11.9.2020 – 4.4.2021
Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery on the ground floor and outside on the citadel
What would Berlin be without the Spree? On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Greater Berlin, Götz Lemberg is commemorating the river in three striking locations in the city and is breaking new ground with his photo installations. It shows the entire length of the Spree on its way through the capital and invites you on a journey of discovery. At the level of the water surface and from the middle of the river, Lemberg takes the perspective of the Spree with his camera. From Müggelsee to the mouth of the Havel in Spandau, it marks a vertical three-part “cut” every 333 meters, a “photo cut” on each bank. The 43 kilometers of the Spreelauf run from their entry into the Berlin terrain in the Dämeritzsee to their confluence with the Havel to create the illusion of a panorama that portrays the river as a connection between nature, industry and urban space.
The project makes it clear what value the Spree still has for Berlin today as a source of life. With the play of unfamiliar perspectives, breaks in perception and new associative connections, Lemberg explores the course of the river and at the same time the visual dimensions of photography. The compressed journey becomes a journey past factories and villas, harbors and monuments, fallow land and idylls, through landscape and history, through time and space.