city as body … Berlin as metapher


At the turn of the twentieth century, many artists, writers, and musicians wandered through its streets, galleries, theatres, and cafes, turning the city into a focal point
for such significant cultural movements as Expressionism and Dadaism. During the Weimar Republic, Berlin was both a vibrant cultural hub and the scene of harsh political conflicts. The fire that damaged the Reichstag’s building seriously in February 1933 marked the city’s transformation into a site of aggression, persecution, and war. And, after the defeat of Nazi Germany, it was the Berlin blockade, alongside the Berlin Wall, which became metaphors for the fight against totalitarianism. The call for social and political change which swept Germany’s streets in the late 1960s owed much of its vigor to the spirit of Berlin’s Commune I and the student riots outside the city malls. Today, Berlin is the capital of a reunified Germany, and, due to its historical significance and geopolitical location between Moscow in the East and Paris and London in the West, the city has become a new metaphor for the process of European integration. ..more

Focusing specifically on architectural development and the influence of artists, writers and musicians at the turn of the 20th century the page collects a comprehensive list of names and links to follow up.

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