August, 9 until November, 3 2019
Housing is a human right – as specified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. The Declaration demands sufficient availability of housing, protection from interference here and access to housing free of discrimination. Housing was not only to be affordable, but also fit for human beings to live in.
The reality is often a different one. In Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, in particular, available housing is not a thing to be taken for granted. The urban space is the subject of fierce competition. A number of initiatives have been set up in the past years campaigning against rent increases, evictions, luxury refurbishment and displacement.
Housing is also one of the most important social issues discussed in Berlin politics. The housing issue, however, did not only arise in recent years: it has been an integral aspect of the district’s development since the 19thcentury. It is not just about housing protests, but also about living conditions, forms of living and residential visions, all of which have been negotiated in different ways in the district’s history. The fragmentary way the exhibition topics are presented sheds light on both historical ruptures and continuities, as well as stimulating different and yet often interlinked questions.
Sponsored by "Bezirkskulturfonds Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg" with support by "Verein zur Erforschung und Darstellung der Geschichte Kreuzbergs e.V."
November, 9 2018 – July, 28 2019
During the 1918/19 Revolution, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg played a central as two districts whose population were very much involved in the fight for peace, freedom and bread. In addition to more prominent subjects such as the occupation of the Vorwärts newspaper building in January 1919 or the establishment of the first Workers’ Council in the Knorr-Bremse AG factory, in this special exhibition, the FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum also takes a closer look at topics that are less generally well-known in our collective memory. These include the peace movement, attending to the wounded following the fights that ensued at the city’s makeshift barricades and the role of working-class women in the run-up to and during the Revolution.
The topics are located, both in digital and analogue form, on a city plan that is laid out on the museum floor in the permanent exhibition “ortsgespräche” (a wordplay in German between local call/talking about places). Using your own smartphone or with a tablet provided by us on loan, visitors can walk across the district, as it were, and at certain marked spots can see and listen to the events that happened before and during the Revolution.
Eye-witness reports, letters, diary entries, films or historical postcards provide a detailed insight into the revolutionary happenings.
Action Room Revolution
Accompanying the Peace, Freedom, Bread! Exhibition, the FHXB Museum is presenting an action room on the second floor. Together with the visitors, we will be examining there more recent and future revolutions in relation to the 1918/19 Revolution. School pupils will be producing revolutionary newspapers and posters in the museum printshop and these will be shown in the Action Room. Parallel to this, the visitors, together with the Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus (Institute for Resistance in Post-Fordism), will collectively research into future revolutions and produce their own revolutionary postcards. A research area with books, newspapers and information brochures allows visitors to take a more in-depth look at the exhibition theme.
The exhibition is part of Berlin’s thematic winter on 100 Years of Revolution – Berlin 1918/19 and is funded by the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin.