The painted backdrop shows the motif of a postcard from the Berlin Trade Exhibition of 1896 in Treptower Park. The major event was presented as a Gesamtkunstwerk and was intended to show, inform and entertain technical progress with exhibition halls, pavilions and large backdrop streets such as Spandauer Straße in Alt Berlin or the Straße von Kairo. In the special exhibitions Alt Berlin, Cairo and the Colonial Exhibition, Exoticism was presented at great expense. More than a thousand people, some of them from Africa, were employed to recreate the customs and traditions according to the ideas of the exhibition organisers or to recreate them in medieval Old Berlin.
Proposal for an Invited competition, awarding authority: Bezirksamt Treptow-Köpenick.
Scaffolding, plywood, slats, pigments, acrylic paint.