(Left) External view of the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin. Hans Scharoun, architecture, 1963 (Right) Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Frank Gehry, architecture, 2003. Carol M. Highsmith, photograph, n.d. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music


Research Institute Gallery II

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963) and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003). Both buildings have captured the public's imagination and become signature features of the landscape of each city. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors and exteriors, Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey the architects' design processes. The parallels demonstrate how the Berlin Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were pivotal in fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the city.

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