Bode-Museum Nominated for 2019 Repektpreis with the Exhibition Spielarten der Liebe


The Bode-Museum was nominated with Spielarten der Liebe/All Forms of Love , the first part of the exhibition series The Second Glance, for the Respektpreis 2019 of the BÜNDNIS GEGEN HOMOPHOBIE (Alliance Against Homophobia). The award recognises outstanding advocacy for the acceptance of homosexual and transgender people. The winner of the 2019 Respektpreis was announced 2 December 2019.

The Rationale for the Nomination of All Forms of Love

All Forms of Love has been on display at the Bode-Museum since September 2019 as an exhibition integrated into one of the museum’s permanent exhibitions, making it the first Staatliche Museen zu Berlin venue to explore the diversity of gender identities and sexual orientations as well as their perception and artistic treatment. The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Schwules Museum, is the first part of the exhibition series, The Second Glance, with which the museum intends to recontextualise its permanent collection.

Five Thematic Paths Through the Collection

The Second Glance is an invitation from the Bode-Museum to follow five thematic paths through the collection and discover aspects of the diverse forms of love that, until now, have been overlooked or ignored.

  • The first path analyses the representation of the heroic soldier and the boundaries between masculine prowess and bisexuality.
  • The second path deals with works of art made by homosexual men or artists connected with homosexual milieus.
  • Male homosexual collectors are the focus of the third path.
  • The fourth path concentrates on the representation of feminine intimacy and erotic love between women
  • The fifth path introduces historical characters and interpretations of gender reassignment and gender ambiguity.

These topics are examined in a series of lectures between September 2019 and March 2020. The exhibition was curated by Dr María López-Fanjul y Díez del Corral.

All Forms of Love could be explored with the help of informational handouts provided in the exhibition and the subject is also available as an online catalogue free of charge:

Respektpreis Award Ceremony on 2 December 2019

On 2 December 2019, the BÜNDNIS GEGEN HOMOPHOBIE awarded that year’s Respektpreis. The jury, consisting of Jenan Mouhamed Ali (Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH), Martina Frisch (St.-Michaels-Heim Jugendgästehaus & Hotel), Dr Ahi Sema Issever (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Hendrik Kosche (Jewish Community of Berlin), Lydia Malmedie (Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination), Petra Rosenberg (Landesverband Deutscher Sinti und Roma Berlin), Stefanie Wall (LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg) and Bernd Wegner (BVG), selected the nominees from numerous proposals. The Bündnis members voted to approve the Respektpreis winner.


In its effort to actively resist and counteract homophobia, the LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. initiated the BÜNDNIS GEGEN HOMOPHOBIE, which it subsequently implemented on behalf of the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination (LADS) of the Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination as part of the initiative “Berlin tritt ein für Selbstbestimmung und Akzeptanz geschlechtlicher and sexueller Vielfalt” (IGSV, Berlin Stands Up for Self-Determination and the Acceptance of Gender and Sexual Diversity). The patron of the BÜNDNIS GEGEN HOMOPHOBIE is the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller.