Fontane’s Berlin

A photo exhibition of the Stadtmuseum Berlin in the Märkisches Museum.

Theodor Fontane has described the city in which he lived for about 60 years like no other in his works. He himself experienced its transformation from the royal residence to the imperial capital and the beginning of the metropolis – an era of great upheaval, not least in the appearance of the city. Since then Berlin has been over-shaped many times. The exhibition »Fontanes Berlin« shows outstanding works of the pioneers of cityscape photography from Leopold Ahrendts to F. Albert Schwartz.  They described Berlin by using the young medium of photography. These »children of the machine age« show how Fontane poetically condensed and »changed« the city in his works. The images of the Berlin photographer Lorenz Kienzle, who spent more than ten years examining photographically the novels of Fontane and visiting their locations as part of his long-term project »Tatort Fontane«, draw a bow to the present. Fiction and reality meet directly in this exhibition.

On display

August 20 to November 24, 2019

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday
10 am to 6 pm


7 Euros, reduced 4 Euros
Every 1st Wednesday of the month: Free admission.
Registered school classes and children/teens up to 18 years: Free admission.

Visitors adress

Märkisches Museum
At the Köllnische Park 5
10179 Berlin

Contact and information

T. +49 (0) 30/24 002 162
(Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm)

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