The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists 2017 is being launched in September in Berlin at the Georges-Casalis-Hall. The art book is curated in Italy. And I have been invited into it. It’s one more event I would love to attend in person (sigh). The building itself is the Französischer Dom.
You wont get any more central that this. The French Cathedral (called the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche or the Französischer Dom) stands in the middle of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin’s historical city centre. As a venue for receptions, events, conferences and cultural events, it has the best possible location in Berlin and is easily accessible by public transport. This Baroque cathedral presents guests with an event venue that is both chaste and illustrious in character. The great hall, with its 700 square metres, has room for 500 – 600 guests. A further highlight of the French Cathedral is the stunning Georges-Casalis-Hall – an oval room with wooden parquet floors – perfect for lectures, conferences or receptions for 100 to 150 people.
The edifice commonly known as the Französicher Dom is, in fact, two separate buildings: the older Französische Friedrichstadtkirche and the more recent cathedral known as the Französischer Dom. Church services and concerts, as well as conferences run by the Evangelische Akademie and other events organisers, are held in the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche. The Französicher Dom is home to the Huguenot Museum, and also has a viewing platform. Wikipedia gives a little history:
Französischer Dom (the term is German for “French Cathedral,” but in the case of Gendarmenmarkt, Dom refers to the French word for English “dome” and not to a cathedral. Neither church on Gendarmenmarkt was ever the church of a bishop. . . .
Louis Cayart and Abraham Quesnay built the first parts of the French Church from 1701 to 1705 for the Huguenot (Calvinist) community. At that time, Huguenots made up about 25% of Berlin’s population. The French Church was modelled after the destroyed Huguenot temple in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, France.