. Huber, zkg)
    • Section Hosts / Moderation: Sabine Ambrosius (LDA) & Ben Buschfeld

Section 5

Closing -Keynote & -Talk / Closing Lecture & Talk
Modernism - Heritage at Risk. Genesis of an endangered history and future
The Modernism is a progressive heritage that sought, fought for, found and gives answers to social and structural questions that are equally current today. However, the risks and dangers to which its protagonists were exposed are just as contemporary as the historical dimension, as are the destruction or overforming of its buildings and models - and thus of its diversity - especially in Ukraine today.

  • 18:30-19:00:
    Keynote David Crowely (National College of Art and Design, Dublin):
    Future Perfect / Future Anterior: The Avant-garde Looks Back
    The lecture explores how the protagonists of the constructivist avant-garde experienced the future they once imagined as they aged.
  • 19:00-19:15:
    Lessons-Learned / Farewell in conversation:
    Christoph Rauhut (LDA) with the speakers
    and Ben Buschfeld / Robert K. Huber
  • Discussion and audience questions

Afterwards evening program
at BHROX bauhaus reuse (on the middle island of Ernst-Reuter-Platz - approx. 300 m opposite)

  • 19:30 Vernissage of the exhibition Modernism in Ukraine
    Chapter #1: Lviv Modernism: Let buildings speak. Visual story of Lviv modern housing architecture
    • Greeting: Oliver Schruoffeneger (District Councillor Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) 
    • Introduction: Myroslava Liakhovych (Photographer/Author / Photographer/Author)
  • Apéro & Get-Together 

Organization: zukunftsgeraeusche GbR, - in cooperation with
Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin,
Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin - presented with Docomomo International and ICOMOS.

It is co-financed by funds from the Federal Ministry
for Housing, Urban Development and Construction.

Note on documentation:
During the Opening events, photographs, videos and audio and audio recordings will be made. These are used for public relations (also in social media) and serve to document the Triennial of Modernism 2022 (offline and online) and can also be accessed outside Europe. This is done in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 f) DSGVO. By attending the events, you agree in principle to such documentation and use. You have the right to object to the processing, as well as the right to free information about your stored data and to correction, deletion and restriction of the processing of the data. If you do not wish your personal data to be published, please contact the photographers and/or videographers active on site directly or contact the project coordinators of Triennial of Modernism 2022.


Registrations are required

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for individual events:

Speakers and moderators

of the Opening events

Contributors to the Opening event in Berlin


of the Opening events

Event photos: © Michael Setzpfandt

Day 1: Opening at the Czech Embassy
Day 1: Guided tour of the Czech Embassy
Day 2: in the architecture building of the TU Berlin


