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Graubuenden

THE RED TOWER

 

THE PLACE. Origen's Babylonian Tower on the Julier Pass was ceremoniously opened in summer 2017. The temporary structure on the pass recalls the origin of culture in the Mesopotamian region: Babylon is still considered the cradle of civilisation today. Long before the culture of the Greeks and Romans changed the face of the earth, an early advanced civilisation emerged in Mesopotamia that continues to shape us today. The myth of the failed Tower of Babel has deeply influenced European and Oriental cultural history. The tower has become a symbol of human existence, which is characterised by departure and failure, pride and powerlessness, permanence and transience. 

 

THE THEATRE. The idea of a theatre tower in the high Alps is unique in the history of European theatre construction. In its strong relation to the landscape, the Juliet Tower takes up Greek theatre construction. The Roman arena is reflected in the concentric playing area. Medieval cultic theatre forms are cited in the sacred aura of the Juliet Tower. There are borrowings from the Shakespearean stage, which projects into the auditorium and is illuminated by daylight. The arcaded boxes are reminiscent of Baroque theatre. The extreme verticality of the stage spaces, the presence of the archaic landscape, the natural play of light and the timeless symbolism make the building a singular structure worldwide.

 

 

 

THE EXHIBITION. The exhibition tells of the planning and construction of the tower and of the architectural references to European theatre construction. It gives a voice to the artists who have created new works for the Red Tower. Christian Brandstätter's illustrated book on the Red Tower - a homage to the great seasons on the pass - is presented in the exhibition and can also be purchased in the museum shop along with the other books of the Origenal series.

 

THE MUSEUM SHOP. Unfortunately, the museum café must remain closed. However, we have prepared a small take-away offer of warm drinks and biscuits for you.

 

THE OPENING HOURS.

11th March – 4th April 2021 | Thu – Sun | 14.00 – 17.00 hrs

 

YOUR VISIT. We look forward to welcoming you – at a distance and with a mask.Admission is free – we would appreciate a small donation or the purchase of an Origen mug.