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Family Action Day, the Closing Event of the Exhibition “Near Life: The Gipsformerei – 200 Years of Casting Plaster” on 1 March 2020

21.02.2020

On Sunday, 1 March 2020, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin invites children, teens and families to the closing event of the special exhibition Near Life: The Gipsformerei – 200 Years of Casting Plaster, a day of activities at Haus Bastian and the James-Simon-Galerie. Participation is free.

  • How do you make a cast of a real crocodile?
  • Which techniques are used to make a plaster cast of your own hand?
  • What are the differences between a cast and the original?

In workshops on Action Day, children and families explore unusual methods used for making plaster casts and create casts of themselves. The special exhibition Near Life: The Gipsformerei – 200 Years of Casting Plaster at the James-Simon-Galerie provides the inspiration. All the activities take place at Haus Bastian, the new Centre for Cultural Education on the Museumsinsel (Museum Island) Berlin.

Programme

  • 12–4 pm, Workshop: One-to-One Copies? A Thousand Fingers – One Hand (Haus Bastian, ground floor, level 0)
  • 12–4 pm, Workshop: Doubled Silhouettes (Haus Bastian, level 1)
  • 12–4 pm, A Quick Visit (every half hour): Exhibition talks about the special exhibition Near Life: The Gipsformerei – 200 Years of Casting Plaster (Haus Bastian, ground floor, level 0)

Participation and Registration

Participation in the Action Day offers is free of charge. From 10 am – 6 pm children and teenagers under 18 receive free admission to the special exhibition Near Life and may be accompanied by up to two adults, who also receive free admission. No registration is required.

The Family Action Day is part of the Connections education project, through which the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin invites audiences to discover the broad scope of the Museumsinsel Berlin and its collections. It aims to encourage participation by a diverse public in the activities and continuing evolution of the Museumsinsel. The Connections project is made possible by support from the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Board of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation).