CREDIT: Siegfried Rubbert LRPS

“Elbershallen - Newly seen."

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As part of the cultural projects under the motto "Hagener Impulse" to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Siegfried Rubbert, Member of the Royal Photographic Society, presents his detailed view of "The Elbershallen" and its development between the years 2003 to 2019.

The "Elbershallen" is a former textile factory in the centre of Hagen which portrays the development of industrial complexes under the influence of Bauhaus.

Emerging from a small red dyeing factory with an attached colour weaving mill, the company developed from 1822 onwards into a "Turkish red yarn dyeing and printing works". With the construction of its cotton spinning and weaving mill in the 1860s, production significantly increased.

For the economic history of the city of Hagen, the textile company is an essential testimony to the second economic pillar beside the iron industry.

In 1996, the Gesellschaft für Elbersdrucke GmbH had to close down the company, thus bringing to an end the last large enterprise in Hagen's inner city.

No longer in use, the building complex slowly began to decay over time.

Since 2003, the majority of the factory and administration buildings listed as historical monuments.

It was then when photographer Siegfried Rubbert, had access to the premises, documenting the decay of the Elbershallen.

Since then, the former industrial quarter has developed into attractive leisure and cultural location.

In 2019, after being asked by the City of Hagen, Siegfried revisited the Elbershallen and documented the contrast between the decay and reintegration of the former industrial complex into today's cityscape.

A vernissage celebrates the opening of the exhibition on 22 March 2020 at 11:30, including a presentation by the "Bauhaus-Kapelle".

The small big band of the Hagen music school plays music from the 20s and its latest program " Corridor Sound - From Chaos to structure ".

In this program, four drummers will create an unusual sound experience on a staircase using the railing as an instrument accompanying the life played sound and rhythm textures.


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