Heimatcontainer. German prefabricated houses in Israel

Exhibition at Schlemmer Masters' House, Dessau, 2009-2010

Berlin, in the late 1920s. The  Hirsch Kupfer und Messingwerk designed a prefabricated house – made of the weather-resistant copper from their own factory. Walter Gropius was commissioned to refine the designs, the houses were called things like 'Copper Castle' and 'Spring Dream'.

But then came the global economic crisis, Hitler assumed power, and suddenly the prefabricated dwellings were known as 'Jerusalem' and 'Lebanon'. The company placed an ad in the Jüdische Rundschau that read: »Take a copper house with you to Palestine. Despite the intense heat your rooms will remain cool.« Friedrich von Borries and Jens-Uwe Fischer tracked down the builder and residents of the copper houses in Germany and Israel and talked with them about what home means to them.


Curators: Friedrich von Borries, Jens-Uwe Fischer
Participating artists: Daniel Bauer, Hannes Gieseler, Annette Kelm, Wiebke Loeper, Bas Princen
Duration: December 05, 2009 - March 07, 2010, Schlemmer Masters' House, Dessau