In Europe’s Garden

06.08.2021 to 27.02.2022
Museum Europäischer Kulturen

The special exhibition Murcia: In Europe’s Garden explores Murcia, an area in southeastern Spain, which is little known in Germany despite its importance to German consumers.

Huerta de Europa

The Murcia region is not particularly popular as a tourist destination, nor famous for its richly varied landscape and almost 50,000 year history bearing witness to the presence of Iberians, Phoenicians and Romans, among others. During the Middle Ages Murcia was situated on the boundary between Islamic and Christian Spain. It is not only the historical cultural contacts between Moors, Christians, and Jews that have left their mark on the region but also the irrigation systems introduced during the period of Islamic rule, making it possible to grow fruit in the relatively arid plain. That innovation enabled Murcia to expand into one of Europe’s key agricultural areas, delivering most of the fruit and vegetables sold in Germany.

As the Huerta de Europa – the garden of Europe – the region now attracts migrant workers from Europe and North Africa. At the same time, many pensioners, especially from Germany and England, enjoy spending their retirement along Murcia’s 250 km coastline. Its economy, migration, history and current developments make Murcia a rich region abounding in cultural heritage and cultural diversity.

Past and Present

The exhibition Murcia: In Europe’s Garden links Murcia’s past and present. Photographs by Göran Gnaudschun, who traveled through the region in 2020, shed light on the subject of migration in Murcia. A joint project with local residents brought forth personal objects that provide insights into everyday life in the region. Filmmakers and directors from Murcia use short films to make the area not only visible but audible as well. Historical photographs from the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK, Museum of European Cultures) collection and the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI, Ibero-American Institute) augment the exhibition.


The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Centre for European Studies and the Aula de Cine (Servicio de Cultura) of the Universidad de Murcia as well as the Sociedad Murciana de Antropología. Thanks to the Instituto Cervantes Berlin, you can experience the exhibition in Spanish using your smartphone. A special thanks goes to the company Europool, which lent us the plastic crates for the exhibition.

Families discover the exhibition

For families with children aged 6 and over there is a family discovery booklet.

17th European Cultural Days

In August 2021 the European Cultural Days will present the region with films, lectures, readings, culinary events and musical performances.

Exhibition Catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication edited by Susanne Boersma and Jana Wittenzellner: "Das bessere Leben: Photographs by Göran Gnaudschun", Berlin 2021. 120 pages, 50 colour illustrations, price: 24.95 euros.

A special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Event at the Altes Museum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt, 2021
Herbstferien-Programm 2021 für Familien und Jugendliche
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Valerie Schmidt
Visitors to the Neue Nationalgalerie
© Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 /Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt, 2021

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Event series for the 17th European Cultural Days: Murcia: In Europe’s Garden

European Cultural Days at the MEK

"Das bessere Leben: Fotografien von Göran Gnaudschun" in the Webshop of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin