23.06.2021 The Gipsformerei’s (Replica Workshop) open studio site at the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), showing a work-in-progress reconstruction of the Quadriga statuary from the Brandenburg Gate, has reopened. The workshop has been closed in recent months due to the pandemic.
The Gipsformerei’s (Replica Workshop) open studio site at the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), showing a work-in-progress reconstruction of the Quadriga statuary from the Brandenburg Gate, has reopened. The workshop has been closed in recent months due to the pandemic.
Since work has continued in the meantime, visitors can now see decisive progress in the ongoing reconstruction process replicating the Quadriga to its original condition. One horse’s torso already stands in place, the contour of Victoria’s head has also already been revealed, as has the crown atop her victory emblem.
All surviving plaster casts of the Quadriga have been gathered since late October 2020 into an open studio at the Berlin Wall Memorial, where they are being documented, restored and assembled. A broad audience is now able to witness the reconstruction process in the open studio. The plaster models restored by the Gipsformerei are closer to Schadow’s original 1793 work than the version of the Quadriga atop the Brandenburg Gate today, a reproduction that has been subjected to further changes since it was erected in 1958. An exhibition with historical photographs on the history of the Quadriga will be presented as part of the open studio. Once the restoration is finished, the plaster casts will be available for further work on the Quadriga. In addition, a 3D scan will be produced that will also represent a kind of digital backup of the Quadriga. At the conclusion of the two-year project, the full-size Quadriga will be displayed at the Wall Memorial at the Bundestag, a symbol of unity set against the backdrop of original segments of the Berlin Wall, that famous symbol of division.
Mauer-Mahnmal im Deutschen Bundestag
Schiffbauerdamm (entrance on the Spree side)
Further information: www.bundestag.de/mauermahnmal