A horse-drawn carriage at a crossroads, two men wearing melon hats, next to modern high-rise building facades – this scene from Potsdamer Platz is part of a large photo composition that can be seen from today at Weinhaus Huth. In a 360-degree panorama, photo artist Alexander Kupsch lets the past and present merge at Potsdamer Platz. The photomontage on Fontane Square is freely accessible and can be seen until autumn.
Brookfield Properties, the asset manager of Potsdamer Platz, made the action possible. “Potsdamer Platz is closely linked to the history of Berlin. The Gründerzeit and the 1920s have left their mark on it, as has its reconstruction in the 1990s. That is why we are delighted with the 360-degree panorama by Alexander Kupsch, which takes us on a journey through time,” says Karl L. Wambach, Executive Vice President Europe of Brookfield Properties.
Over a length of 30 metres, Kupsch has combined historical photographs of Potsdamer Platz in the style of old postcards with the modern architecture of today. The result is a panoramic view from today’s Beisheim Center over Ebertstrasse, Leipziger Platz with the former Wertheim department store, the famous traffic light from 1924 and the high-rise buildings designed by architects Renzo Piano and Hans Kollhoff on Potsdamer Strasse.
Alexander Kupsch has been creating montages from historical postcards and current photos since 2010. His spectacular montages in the exhibition “The Wall. It’s up again,” which was shown in November 2019 at the Humboldt University in Berlin on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.