The Tower of Marzahn


In order to solve the housing shortage in East-Berlin, the former capital of the GDR, the district of Marzahn was built up on the eastern periphery of Berlin from 1977 to the end of 1980… The art gallery was planned from the beginning on in the central square of the new district (built homogeneously in the so called Plattenbau technic). The gallery opened in 1988 in the immediate vicinity of a large service complex, a post office and a department store.
Today the Eastgate shopping mall lays opposite of it, and only Galerie M remains of the former urban ensemble…
The municipal gallery M in the Marzahn Hellersdorf district offers a special concept tailored to the specific location: the works of the exhibiting artists address the urban space in all its aspects, including subjects of architecture, sociology, philosophy and politics.
Susanne Kessler’s exhibition “Baustelle Zeichnung” (Construction Site: Drawing) takes the gallery’s special urban situation in various ways into account. She uses the possibilities of the glazed gallery roof to include the surrounding architecture as a contrasting backdrop for her tower construction, which reaches 12 m high. She takes up architectural elements from the surroundings and processes them in the main installation, but also in small enclosed models in Perspex boxes.

Text excerpts by Karin Scheel from the catalog of the exhibition “Susanne Kessler – Baustelle Zeichnung “Construction Site: Drawing)” in the Galerie M, Berlin, 2010 (demolished in 2015)

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Size: 12 x 2,80 x 4,50 m   (39’37” x  9’186″ x 14’763″ft)

Materials: scaffolding, drawings on paper, canvas strips, ropes, tarps, wire mats, cord, printed plastic sheets

Venue: Gallery M Berlin, Germany

Exhibition: Susanne Kessler: Baustelle Zeichnung


Models: Freedom Towers out of cut and painted papers, ca 45 cm x 25 cm