Dresden (dpa / sn) - The Dresden art exhibition Ostrale relies on the canteen of the former GDR microelectronics combine Robotron as a permanent venue. "The "robotron canteen" must become a place for new art" - this is the headline of an appeal published on Wednesday by the new Ostrale advisory board. "Overdue - act instead of talk!" demanded co-signer and architect Peter Kulka at the presentation. According to its makers, the Ostrale should be the backbone and face of the house, which so far has only been used temporarily.
The Ostrale sponsors argued that there is still a lack of space for the promotion, presentation and communication of what is new in art. In view of the lack of affordable studios, the emigration of art school graduates and the residential area currently being built in the area, time is of the essence. A decision is needed "as soon as possible".
The VEB Kombinat Robotron was the largest computer manufacturer in the GDR until it was dissolved in 1990. The development department and headquarters were in Dresden. The canteen preserved from demolition, an architectural testimony of East Modernism, is also suitable for showing different currents of contemporary art and thus stimulating open discourse in the cultural city of Dresden, said Kulka. "Dresden needs places like this!"