Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst

September 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst presents Ulrich Wüst’s evocative views of the former totalitarian state and the transformations of the capital, Berlin, before and after reunification.

Trained as an urban planner, Wüst’s study of the development of cities depicted the slow process of wartime recovery, and was seen as a critique of the East German approach to city-building.

"I wanted to create a landscape of the soul, drawing attention to what we had done to ourselves with our city planning [in East Germany]," Wüst recalled.

The exhibition is comprised of 84 black and white prints and over 200 album-mounted prints, produced in an unusual leporello, or accordion-book, format, a form of visual archiving that recalls nineteenth-century place albums. This is Wüst's first solo exhibition in the United States.

The exhibition has been organized by the MIT Museum in collaboration with the photographers and Loock Gallery Berlin. All photographs are on loan from the photographer and Loock Gallery, Berlin. Additional financial support was received by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, IfA.