Friday, 4 December 2015

The Socialist Mural By Max Lingner At Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, Berlin

The imposing Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, once the largest office building in Europe, was constructed to house the Nazi Ministry of Aviation, led by Herman Goering. The building reeks of Fascism, from the architectural style, its size and its purpose.

By the early 1950s, the building housed East German government offices. A fantastic Socialist mural appeared, made of ceramic tiles. Max Lingner was the designer and he chose to depict the ideal citizenry of an ideal country. Please let us know when that country appears.

Part of the left (ist?) side of the mural. The mural is more than 18 meters long.

Moving right along, grooving wth the youth.

Cracks in the fantasy. These three stereotypes of the Upstanding Man would never be seen together. Is that Truman with Stalin, greeting Joe Sixpack? All DDR family, looking a lot All-American.

The mural starts to get a little risqué, shameless collective farm flirting. "Hay, you're adorable!"

Love us some Bobby socks.

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