Military History Museum

Dresden/2003  –  2012

The architecture and the museum concept of the joint competition entry of Daniel Libeskind and HG Merz rest upon a basic duality. The historic building depicts military exhibits and the perspectives the Germans developed on war and peace over time. The new, wedged building extension presents topics of military history across various epochs. Divided into ten departments, the exhibition in the new wing focuses on the ambivalent aspects of war. In terms of exhibition design, the two parts of the museum highly differ from each other. Whereas the first relies on the aura of the exhibits, the second deploys cutting-edge media to create distinct ambiances and to present military history as a part of cultural history.