From 19 May to 26 June, the exhibition "Bilder einer Stadt im Wandel – Leipzig 1946 und heute" (Images of a City in Transition: Leipzig 1946 and Today) is on show in the Lower Foyer of the New City Hall. 75 years after the end of the Second World War, the show, which was conceived and created by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, impressively shows visitors the transformation of the city.
Shown are 50 selected photographs from the inner city area, taken in 1946, showing destroyed or damaged buildings or entire streets, people clearing up the piles of rubble and the beginnings of a slowly returning to normal life among the rubble. Most of the historical pictures were taken by the Leipzig photographer Johannes Baufeld and have never before been seen in public.
The exhibition organizers have juxtaposed each of the historical photographs from the end of the war with a photograph of the motif from the present day. Photographer Martin Toste, a staff member of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, took the motif again exactly from the location of 1946. The resulting pairs of pictures tell stories of wartime destruction and reconstruction, of the change in architectural and social ideals, and of how Leipzig has reinvented itself again and again. "By juxtaposing historical and contemporary photographs, we can see more clearly what has become in the decades following the end of the war: reconstruction, replica or new construction," writes Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung in his welcome address to the exhibition.
QR codes can be used to call up the photographers' locations on the virtual city map of Leipzig city centre. A digital version of the show is available on landschaften-in-deutschland.de.
The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the New City Hall (Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Please observe the valid distance rules when visiting the exhibition.
Dr. Heinz Peter Brogiato