Ever since France and Germany signed the Élysée Treaty in 1963, there has been an unprecedented degree of collaboration between the two states in terms of politics and culture. A great many events were organized to mark the fiftieth anniversary of this remarkable agreement. Of these, the exhibition Interferenzen/Interférences: Architektur Deutschland–Frankreich, 1800–2000, first presented at the Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain de la Ville de Strasbourg and afterward at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, was certainly one of the most ambitious. Curators Jean-Louis Cohen and Hartmut Frank conceived the exhibition as a panorama of the interrelations between German and French architecture.

The exhibition consisted of four hundred displays, including architectural models, sketches, paintings, books, photographs, and films that were presented in nine sections following chronological order from the French Revolution of 1789 to the collapse of the GDR in 1989 and the new political climate this triggered in the...

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