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The Rebuilding of Lost Monuments:
Place, Substance, Form and Meaning

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2006, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Should monuments destroyed by war be rebuilt? Does rebuilding heal wounds, appeal to uncritical nostalgia, or both?

Join art historian, conservator, and theorist Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper for a discussion of the issues surrounding the reconstruction of monuments. The lecture will focus on three structures in Central and Eastern Europe—Goethe's house in Frankfurt, the Mostar Bridge in Bosnia, and the Frauenkirche in Dresden.

About the Reconstructed Monuments
The 16th-century Bridge of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina was destroyed by bombs in 1993 during the Bosnian War. After the war the bridge was reconstructed from its original blocks, which were retrieved from the river below. It was rededicated in 2004.

The 18th-century Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, was reduced to rubble during the bombing of Dresden in 1945. Rebuilding began in 1994 and was completed in 2005, when the church was dedicated as a center for peace.

Goethe's house in Frankfurt, Germany, where author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) lived until age 16, was severely damaged in World War II. It was rebuilt almost immediately after the war and has since been open to the public as a monument to the author.

About Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper
Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper is a professor at the Technische Universität Berlin. She specializes in monuments of recent history, contested sites of heritage, the contemporary art of commemoration, and 20th-century architecture and conservation theory. She was buildings conservator at the Senate of Urban Development in Berlin from 1988 to 2002, a guest scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in 2001–2002, and a member of the UNESCO international experts group for the rebuilding of the Bridge of Mostar from 2002 to 2004.

The Frauenkirche in Dresden before and after rebuilding

How to Get Here
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