KIEZ MEETS MUSEUM: The Nationalgalerie, in association with Berliner Leben, launches four projects for kids and teens in 2017

12.07.2017
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

The Nationalgalerie first partnered with Berliner Leben, a foundation of the Gewobag housing association, in 2014 to work on museum and art education. KIEZ MEETS MUSEUM marks a continuation of this collaboration. By 2018 four projects for children and teens will be realized that aim to allow young people from disadvantaged inner-city areas to take part in the city’s cultural life, empowering them to pass on their perspectives on art to others.

The projects ‘Deine eigene Geschichte’ (‘Your Own Story’) and ‘Unentdeckte Ecken’ (‘Undiscovered Corners’) are currently being launched at the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Nationalgalerie’s division for contemporary art. On 11 July the results of both projects were presented at the Hamburger Bahnhof. The projects for teens, ‘Stell die Verbindung her’ (‘Link It Up’) and ‘Von Nagel zu Nagel’ (‘From Nail to Nail’), are due to follow in autumn.

Exhibition guide in booklet form made by children for children, available free of charge at the Hamburger Bahnhof from 12 July 2017

For the project ‘Deine eigene Geschichte’ (‘Your Own Story’), primary-school pupils have developed an exhibition guide for children with personal stories about works of art at the Hamburger Bahnhof, including those by Joseph Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein and Wolf Vostell. Together with an art educator and an illustrator, the children playfully and actively discovered works of contemporary art. A sketchbook accompanying the exhibition has been created from their drawings, sketches, text fragments, sound bites and stories, and will be available free of charge to young visitors at the museum’s cash desk from 12 July 2017. The ideas developed by the pupils encourage other children to discover and share stories about art.

In a further project, primary-school pupils seek out, photograph, and draw ‘Undiscovered Corners’ both in the Hamburger Bahnhof itself and in their urban and home environment. The images are condensed into a card game that offers suggestions for the artistic exploration of public spaces and works of art. The card game will be made available, free of charge, to school groups from September 2017.

In autumn 2017 local high-school pupils worked on a project called ‘Stell die Verbindung her’ (‘Link It Up’) to produce an audio-guide that teens can hire for free when visiting the collection displays at the Hamburger Bahnhof. The guide features their personal stories about and reactions to the artworks, enriched by audio.

In the project ‘Von Nagel zu Nagel – von Ort zu Ort’ (‘From Nail to Nail…’), young adults take a look behind the scenes of the museum’s day-to-day operations and capture their impressions on video. The films will be posted on the website of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Stiftung Berliner Leben.

Education and outreach at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The Education, Outreach, and Visitor Services Department is the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s central educational institution. It sees itself as an expert in school and extra-curricular cultural education and explicitly tackles questions relating to cultural education for schools, children, and teens.

In addition to looking at art in the museum, other things that play a vital role in exploring the various themes in the collections are the life experiences of children and adolescents themselves and action-oriented, artistic methods. Additionally, the department seeks to open up the museums to all social groups and achieve the inclusion and active involvement of all members of the city with its richly intercultural social environment.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Opened in 1996, the Hamburger Bahnhof is home to the Nationalgalerie’s collection of contemporary art and is now one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Parallel to a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, the museum also presents works from the Nationalgalerie’s own collection, the Marx Collection, and the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. These collections form the basis of rotating displays, presented under the overarching title ‘Die Sammlungen. The Collections. Les Collections’.

Stiftung Berliner Leben

Berlin-based Gewobag is one of the leading housing trusts or associations in Germany. With the founding of its Berliner Leben Foundation in 2013, the municipal corporation consolidated its commitment to continuous and sustainable neighbourhood development in many districts of Berlin. At the heart of the foundation’s work is the promotion of equal participation and intercultural integration in Berlin life. The Berliner Leben Foundation promotes art and culture for youth and seniors, as well as sports.