Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Basketry is a cultural technique that is thousands of years old, practised worldwide, regionally distinctive and still a handicraft in the truest sense of the word. Humans alone have mastered the complex weaving method, with no machine capable of replacing their artisanship. The exhibition focuses on this fascinating skill and reveals the interconnections between historically evolved knowledge and modern innovations.
The exhibition’s four sections – People, Protection, Material and Patterns – offer visitors the chance to discover numerous woven everyday objects from across Europe stemming from the Museum Europäischer Kulture (MEK, Museum of European Cultures) collection. A walk-in sculptural installation by artist Olaf Holzapfel and other international contemporary art and design works using various weaving techniques offer additional perspectives on the artisanal tradition.
The different topics are linked via multiple interactive stations that allow museum visitors to tactically experience the intangible cultural heritage contained in woven objects. Therefore – ALL HANDS ON: Basketry!
With works by: Chantal Bavaud, Ralf Eggert, Muriel Gallardo Weinstein, Rosa Gies, Olaf Holzapfel, Megumi Heguchi, Fred Jacob, Adrianus Kundert, Evey Kwong, Syowia Kyambi, Caterina Meloni, Nathalie Miebach, Waltraud Münzhuber, Roland Oppelt, Thalea Schmalenberg, Klaus Titze
The exhibition is curated by Judith Schühle and Sofia Botvinnik with Tina Peschel and Andrea Aßinger.
A special exhibition by the MEK – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), the European Ethnology programme at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the European Media Studies programmes at the University of Potsdam and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and the Gartenarbeitsschule Steglitz-Zehlendorf.
Supported by the Friede Springer Stiftung and the Verein der Freunde des MEK.
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Address / Getting there
partially wheelchair accessible
Bus: U Dahlem-Dorf, Limonenstraße, Domäne Dahlem
Strollers and wheelchairs can be borrowed from the ticket desk.
The exhibition is accessible via a staircase. There is a lift at the back of the building. However, it can only be used at certain times and days. Please contact the visitor services before your visit. There is no floor-based guidance system. All audiovisual media have subtitles in German and English.
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
Opening times on public holidays Opening Hours
Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.
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