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Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Make Room!

Salon about Space and Spatial Design

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Make Room!

Salon about Space and Spatial Design


April 15, 2019, 7:30–9:30 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstr. 55, 10117 Berlin

Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper Berlin.

The stage is an empty space, where, however, the most varied spaces and places – realistic, fantastical, psychological, symbolic, abstract or very concrete – can emerge. The sheer endless possibilities of the opera stage make us aware that any space can be designed and that we can create fantastical worlds and realize utopias also beyond the stage.

What can these utopias look like today? In what spaces and cities do we want to live? Which processes are used by set designers, which processes are used by architects and by urban planners? How do their strategies and concepts impact our lives? Is spatial design synonymous with shaping society? On the occasion of the centenary of the Bauhaus and in light of the various housing, gentrification, and urban development debates, these old questions are worth asking anew.

We look forward to discussing these complex and rich issues with the cultural studies scholar Prof. Dr. Susanne Hauser and the set and light designer Klaus Grünberg. The evening will be moderated by Simon Berger and Rainer Simon and accompanied by singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin.

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Die Sprecher 

Susanne Hauser has been professor of art history and cultural studies in the Department of Architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2005. She completed her PhD in 1989 (Der Blick auf die Stadt , 1990) and, after postdocs in France and the United States, her habilitation in 1999 with a study on rehabilitating brownfields (Metamorphosen des Abfalls, 2001). In 1995/96, she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and, from 2000 until 2003, visiting professor for landscape aesthetics at the University of Kassel. From 2003 until her appointment at the UdK, she was professor and head of the Institute for Art and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Architecture at the Graz University of Technology. Since 2010, she has been a member of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung, DASL). Her research and teaching focus on history and theory of the city and of the landscape as well as on issues related to the cultural studies of architecture.


Klaus Grünberg was born in Hamburg and studied set design with Erich Wonder in Vienna. He is working as a freelance set and light designer at theaters and opera houses in Europe as well as in Kuwait and in Buenos Aires.
He has been working for a long time with the composer and director Heiner Goebbels as well as the directors Tatjana Gürbaca and Barrie Kosky. His most recent projects are “Pelléas et Mélisande” at the Komische Oper Berlin, “The Nose” at the Royal Opera House London, “Macbeth” at the Zurich Opera House, and “Simplicius Simplicissimus” at the Theater Bremen. In 1999, Klaus Grünberg launched the MOMOLMA (Museum of More or Less Modern Art ).



This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

Komische Oper Berlin

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