On a 1:1 scale, DRESDEN 1945 takes you on a journey through time back to the Elbe metropolis in the immediate aftermath of the bombing raids in 1945. The view from the Town Hall tower reveals the ruins of the destroyed city, from which columns of smoke are seen rising. The project broaches the issues of tragedy and hope in Europe. It does not merely show the tragedy of Dresden, but draws attention to the interactions of European war-torn history. By 1945, not only had a large number of European cities been destroyed, such as Rotterdam, Coventry, Stalingrad and Warsaw, but also numerous German cities.

The accompanying multimedia exhibition provides an introduction into this period. While paying tribute to the reconstruction – by including contemporary witnesses, Asisi nevertheless questions post-war urban planning concepts.

The panoramic experience is rounded off with the accompanying music by film composer Eric Babak and sound effects reflecting the era and the setting in the scene.

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DresdenFrom 24 January 2015