A photograph from 1946 is the reference point for the exhibition design – a "re-enactment"
of this picture – at Architekturzentrum Vienna. The reference shows the installation of the
exhibition “Never Forget! An Antifascist Exhibition”, and was taken at the Künstlerhaus
Wien in 1946.
Our design concept for the exhibition at Az W in 2015, an exhibition of the Klaus Steiner
Archive to be shown for the first time: of an archive of urban and regional plans of National-
Socialist Vienna, is based on this moment of installation in 1946.
The design is a re-enactment of an unfinished situation: Seven decades after the end of the
Nazi regime, a start is only now being made to process the history of urban and spatial
planning in Nazi Vienna, as well as of the history of the lack of awareness of the depth of
architecture´s involvement with Nazism, as well as of visible, and invisible, continuities in
urban planning and development.
The history of violence that many of these plans result into — “Aryanisation”, forced labour,
expulsion and organised mass murder — is not captured in the original documents on display.
This, too, is reason for the “reconstruction” of an unfinished moment: unfinished — and yet
still clearly with a distinctive positioning. The walls of the 1946 exhibition “Never Forget!”
were definitely not painted pink; yet we use this color in the exhibition because it would have
been anathema to the Nazis, and counteracts the sense of appropriation into the present time.
An exhibition of first allusions in mid-installation.
Gabu Heindl, Toledo i Dertschei
Ausstellungsdauer / Exhibition
18.3.2015 – 17.8.2015
Team der Ausstellung
Kuratorinnen: Ingrid Holzschuh, Monika Platzer
Gestaltungskonzept: TiD und Gabu Heindl
Ausstellungsarchitektur GABU Heindl Architektur
(Gabu Heindl, Lisi Zeininger, Daniela Mehlich)
Graphik: Toledo i Dertschei
content: (c) GABU Heindl Architektur 2015