German Pavilion at the Expo 1958 in Brussels, Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf ; saai, Southwest German Archive for Architecture and Civil Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Photo: © Eberhard Troeger

Egon Eiermann DIGITAL. Exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany

The architect Egon Eiermann (1904 to 1970) has shaped modern Germany in many ways. He designed buildings such as the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, “Langer Eugen”, the former parliament building in Bonn, the Olivetti high-rise buildings in Frankfurt, the facades of the Horton department stores and, together with Sep Ruf, the German pavilion at the 1958 Brussels Exposition. These buildings have long been seen as the classics of West German post-war modernism which represent the new, transparent and democratic West Germany. As part of a large-scale project, Eiermann’s archives, consisting of over 30,000 objects, are being digitised by the Archive of South West Germany for Architecture and Engineering (saai) in Karlsruhe and will be made available to the public. To mark this occasion, the Baden State Library in Karlsruhe will display previously unseen historical photographs in the Egon Eiermann DIGITAL exhibition, which will be on display until 25 April 2020. These photographs offer new insights into the work of the architect, who taught at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences for almost 25 years. The Baden State Library will present his work through the digitalisation project, which is funded by the Egon-Eiermann-Society and managed by the KIT foundation.

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