until 30.01. | #2947ARTatBerlin | Köppe Contemporary shows since 1st December 2020 the solo show “Tegel Moments” des Fotografenby the photographer Bernd Rathjen, a tribute to the cult airport. The exhibition can be visited online via the gallery website.
It should have been closed long ago, but for years its fans celebrated every single day of Tegel Airport’s involuntary extension. On 8 November the time has come and we will say goodbye. Bernd Rathjen has captured special views in his series Tegel Moments, showing us once again what we liked so much about the architectural gem, also taking us to places we carelessly overlooked in our haste. In a mix of moments “picked” in passing and carefully composed tableaus, a very personal homage to this exceptional airport is created.
As early as 1948, a runway was built to relieve the airlift to Tempelhof. After the first civilian flight in 1960, an intensive planning and construction phase took place from 1965 onwards, which ended with the ceremonial opening on 23 October 1974. One week later, on 1 November 1974, the legendary Terminal A with its passenger bridges A0 to A14 went into operation. The hexagonal ground plan of the building is striking, the scheme of which runs through to the smallest detail, designed so that the distances from the entrance to the gate would be as short as possible. Tegel was designed by the renowned architectural firm Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp), which soon achieved cult status for its concept.
Bold and cuddly, angular and clear – this is how Tegel presents itself in Bernd Rathjen’s pictures. The geometric peculiarities, the recurrence of triangles and hexagons, the concrete pillars, porches, porches, peppered with signs with a seventies look, result in a set of pictures reduced to the essentials, as if from a kit. In addition to “typical” details such as display panels, gate markings and baggage carts, it is also the unforgettable special features such as the curved tunnel access to the upper level, the red oriels with the round windows, the striking Sixt advertising and, last but not least, the ever-looming angular two-tiered tower that Rathjen immortalised in Tegel Moments.
Bernd Rathjen, born in Hamburg in 1966, began taking photographs at the age of 16. He worked in the music, TV and event industry for 30 years until he turned to photography a few years ago. The Tegel Moments were inspired not only by his many travels, but also by his father, who worked as a master mechanic for Lufthansa. Rathjen published the first motifs about Tegel on social media in 2012; in the meantime, @tegelmoments has its own channel on Instagram.
Text: Nadine Barth / barthouse (Curator of the exhibition)
Regarding the organisation of the vernissage: The vernissage will take place in accordance with the applicable Corona measures. You will find more detailed information on their website in good time.
Vernissage: Saturday, 29 November 2020, 15:00 – 22:00+ Sunday, 30 November 2020, 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Monday, 1 December 2020 – Saturday, 9 January 2021 – ATTENTION: extended until Saturday, 30 January 2021.To the Gallery
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