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>The Gates of the Gutenberg Museum – A new museum – #1338


The Gates of the Gutenberg Museum – a 12 part series attempting to unravel the mystery of the bronze gates of the Gutenberg Museum.

4 massive sculptures by one of the most significant German figurative sculptors of the mid to late 20th century.

And no-one in Mainz can tell you anything about them.

Until now.

In this series:
Part 1 – The Story so far 
Part 2 – Johannes Gutenberg and his museum
Part 3 – A new museum
Part 4 – The Commission
Part 5 – The Artist
Part 6 – The Decision
Part 7 – The Gates
One of the chosen few
Part 8 – The Process
Part 9 – Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution
Part 10 – Lost and Unlost
Part 11 – But where are the originals?
Part 12 – Mystery solved?

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When you look at photographs of post-war Mainz, it’s difficult to imagine how anyone could have survived.

80% of its buildings and infrastructure were destroyed, its industrial and tax base arbitrarily amputated and assigned to Wiesbaden in the American sector on the other side of the Rhine.

The view from the Dom in 1945. HT

It didn’t help that the French occupation force wanted to rebuild Mainz from scratch as a Model City, consistent with the principles of the Athens Charter, a dogmatic separation of cultural, commercial and administrative and residential zones.

All that the folks in Mainz really wanted was a residential zone with a roof over their heads and it took until 1958 and the adoption of the May Plan for rebuilding efforts to make significant headway.

(Rumour has it that Mainz was rebuilt in 4 years. Sometimes, it still looks like it…)

But 1962 marked the 2000 year anniversary of the founding of the city by Agrippa in 38 BC (it was actually a military camp and it wasn’t 38 BC, but what a are few years among friends…) and it was decided to build a new Gutenberg Museum.

Monies were collected.

Tender documents issued, concepts evaluated, a winner determined.

Rainer Schell, a student of Egon Eiermann, the architect of the Gedächtniskirche (Church of Remembrance) in Berlin

From Wiesbaden.


Tomorrow: The Commission

This entry was published on 14 May, 2011 at 11:00. It’s filed under Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, The gates of the Gutenberg Museum and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “>The Gates of the Gutenberg Museum – A new museum – #1338

  1. Pingback: A bridge of size #1797 « Mainz Daily Photo

  2. >Thanks for the beautiful photos !!!

  3. >It´s always brings me chills when I see this pictures from some cities after the war. Before and after pictures of Frankfurt are also quite impressive.

  4. >The second photo is sobering and unsettling. Many years ago we spent some time in Mainz after meeting two female residents there, one of whom was a child during WWII. She related some stories of their survival, and the picture brought back memories of what she had related. Amazing how reconstruction hides past wounds.

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