"SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!" 9 November 2017 to 2 April 2018 at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum


With “SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!” the DAM is presenting in collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation the first-ever global survey of the Brutalist architecture of the 1950s to 1970s.

Minoru Yamasaki: Pahlavi-Universität (heute: Universität Schiras), Schiras, Iran, 1960–1979 Foto: Hamidreza Bani 2017

The term Brutalism does not originate from the word “brutal”, but rather “béton brut”—the French term for exposed concrete. Brutalist architecture celebrates rawness and the bare construction. It is exceptionally photogenic and, in recent years, it has reached cult status on Facebook and Instagram. That said, many people still only see these buildings as ugly concrete monsters. The expressive style emerged during a period of experimentation and societal upheaval. Today many are at risk of being demolished. In light of this, the #SOSBrutalism campaign extends the exhibition online with a database of over 1,000 projects. Media partner is the uncube magazine. At the DAM, Brutalism is reexamined with unusually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures. The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism.

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