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Der Raum überwindet Zeit und Mensch

Andrea Pichel, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Ipek Burçak

2 Mar–30 Apr 23

Opening: 1 Mrz 23

The exhibition Der Raum überwindet Zeit und Mensch (Space Overcomes Time and Man) takes its title from the copper relief Der Mensch überwindet Zeit und Raum (1971) by Walter Womacka on the southeast side of the Haus des Reisens (House of Travel), an 18-story GDR building situated in the immediate vicinity of Alexanderplatz. The twenty-four meter wide and five meter high relief is framed by planetary motives such as water, birds and tree branches. In the center are the three heads of a cosmonaut and two people, whose gazes and dynamic gestures point to the upper left corner of the picture, where a flaming sunmoon is depicted.

From Alexanderplatz along Karl-Marx-Allee in the direction of Galerie im Turm, there are further iconographic elements, such as a sculpture of the Soviet satellite Sputnik on the roof of Café Moscow, which refer to the so-called Space Age of the mid-20th century. The title of the relief sums up the human-centered self-regard of that time which was based on a belief in progress and growth – a self-regard that continues to this day.

The artistic works gathered in this exhibition refer directly or indirectly to this historical period in order to unpack hidden stories beyond the dominant narrative and to show their relevance for the present. In this respect, the rearrangement of the title is an attempt to turn the ordering hierarchy of space and time on its head and break with a human-centered vision for the future.

Der Raum überwindet Zeit und Mensch is the first part of the exhibition series Schwindel – conceptions of (extra)terrestrial worlds between reality and fiction.



Walk and Guided Tour
from Haus des Reisens to Galerie im Turm
with Ipek Burçak and Johanna Janßen
March 26 and April 29, 2023, 4–6 pm

Workshops in simple language
on and on with the F3_kollektiv
April 5, 2023, 3–5 pm

Screening and Artist Talk
Robotron – A Tech Opera (2018–2022)
by and with Nadja Buttendorf
April 27, 2023, 7–9 pm

Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow
Photo: Eric Tschernow


Curator: Johanna Janßen
Head of production: Carolina Redondo
Installation Team: Carlos Busquets, Santiago Mac-Auliffe
Gallery supervision: J. Ferdinand Gieschke and Daniela Schoepe

The curator would like to thank the Team of Galerie im Turm and of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, who are: Dani Hasrouni, Helen-Sophie Mayr, Leslie Münz, Josef Stöhr, Sofía Pfister, Stéphane Bauer and the team of supervisors.

Image: Ipek Burçak

Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Community: Multi-Sector Funding, Exhibition Fund Municipal Galleries and Fund Exhibition Fees for Visual Artists.

Galerie im Turm is an institution of the district authority Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.