ALL HANDS ON: Basketry

24.05.2022 to 26.05.2024
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!

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.

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug
Flechten verbindet

Workshop | 120 Minuten | 60 Euro | kostenfrei

Braiding after Kumihimo
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug
Flechtsterne und Kumihimo

Workshop | 120 Minuten | 60 Euro

Carrying baskets
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug
Verflochtene Geschichten

Ausstellungsgespräch | 60 Minuten | 30 Euro | kostenfrei

Textile Day 2019
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Arnimallee 25
14195 Berlin

partially wheelchair accessible

U-Bahn: Dahlem-Dorf
Bus: U Dahlem-Dorf, Limonenstraße, Domäne Dahlem

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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon closed
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

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