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Greetings from the founder

26/2020, 21.08.2020

Art project in Berlin-Marienfelde: photographs as tall as buildings on the wall of the historic BfR experimental farm commemorate Adolf and Emilie Kiepert

In 1844, the economist and politician Adolf Kiepert bought the Marienfelde manor in what is now the south-west of Berlin and founded a flourishing model farm here. Together with his wife Emilie, Adolf Kiepert has now risen again. The elegantly dressed couple welcome visitors to the manor from their vantage point covering almost the entire side of the house. The photography from the late 19th century is part of an art project that celebrates the 800th anniversary of Marienfelde. Today the Kiepert’s property belongs to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and is used as an experimental farm.

 Fotografie des Ehepaars Kiepert

"As one of the major scientific employers at the Marienfelde site, we are very pleased to be able to make our connection with the area visible," says BfR's Head of Department Administration Michael Gose. "We gave access to the façades of our historic experimental farm for this ingenious street art project because it really brings the roots of this very special property to life in an original and vivid way and of course it commemorates Adolf Kiepert, a man whose civic engagement we owe a lot to." In addition to his work as a landowner, Kiepert held public offices. He was a member of the Prussian state parliament and later the Reichstag. Together with the agricultural technician Max Eyth, he founded the German Agricultural Society.

The Marienfelde artist duo David Mannstein and Maria Vill have attached large photos and collages to many of the façades of, in most cases, public buildings within the area. The art project will be officially opened on 22 August 2020, and is titled "Paste Up History - Marienfelde goes Street Art" and should last about two months.

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the German federal government and German federal states ("Laender") on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.

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