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Motion Detector

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.

Motion Detector No. 15: "Folded Heroes — COMIC FAN" by Stephan Hann

The 15th Motion Detector shows a dress: Folded Heroes - COMIC FAN by Stephan Hann, Berlin 2008, that is now on display in the lobby of the MEK until 26 April 2020.

Past Motion Detectors

"Motion Detector Nr. 14: 30 Years Fall of the Wall – Advent tear-off ´89": Tear-Off Advent for Bär-LIN '89, A Schmiddem, Hauschildt, Schmiddem Production, PropagandaDesign Wuppertal, 1989
Motion Detector Nr. 14: 30 Years Fall of the Wall – Advent tear-off ´89 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

30 Years Fall of the Wall – Advent tear-off ´89. 09.11.2019

Motion Detector No. 13: Old Techniques, New Trends — Preservation
Motion Detector No. 13: Old Techniques, New Trends — Preservation © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Motion Detector No. 13: Old Techniques, New Trends — Preservation. 16.07.2019

Motion Detector No. 12: Blue Miracle – Blue Print Becomes Cultural Heritage
Motion Detector No. 12: Blue Miracle – Blue Print Becomes Cultural Heritage © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Blue Miracle – Blue Print Becomes Cultural Heritage. 16.05.2019

Motion Detector No. 11: School Books — Knowledge and Politics
Motion Detector No. 11: School Books — Knowledge and Politics © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Schoolbooks – Knowledge and Politics. 13.03.2019

Lucia Robe, Sweden, ca. 2010 and Lucia Crown, Sweden, 1970s © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug
Lucia Robe, Sweden, ca. 2010 and Lucia Crown, Sweden, 1970s © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Who’s (Not) Allowed to Be Lucia? 02.11.2018

Football shirt of the German national football team, 2018 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug
Football shirt of the German national football team, 2018 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

#OurNeighbour - 2018 World Cup, 13. June 2018

Souvenir tea towel from Scotland (circa 1980) from the collection of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (detail) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia
Souvenir tea towel from Scotland (circa 1980) from the collection of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (detail) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

The United Kingdom 2018, 19. January 2018

Motion Detector No. 7: Ellis Island – Island of Hope, Island of Tears. Foreigners board a transfer steamer for departure © DOI / NPS / Statue of Liberty NM and Ellis Island, New York / Photo: Augustus Sherman
Motion Detector No. 7: Ellis Island – Island of Hope, Island of Tears. Foreigners board a transfer steamer for departure © DOI / NPS / Statue of Liberty NM and Ellis Island, New York / Photo: Augustus Sherman

Ellis Island – Island of Hope, Island of Tears, 11. March 2017

Motion Detector No. 6: Rudolf Wissel (1869-1962) and his collection to the „ancient craft“ © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Motion Detector No. 6: Rudolf Wissel (1869-1962) and his collection to the "ancient craft" © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen

Rudolf Wissell (1869 - 1962) and his collection on the "ancient craft", 3. June 2016

The photo collection of Sámi in the focus of international research © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen
The photo collection of Sámi in the focus of international research © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen

The Photographic Collection of the Sámi through the Lens of International Research, 23. December 2015

Gerhard Goder's sculpture 'Conchita Wurst on the Crescent' © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Ute Franz-Scarciglia
Gerhard Goder's sculpture 'Conchita Wurst on the Crescent' © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Ute Franz-Scarciglia

Gerhard Goder's sculpture 'Conchita Wurst on the Crescent', 18. May 2015

Motion Detector: Remembering the victims of HIV and AIDS © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Motion Detector: Remembering the victims of HIV and AIDS © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen

Remembering the victims of HIV and AIDS, 6. February 2015

Motion Detector No.2: Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia
Motion Detector No.2: Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

Der Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), 11. December 2014

What do the Crimean Tatars have to do with the Museum Europäischer Kulturen? © Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia
What do the Crimean Tatars have to do with the Museum Europäischer Kulturen? © Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

What do the Crimean Tatars have to do with the Museum Europäischer Kulturen? 25. April 2014