To mark the 60th anniversary of the recruitment agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Turkey, the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art) in the Pergamonmuseum is presenting the music exhibition Gurbet Şarkıları – Songs from Foreign Lands. It sheds light on the multiple perspectives of the first “guest worker” generation and subsequent generations by highlighting the relationships between music, individual biographies and social context.
Gurbet Şarkıları – from Foreign Lands explores key personal and socio-political issues via music: What did music mean to the first generation of guest workers at the time? How did it reflect their longings, their search for identity in lives lived between the homeland and the unknown, and their experiences of racism? What does music mean to those early guest workers’ children and grandchildren, who are now at home in Germany? In attempting to answer these questions, the exhibition from Foreign Lands draws on the music created by first generation guest workers and their decendants in Germany, where it was listened to then, as it is now.
The exhibition in the MuseumsLab of the Museum für Islamische Kunst is divided into three sections:
A radio programme is also being developed in collaboration with Metropol FM, Germany’s first Turkish-language radio station.
The special exhibition is being realised as part of the project Common Past – Common Future II, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
A special exhibition of the Museum für Islamische Kunst – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin at the Pergamonmuseum
Address / Getting there
partially wheelchair accessible
Please note: Pergamonmuseum is exclusively entered through James-Simon-Galerie!
Site plan: Entrance to the Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum (PDF)
All groups meet at the information desk at the upper foyer in James-Simon-Galerie, entering by using the big stairway.
Advice for group visits to the Pergamonmuseum an the Neues Museum (PDF)
Due to a technical issue, the lift is out of service until further notice, meaning the Museum für Islamische Kunst is not currently wheelchair accessible. The major architectural exhibits – such as the Processional Way, featuring the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus – are still accessible to people with mobility issues.
S-Bahn: Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt
Tram: Am Kupfergraben, Hackescher Markt
Bus: Staatsoper, Lustgarten, Friedrichstraße
Low-carbon public transport connections
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Opening times on public holidays Opening hours
Access via James-Simon-Galerie
Prices / Tickets
12,00 EUR Concessions 6,00
Annual Ticket from 25,00 EUR
free time slot ticket required
Admission / Public health measures