Exercising Modernity Conference - Instytut Pileckiego

16.11.2023 () 09:30

Exercising Modernity Conference

Convergences and Divergences. Modernism Beyond East and West.


16.11.2023 - 18.11.2023 | Pariser Platz 4A, 10117 Berlin | Register here: https://forms.gle/g14TAkQexKAfADzHA

• Pilecki-Institut Berlin / Exercising Modernity

• ETOM – European Triennial of Modernism
• BHROX bauhaus reuse / zukunftsgeraeusche GbR (BHROX / zkg)
• buschfeld.com (Ben Buschfeld)

• Stiftung für Deutsch-Polnische Zusammenarbeit

• Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Germany

Full agenda of the conference 


The international conference with partners and speakers from different parts of Europe critically rethinks and analyzes the history of European modern architecture with reference to Central and Eastern Europe. It has been organized by the Pilecki-Institute in cooperation with the initiative for a “European Triennial of Modernism (ETOM)“.

The conference in English language addresses the history of modern architecture from a horizontal and non-hierarchical perspective, overcoming outdated and simplistic categories such as East and West. It will focus not only on design and urban planning issues, but also on questions related to the transformation of societies, the exchange of ideas, the building of relationships between people or the struggle for a better future. The conference approaches architecture from a broader perspective – presenting it as a „seismograph“ of the visionary and at the same time ambivalent experience of Modernism, which has much to say not only about the particular moment in history but also about the present.

For too long, theoretical and political constructs have contributed to a territorial or thematic marginalization of Central and Eastern Europe in European architectural historiography. Instead, the conference encourages a closer look at the dynamics between and beyond the political, geographical and cultural borders of Europe in the 20th and 21st century. The conference brings together various perspectives and areas of expertise represented by researchers, architects, designers, architectural historians, urban activists and civic society actors.



• 16.11.2023, 18:30 h: Prof. em. Ákos Moravánszky,
Architectural Historian, ETH Zürich:

"Shifting Grounds: Re-Mapping the Historiography of Architectural Modernism in Europe"

• 17.11.2023, 16:00 h: Prof. Dr Ing. Arch. Henrieta Moravčíková,
STU Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Science, Docomomo Slovakia:

"Tests of perspective: architectural histories of a vague country."



16.11 - DAY 1 (9.30 - 20.30)

• Contested architectural heritage across Central and Eastern Europe

• Iron curtain(s) of the 20th century. Modernism beyond the binary of East and West

• Built narratives. Multilayered identities of modern architecture

17.11 - DAY 2 (10.00 - 20.00)

• Shared heritage. Points of contact and best practices

• New Communities, New Buildings, New People:
the notion of the “new” in Central and Eastern European modern architecture

18.11 - DAY 3 (11.30 - 12.30)

• Public guided tour of "Soft Ground", an exhibition summarizing five years of Exercising Modernity (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Ernst-Reuter-Platz, 10587 Berlin)

The conference is organized by the Pilecki-Institut
Berlin in cooperation with ETOM initiative, zkg/BHROX
and buschfeld.com and is supported by the Foundation
for Polish-German Cooperation and Lithuanian Embassy
in Berlin.
The conference is co-financed by the
Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.
The conference is featured by the “Triangle for
Modernism” which is a cooperation between ETOM,
DOCOMOMO International and ICOMOS.