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Reichssportfeld
  • © Berlinische Galerie
  • Repro: Anja Elisabeth Witte
    • Max Baur (1898 - 1988)

  • TitleReichssportfeld
  • Date1936
  • CategoryFotografie
  • MaterialSilbergelatinepapier
  • Dimensions28,4 x 21,2 cm (Bildmaß), 29,6 x 22,5 cm (Fotopapiermaß), 70 x 50 cm (Passepartoutmaß)
  • Inventory NumberBG-FS 026/84,12a
  • CreditlineErworben aus Haushaltsmitteln der Berlinischen Galerie, Berlin
  • On DisplayYes
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The Olympia Stadium on the Reichssportfeld (now: Olympiapark Berlin) was built by Werner March for the Summer Olympics in 1936. The Nazi regime wanted this building to demonstrate to the world that Germany was an omnipotent major power. The huge oval made of natural stone in neo-Classical style was a deliberate reference to the ancient arena. The two 35-metre towers flanking the main entrance were likewise designed to overwhelm visitors emotionally.
The monumental sculptures installed at the same time conveyed an ideological message and were an important part of the overall propaganda effect. Striking even from a distance, the rough-hewn works with their exaggerated dimensions and emphatically naked, muscular physique cast sport in a military light.