  • Czech Embassy Berlin
    Address: Wilhelmstraße 44, 10117 Berlin
    The Czech Embassy building in Berlin was constructed in 1974-1978 in East Berlin to a design by the Czech architect* couple Věra and Vladimír Machonin in collaboration with Klaus Pätzmann. The striking building is an outstanding example of late Brutalism, which followed on from the early "New Brutalism" of post-war modernism, and whose architecture and aesthetics have been rapidly gaining in esteem among contemporary observers, especially among younger fans of architecture and monuments, and also on the part of the preservationists. At this inspiring location in the center of Berlin, the Opening for the TDM2022 begins.In the second half of 2022, the Czech Republic will take over the European Council Presidency, which means that the kick-off event also represents a contribution to the Czech Republic's European cultural program in Berlin. The Czech Embassy Berlin is a partner of TDM2022 and is making its premises available for the launch event.
  • Czech Center Berlin
    Address: Wilhelmstraße 44, 10117 Berlin, Mohrenstraße, separate entrance to the embassy building
    The Czech Center Berlin is part of the worldwide network of Czech Centers with its headquarters in Prague and has been in dialogue with the German public and media since 1993. The center with its multifunctional gallery spaces is located in the building of the Czech Embassy and organizes its own events, cooperates with cultural institutions throughout Germany and supports exchange projects.
  • Architecture Building of the Technical University of Berlin (Forum)
    Address: Str. des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Berlin (at Ernst-Reuter-Platz)
    The building of the Institute of Architecture of the Technical University of Berlin was built from 1963 onwards at Ernst-Reuter-Platz in West Berlin. The high-rise building was completed by 1967 according to plans by Bernhard Hermkes and supplemented by 1969 by the low-rise building, including the library, according to plans by Hans Scharoun, in collaboration with Herta Hammerbacher. The building is one of the most distinctive structures to emerge from the urban planning of Ernst-Reuter-Platz in 1955, which was also designed by Hermkes. Sometimes the building is stylistically assigned to Brutalism according to the time, although this is also appropriate to the programmatic and spatial conception. The second day of the kick-off event for the Triennial of Modernism 2022 in Berlin will take place in this building, which corresponds to the location of the first day in terms of building culture and in the East-West context.
  • BHROX bauhaus reuse
    Address: Ernst-Reuter-Platz (on the central island, access via subway station)
    BHROX bauhaus reuse is a transdisciplinary center and public urban laboratory for education, research and performance. It is located on the central island of the traffic circle on Berlin's Ernst-Reuter-Platz. The transparent pavilion was built with reused (reuse) façade elements from the Bauhaus Dessau, originally from the 1976 post-war renovation. BHROX was founded by zukunftsgeraeusche, is a cooperation with the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and works with partners such as the TU Berlin and the UdK Berlin as well as numerous supporters.

Topics of the presentations at the "Pecha-Kucha of Modernism"

Many issues in the development of Modernism and in relation to dealing with today's heritage are similarly present in many cities. Here we take a look at different and common approaches in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin as well as at practices and focal points from other German World Heritage sites and domestic and foreign centers of Modernism.

Berlin in particular is a city in which the entire development of Modernism can be read and experienced. This is what the block in Pecha Kucha format is about. The span of the building cultural heritage in the prelude city of the Triennial ranges from the industrialization of the 19th century to the post-Modernism of the 1980s. Like few other places in the world in terms of intensity, Berlin is marked by all kinds of developmental thrusts, ruptures and contrasts. The polycentric metropolis did not come into being in its present form until 1920, when it was merged into the "Unified Municipality of Greater Berlin." As a former divided city, Berlin is also suitable for taking a unique look at the contrasts, points of contact and stages of development that arose in the post-war years in the area of tension between East and West.

In the context of about 20 visually stimulating image lectures, it will be shown how multifaceted the heritage of early to late modernism is. At the same time, the image lectures serve to plan one's own program, since many of the sites shown can also be visited and viewed as part of the Triennial program.

The short lectures each represent a developmental aspect and/or thematic approach to Modernism and, in context, narrate a developmental arc that, especially for Berlin, makes the embedding and significance in the history of architecture and ideas of Modernism as well as the contemporary debate comprehensible. The special and visually attractive format for the audience is based on the "Pecha Kucha" principle, in which compact lectures contain a maximum of around 20 images and - divided into two blocks - are presented in direct succession. 

The speakers are thematically selected, exemplary actors of the Berlin program contributions, guests from the partner cities in Germany and abroad as well as invited experts. To ensure a continuous flow, the short lectures will be presented alternately by two speakers, accompanied and alternately announced by two moderators.

Total festival period

September 30 to December 31, 2022

After the Opening weekend from September 30 to October 3 in Berlin, the program focus moves to the
Dessau weekend from October 7 to 9 and from there to Weimar on October 14 to 16.
The program in the three core cities Triennial with exhibitions, conferences and symposia lasts until December 31.
For the first time, other World Heritage sites from Triennial network cities in Germany are also taking part in their own programs.

Note and proof of promotion

Many of the above-mentioned services are provided by program partners without institutional funding.
The Berlin program with the kick-off event is funded by the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin and the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin.
This shortfall in funding is supplemented by own and third-party funding from individual partners.

Berlin program funded by:

Supplemented by funds from the: