Le vicende delle opere di Hans Döllgast a Monaco e i loro echi nella cultura tedesca
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
The fortunes of the Hans Dollgast’s works in Munich and their echos in the German culture
Hans Döllgast’s interventions (1891 -1974) on famous building erected in Munich during the first half of the nineteenth century and devastated by the Second World War have been strongly altered or deleted. A few essential, refined additions were enough to recompose the ruins in austere buildings. Keeping the vestiges of the bombings, Döllgast encouraged not to forget neither the horrors of the war nor those that preceded it. This severe message transcended architecture, used it as a mere tool, but also rejected both the surface modernity of the international style and the opulence of the Sixties. Döllgast was an isolated voice, but his approch was among the most original ones not only in German but also in European post-war period. It is no wonder, everything has been done to erase it - as in the Basilica of Sankt Bonifaz, or in the Alte Pinokothek, to leave a sort of sweetened simulacrum, testimony of a historical moment but also a sample of an architectural language to be proposed in an eclectic way.