Introducing ETOM - European Triennial of Modernism

Diverse Modernism | Modern Diversity

The ETOM initiative develops a co-creation platform on trans-European Modernism aiming to organize a decentralized triennial festival. ETOM builds on the successful implementation of "Triennial der Modernism" (TDM), a trans-regional festival in Berlin, Dessau and Weimar, which returned for its fourth edition in 2022.

Announcement 2024

"New European Bauhaus" lab launched for ETOM

Marking the start of 2024, as part of the activities within New European Bauhaus (NEB), a new Lab on trans-European Modernism for the "European Triennial of Modernism (ETOM)" initiative was launched and announced by the European Union as ETOM NEB Lab. The Lab was created by the ETOM initiative and NEB partners BHROX bauhaus reuse / zukunftsgeraeusche together with The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre (KEK) on behalf of the consortium and coordination board with ICOMOS international, National Gallery Prague (NGP), Slovak Design Center (SDC) and Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA).

The ETOM-NEB-Labwill be a co-creation lab on trans-European Modernism to evolve and realize trans-national cooperation, best-practice, research, and capacity building. The Lab builds for a circular ecosystem on a three-year rhythm to bear and sustain plural transdisciplinary collaboration projects and to establish a decentralized and recurring European Triennial of Modernism (ETOM) festival.

The project partnership already includes around 10 official NEB-community members and 30 more partners from 14 countries, on a heterogeneous and cross-sectoral background, with an initial emphasis on Central Europe.

The project's motto "Diverse Modernism | Modern Diversity" reflects an inclusive approach, addressing the trans-European heritage, global and future perspectives of Modernism and the variety of protagonists, and today involved actors, backgrounds and agencies -

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How the ETOM initiative has developed

ETOM was created "bottom-up" during the pandemic in 2021, and has already brought together 38 partners from 14 countries and of a heterogeneous and cross-sectoral background, including 9 official partners from the New European Bauhaus (NEB) community.

The initiative was launched by the Berlin curators of the Triennial der Modernism (TDM) together with new partners from across Central Europe, originating from an emerging network based on partners from the 2019 trans-national "re:bauhaus" festival, as well as from a strategic partnership with DOCOMOMO International, ICOMOS plus the emerging European NEB community.

Following the motto "Diverse Modernism | Modern Diversity", the ETOM initiative addresses both the heritage of and the future perspectives on Modernism in terms of built heritage and the history of modern ideas, with a particular focus on the sustainability and resilience of such modern values associetal emancipation, social equality, and democratic participation.

ETOM incorporates a circular ecosystem, based on a recurring three-year period, which includes continuous cross-sectoral capacity building and transdisciplinary co-creation culminating with the triennial ETOM festival, which serves not only for public presentation, but also as a target and starting point for the process. In a triangle collaboration between ETOM and the international, widely connected organizations DOCOMOMO and ICOMOS, a strategic initiative "Triangle for Modernism" was launched.

From the very beginning, the ETOM initiative drew special attention to Central and Eastern Europe, its significance and major role in ensuring European unity and cultural resilience, as well as in overcoming a persisting, but outdated East-West divide. The war of aggression against Ukraine clearly shows the importance of Central Europe for European coherence, which should rely, among others, on cultural collaboration and shared modern values.

Events in Berlin

where ETOM partners already have been involved

Until there have been three event formates in Berlin that already included partners from the initiative of an "European Triennial of Modernism (ETOM)". Please see the following links for details. If needed, please switch to the English auto-translation:

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Presentation as part of the "Triennial of Modernism" 2022

On the first day of the opening event of the "Triennial der Modernism"(Triennial of Modernism) 2022 in Berlin, actors from selected future network cities presented the developments and local networks of modernism and their dedicated work.

The European cooperation project launched in 2021 is intended to pave the way for a "European Triennial of Modernism" (ETOM). The initiative comprises 38 partners from 14 countries, with a focus on Central Europe.

The history of modernism is based on a diversity of examples, sources, protagonists, and - even more so today - on the diversity of actors who are committed to the architectural appreciation and sustainable perspective of modernism - a progressive cultural heritage whose avant-garde architecture, art, urban and social developments are once again highly topical for the future of Europe and the resilience of common values.

The stakeholders face similar or comparable challenges and potential. With trans-European cooperation, they are seizing the opportunity to unite goals and jointly sensitize and address the public.

Especially today, in the face of war and attempts at division and in awareness of the historical ruptures, the European architectural development of modernity and a lively transnational exchange are proving to be a model for political cohesion and cultural cooperation in Central Europe.

On the first day of the kick-off-event, actors from selected future network cities officially met for the first time and presented the developments and local networks of modernism and their committed work.

Collage with scenes from the first day of the kick-off event at the Czech Embassy on 30.9.2022 in Berlin
photos: Ben Buschfeld

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Partners of the ETOM initiative:

In Germany

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- zukunftsgeraeusche GbR (zkg), Berlin
-; Ben Buschfeld (BB), Berlin

In Cooperation with
- Goethe-Institut (GI), Munich
- Bauhaus-Kooperation (BHK)
- Landesdenkmalamt Berlin (LDA)
- Kunstbibliothek Berlin (KUBI)

European Partners
(by nation in alphabetical order)

Czech Republic
- National Gallery in Prague (NGP), Prague
- Forum for Architecture and Media (4 AM), Brno
- Prague 7 District Municipality (UMC7)

- Hungarian Museum of Architecture
(MEM-MDK), Budapest
- The Hungarian Contemporary
Architecture Centre (KÉK), Budapest
- Budapest 13th District - city municipality (B13D)

- Estonian Academy of Arts - Institute of
Art History and Visual Culture (EAA-EKA), Tallinn
- Estonian Museum of Architecture (EMA), Tallinn
- Tallinna linn (COT), Tallinn City

- ICOMOS International Secretariat, Paris

- Museum of Decorative
Arts and Design (LNMM), Riga
- Latvian Design Centre (FOLD), Riga
- Latvian Ministry of Culture (LMOC)

- Kaunas 2022 (K2022),
Kaunas European Capital of Culture
- Nematerialaus Turto Fondas (NTF)
- Kaunas City Municipal Administration (KCMA)
- Architects Association of Lithuania, Vilnius (LAS)

- DOCOMOMO international

North Macedonia
- Contineo 2020 (CONTINEO), Skopje
- University American College Skopje - Privatna Ustanova - Department of Architecture (UACS)

- National Institute of Architecture and
Urban Planning (NIAiU), Warsaw
- Institute of Architecture Foundation (FIA), Cracow
- International Cultural Centre (ICC), Cracow
- Gmina Miejska Kraków - Urząd Miasta Krakowa (CCK), Cracow

- Asociația Română pentru Cultură,
Educație și Normalitate (ARCEN), Bucharest
- SG Studio - zeppelin magazine (SGS-ZEP), Bucharest
- Second District Hall of Bucharest (SDHB)

- Belgrade International Architecture Week (ABA-BINA), Belgrade
- ZAVOD - Zavod za zastitu spomenika kulture grada Beograda (Cultural Heritage Preservation Institute of Belgrade)
- Gradska opstina Novi Beograd, City Municipality (MNB), Belgrade

- Slovak Design Center (SDC), Bratislava

- Lviv Centre for Urban History, Lviv (LCUH), Lviv
- Urban Forms Center (UFC), Kharkiv