Museum Europäischer Kulturen: The Contemporary Showcase

25.04.2014
Museum Europäischer Kulturen

The "contemporary showcase" is a new platform initiated by the Museum Europäischer Kulturen to discuss current events and explore their relevance to the museum and its collection. The "showcase" itself takes the form of a glass display case, located in the foyer directly beside the entrance to the museum at Arnimallee 25.

Due to the current crisis between the Ukraine and Russia, the first contemporary showcase is dedicated to the Crimean Tatars. Today, approximately two million people live on the Crimean Peninsula, of which 58.3% are Russian, 24.2% are Ukrainian, and 12% are Tatar. The Crimean Tatars form a Muslim minority within a society that is predominately Orthodox Christian. In the current showcase, visitors learn more about the history of the Crimean Tatars: the effect the Russian conquest of the Crimea in 1783 had on them, their deportation under Stalin in 1943, and their present-day relationship to the Russian population.

The selection of objects on display hints at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen's extensive collection relating to the history and culture of the Crimean Tatars, while also making reference to the permanent exhibition "Cultural Contact - Life in Europe", in which further related objects are on display.

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