The Motion Detector (formerly: The Showcase of Contemporary Issues) was introduced as a new form of presentation in 2014. Objects from our collection related to topical subjects are exhibited at regular intervals in a display cabinet in the foyer, right beside the entrance at Arnimallee 25. The aim is to create a link between historical objects and current debates, and to simultaneously present excerpts from our extensive collection.
Past Motion Detectors have dealt with the Crimean conflict (2014), debates over the character of ‘Zwarte Piet’ (Black Peter) in the Netherlands, as well as the new acquisition Conchita Wurst on the Crescent Moon and its relevance to our collection.
View into the Current Motion Detector No. 16: "Collecting Pandemics", on the back wall of the display case: photos from the series "The Silent City" © Lidija Delovska © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug
The 16th Motion Detector display deals with the spread of COVID-19 and other historical pandemics. The display can be seen in the foyer of the MEK until the end of September 2020.