The proximity of a park, the nearby banks of the Spree river, a former public bathing house and records of 1920s homosexual venues in the bear pit’s neighbourhood on Wallstraße and Inselstraße suggest the site's previous use as a cruising area. Public restrooms or urinals, such as those in Köllnischer Park, were already documented in Berlin around 1900 as anonymous meeting places for homosexuals in "Berlins Drittes Geschlecht"
(Berlin's Third S*x), published in 1904 by the doctor and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld.
1: Information pamphlet
2: The original German edition of Berlin’s Third S*x (1904)
Exhibition “Into the Drift and Sway”
2 December 2021 - 20 February 2022
With Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Constantin Hartenstein, Lindsay Lawson, Lotte Meret, Lucas Odahara and Emma Wolf-Haugh
Exhibition and events curated by
Malte Pieper & Lusin Reinsch
Lara Huesmann & Annika Maus
Production Ulrike Riebel