Robert Conrad - Echoes of a Building

3.9. - 31.10

Nearly 30 years after the collapse of the GDR and the reunification of Germany the deserted buildings of the former Directorate of Reconnaissance - the foreign intelligence service in Berlin offer a daily reminder of the feared Stasi and the experience of the cold war in the divided city.

Robert Conrad's photos of the abandoned offices and facilities are not an indulgent exercise in aesthetics of decay. Their matter of fact documentary approach offers a powerful visual commentary on what ultimately amounts to the banality of the former totalitarian communist state.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the hardcover photo book ‘Echoes of a Building published in the Albumen Gallery Publishing Series.  Order the book

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Buildings 15 & 16 of the Stasi complex on Ruschestraße

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Main Directorate of Reconnaissance, North Wing

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West Wing, Ruschestraße, Courtyard View

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South Wing on Frankfurter Allee, courtyard

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Rusty flagpoles

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Base sections of two flagpoles

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Paternoster lift in West wing on Ruschestrasse

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Wall tiling and floor lino, office on 10th Floor, North Wing

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Office on 10th floor, North Wing

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Office on 10th Floor, North Wing

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Office Safe on 10th Floor, North Wing

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Office on 9th Floor, North Wing

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Antechamber to Markus Wolf's office on 9th FLoor, North Wing

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Markus Wolf's office, 9th Floor, North Wing

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Corridor on 3rd Floor, South Wing

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Basement archive room, North Wing

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Entrance to basement sauna, South Wing

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Sauna rooms in Basement, South Wing

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Electrical Control Cabinet for Sauna

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Electrical Heating control for Sauna

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Basement Corridor, West Wing

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Basement Armory, South Wing

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Basement shelter with gas lock, West Wing

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Basement shelter with Soviet Ventilation system

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Basement shelter, North Wing

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Sauna stove, South Wing

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Wall tiles in Basement Sauna, South Wing

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Sauna Plunge pool, South Wing

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Sauna Plunge pool, South Wing

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Basement Emergency Exit, North Wing

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Emergency escape tunnel, North Wing