Evenings in the "Verstärker": New Event Series at Haus Bastian

Museumsinsel Berlin

On Thursday, 24 October 2019 the new series of events “Evenings in the Verstärker” will take place from 7‒9 pm at Haus Bastian, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s new cultural education centre. The inaugural event takes up the half-year topic “Exact Matches? From Images to Copies?” and asks: Does an image reproduce reality? The event is free.

Is there such a thing as photogenicity? What does a photograph capture? And a painting? Was is artistic beauty? Moderator Jenni Zylka discusses these and other questions with photographer Beate Nelkin and painter Daniel Wiesenfeld. The public is invited to participate in “Does an Image Reproduce Reality?” on 24 October 2019, with verbal contributions as well as creative commentaries. DJ PicturEsque will accompany the programme.

Verstärker Event Series “Extract Matches? From Images to Copies?”

The inaugural event marks the launch of the Verstärker Event Series “Exact Matches? From Image to Copies?” Once a month Haus Bastian invites various guests to share their points of view with a wider public. Directors, academics, doppelgangers, musicians and artists present varying formats such as talks, readings, workshops, musical performances and film clips. Every evening is different.

The Verstärker programme is the catalyst energising the new educational centre. Every six months, new interdisciplinary topics and themes pertaining to various collections are introduced in special programmes and presentations held quite prominently on the ground floor. The current Verstärker topic not only has to do with the exhibition Near Life: 200 Years of Casting Plaster at the James-Simon-Galerie but can also be applied to the Museumsinsel Berlin collections.

The initiator is artist Pauline M’barek, who with a focus on the human body has selected objects from the Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop) and other sources. These are placed in relationship to one another in the Verstärker presentation and labelled with thought-provoking questions and requests for some type of action. Users enhance the setting by, for example, adding their own casts and prints or by leaving comments. In the process, they discover connections to the Museumsinsel Berlin collections as well as to their own interests and experiences, while also introducing their own perspectives into the current Verstärker topic.

Coming Events in the Series:

  • Do We Have Doppelgangers? Thursday, 14 November 2019, 7–9 pm
  • Who Owns the Copies? Thursday, 5 December 2019, 7–9 pm
  • What is the Secret of Twins? Thursday, 9 January 2020, 7–9 pm
  • Fashion – Leveller or Individualiser? Thursday, 6 February 2020, 7–9 pm

Participation is free of charge; no registration required.

Haus Bastian – Centre for Cultural Education

Haus Bastian is a centrally-located venue intended for a wide audience, where school groups and students, children and families, teenagers and adults will find more than just an ideal starting point from which to fan out into all 15 collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Following their visits, these same groups will also have opportunities to enlarge upon and discuss their observations, experiences and questions in a very creative environment. In addition to large regional and supraregional educational projects which will be realised here in the future, Haus Bastian offers a forum to debate current and future-oriented questions surrounding educational work, such as social participation, inclusion or political education. In addition Haus Bastian is expected to establish itself as a local, national and international meeting place for professionals in museum education.