Due to the great success in Berlin the exhibition was also shown in Great Britain: as an exhibition of contemporary art inspired by the athlete’s village constructed for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The exhibition was shown in springtime 2017 at the neo:gallery23 in Bolton.
In September 2015, artists Margaret Cahill, Wolf Bertram Becker, David Gledhill and Peter Lewis, were invited to visit the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Village by its current owner, DKB Stiftung für Gesellschaftliches Engagement Berlin and Palis Advisory GmbH Berlin, who initiated and organised the project.
About the Olympic Village
The Village, which was a military base up to 1934, when work began on its conversion for the Games, is in Elstal, Wustermark, 14 kilometres west of the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Taken over by the Soviet military in 1945 and finally abandoned in 1992, the 135-acre site is largely in a state of disrepair. It features a fascinating blend of architectural and artistic remnants from both the Nazi and communist phases of German history and constitutes a palimpsest of shifting cultural and political ideologies. The shells of former Soviet housing blocks overlook a cultural centre complete with Nazi wall relief and communist murals, an international dining hall or Speisehaus der Nationen and a scattering of the original ‘cottages’ built for the national teams. A reconstruction of four times gold medallist Jesse Owens’ bedroom draws guided tours, but the artists were allowed to ‘access all areas’ and roam the site freely for a period of three days of blistering late Summer heat.