The buildings and projects on the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg belong to the best known architectural propaganda of the Nazi era. Those were aimed at arousing emotions that would be used for political and ideological purpose by mobilizing the masses. The exhibition investigates the architectural means and extensive events that have helped achieving this emotionalization. Historic photographs, march plans and architectural models temporally and spatially reconstruct the military organized mass rituals.
The visual center of the exhibition is formed by a large urban model representing the Nazi Party Rally Grounds with the plans of architect Albert Speer. The model shows the latest version of the design planning of 1935. The images and models reveal the influence of the idea of deployed and marching masses on the architectural design. At the same time it conversely becomes recognizable that the buildings and spaces organized the movements of the masses. Both, the historic architecture exhibition and a current design proposal, share the objective to comprehend the total propaganda reinforced by the means of buildings and movements. This design proposal aims at activating the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds and is also presented in the exhibition.
A German-English publication of the same title accompanies the exhibition: March Formations. The Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, catalogue to the exhibition, ed. by Carolin Hoefler and Matthias Karch, Berlin 2016, 180 S., ISBN 978-3-00-052654-1, 19,50 €
Directed by: Carolin Hoefler (TH Cologne, Germany) and Matthias Karch (TU Brunswick, Germany) with Katharina Specht
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