The Second Glance

The Second Glance is a new exhibition series that provides a multi-perspectival engagement with the permanent collection of the Bode Museum through themes of contemporary social relevance. Following thematic paths, visitors will be encouraged to discover the treasures of the Sculpture Collection and the Museum for Byzantine Art in new and different ways. “All Forms of Love”, the first instalment in the series, organized together with the Schwules Museum, offers a second look at works that, in a variety of ways, provide access to the theme of the diversity of sexual identities.

A Museum of the People

With its important sculpture collection, the Bode-Museum is first and foremost a museum of human beings – no other art form offers such a distinctive depiction of their physical form, bodily presence and sometimes even their individual appearance. The objects in the collections cover over 1,500 years of Europe’s artistic and cultural history, making them particularly well-suited for exhibition formats that deal with human identities and their artistic embodiment.

In the Museum and on the Net

The catalogue explores the background to the themes and objects in much more detail than the website. In order to help visitors find their way through the museum, the catalogue features a map showing the location of the objects, with the five routes all colour-coded. The map will also be available free of charge in the museum. 

In order to make the content of this multi-part exhibition project accessible to all interested parties, the exhibition catalogue is available for download free of charge in both German and English (PDF, each 1 MB).

Overview: Current Tour

Andrea del Verrocchio (1435/36-1488), Sleeping Youth, ca. 1470/75 Terracotta © Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Antje Voigt

All Forms of Love

Path 1 within the Tour

Constantinople, Centre Panel of Triptych with the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, 10th c. Ivory © Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Jürgen Liepe

In Love and War

Path 2 within the Tour

Vincenzo Pacetti (1746-1820), The Barberini Faun, detail, 1799 Clay © Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders

Male Artists and Homosexuality

Path 3 within the Tour

Egypt (Alexandria), Torso of Emperor Statue, 4th c. Red Egyptian porphyry © Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Jürgen Liepe

Art of Antiquity and Enlightened Collecting

Path 4 within the Tour

Giuseppe Mazza (1653-1741), Diana with Nymphs and Acteon, ca. 1710, Marble, detail © Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders

Heroines of Virtue

Path 5 within the Tour

Giambologna (1529-1608) Venus Urania, detail, 1573 Gilt-bronze © Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders

Crossing Borders