17.12.2022: Finissage of the fifth part of the exhibition

Release and workshop talk on the special issue of DOCOMOMO Journal "Modern Movement in Ukraine".

Save-the-date: On December 17, starting at 3:30 p.m., the finissage of the five-part exhibition series "Modernism in Ukraine" will take place at BHROX bauhaus reuse on Ernst-Reuter-Platz. As the formal conclusion of this year's Triennial festival, the event will be another highlight of the Berlin program. In the context of a release workshop, the thematic booklet on Ukraine published by DOCOMOMO International will be presented. Under the title "Multiple Modernities in Ukraine", the issue also deals with the architectural heritage in Ukraine, which is massively threatened by the war. 

Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, 1975-1989, Vadym Hopkalo, Vadym Grechyna, Valeriy Peskovsky, Kyiv © Photo: Pavlo Dorogoy

Finissage, journal release and workshop talk

Sat, 12/17/2022, 3:30pm-6:30pm

With a workshop talk and contributions from individual authors, the journal No. 67 published by Docomomo International on the topic of "Multiple Modernities in Ukraine" will be presented. The event will take place as a hybrid event and will be broadcast live from BHROX bauhaus reuse in Berlin:

Program and framework

The presentation will be framed by the finissage of the fifth chapter of the exhibition series on buildings and roots of Modernism from Kharkiv to Lviv shown at BHROX bauhaus reuse. The exhibition series is also presented in a 12-page thematic section in the Journal, introduced by an article by Robert K. Huber and Ben Buschfeld, the two curators and organizers of the Berlin program of Triennial of Modernism. 

The exhibition series on Modernism in Ukraine, curated and organized by Robert Huber and zukunftsgeraeusche GbR and produced by Peter Winter, was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB). It is presented by Triennial of Modernism in Berlin in cooperation with DOCOMOMO international and ICOMOS.*

[The acronym DOCOMOMO stands for a global network of around 3,000 experts organized into 79 national chapters dedicated to the "Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement. The abbreviation ICOMOS stands for the "International Council on Monuments and Sites": The non-governmental, transnational organization advises UNESCO on issues relating to the protection of monuments and cultural assets. The two organizations have formed a strategic triangular partnership since 2022 with the Triennial of Modernism.]

The final chapter of the exhibition series, shown at Berlin's Festival Headquarters on Ernst-Reuter-Platz, focuses on the late or postmodern socialist period in Ukraine and its significance for the development of Ukrainian architecture. The fifth section of the exhibition, put together in cooperation with Ukrainian architectural historian Ievgeniia Gubkina, includes recent photographic works by Pavlo Dorogoy showing buildings and facilities in Kiev, Kharkiv and several other cities in the region, documenting not only the architecture but also the war damage in the areas, some of which were fought over and others recaptured.

Workshop talk with: 

  • Uta Pottgiesser (DOCOMOMO int./ed.), 
  • Wido Quist (DOCOMOMO int./ed.),
  • Nadiia Antonenko (Kyiv National University / KIT Karlsruhe, via zoom),
  • Alex Bykov (Kyiv / Praha), 
  • Helena Huber-Doudova (National Gallery Prague)
  • Ivan Nevzgodin (TU Delft), 
  • Myroslava Liakhovych (Exhibition Chapter #1),
  • Michal Wisniewski (Exhibition Chapter #2 / ICC, Krakow), 
  • Pawel Mazur (Exhibition Chapter #2 / Photographer, Krakow),
  • Svitlana Smolenska (Exhibition Chapter #4 /
    researcher at Kharkiv School of Architecture / TU Berlin / TH OWL), 
  • Pavlo Dorogoy (Exhibition Chapter #5 / Urban Forms Center, Kharkiv; via zoom),
  • Sabine Ambrosius (LDA Berlin; via zoom), 
  • Thomas Flierl (Hermann Henselmann Foundation), 
  • Nikolaus Bernau (journalist; via zoom), 
  • Ben Buschfeld (TdM-Berlin, buschfeld.com), 
  • Robert K. Huber (TdM-Berlin, BHROX / zkg) et al.

Conclusion of the festival season 2022

The event on December 17, 2022 also concludes the fourth festival edition of Triennial of Modernism in Berlin. The mostly free program in the three cities of Berlin, Dessau and Weimar offered professional audiences and the interested general public the opportunity to experience Modernism and its development in its full range and complexity. 

But even after the end of the current festival program in December, the ideas, goals and collaborations will continue: The networks of Modernism in Germany and Central Europe, including Ukraine, newly formed within the framework of the Triennial of Modernism 2022 and presented at the Opening event, are to be further developed and expanded in the coming years.

Exhibition series, parts 1-4

Modernism in Ukraine

Part 1 - Ukraine, Lviv: villa colony "Nad Zaliznoju vodoju colony", photo: Myroslava Liakhovych
Part 3 - Ukraine, Lviv: Bernhard. Finkler's Tenement-House, 1912-13, photo: Bohdan Cherkes
Part 2 - Ukraine, Lviv: The Jonasz Sprecher Office Building, 1928-29, Photo: Pawel Mazur, ICC-Krakow
Part 4 - Ukraine, Kharkiv: Svoboda/Freedom Square, Derzhprom ensemble, aerial view 1934

Cooperation partners

Organization and curation

in collaboration with

  • Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district
  • Centre for Urban History, Lviv (CUH)
  • International Cultural Centre Krakow with Museum of Architecture Wrocław
  • Lviv Polytechnic National University
  • Kharkiv School of Architecture
  • Urban Forms Center, Kharkiv
  • Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • GJA - Society for Research into the Lives and Work of German-speaking Jewish Architects
  • IfA - Technical University Berlin
  • Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe
  • House of Arts, Brno

Docomomo Journal No. 67

Download/view article as PDF

The thematic focus "Modernism in Ukraine" was sponsored by the
Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction(BMWSB).

The work of Svitlana Smolenska (Part 4) was supported by the Volkswagen Foundation.

The "Special-Focus - Modernism in Ukraine" is presented in a cooperation of
Triennial of Modernism with DOCOMOMO International and ICOMOS.

The Triennial of the Modernism is supported with funds from the LOTTO Foundation Berlin
and the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin.