Our museum is open under current hygiene regulations:
From Jan 15th, 2022 on, the expanded 2G rule (2G+) enables to visit the museum: visitors need to show a full proof of vaccination or convalescence; furthermore it's manditory to cover the entire area of nose and mouth with an FFP2 mask while beeing in the museum.
An intervention in the glass tower of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum
November 30, 2021- February 28, 2022
Through actions, events and the poster campaign “I Won't Participate Because...” the Coalition of Cultural Workers Against the Humboldt Forum (CCWAH) addresses the reconstructed Berlin Palace with its golden cross and orb, where the Humboldt Forum opened several exhibitions in 2021. As an alliance together with Barazani.Berlin and Decolonize Berlin e.V. among others, CCWAH proposes to redirect the resources of this mega-institution into a sustainable and meaningful decolonization of Berlin's cultural institutions, collections, and programs – and that looted objects be restituted.
Furthermore, as of September 2021, the Humboldt Forum hosts exhibitions and collections of German Ethnological Collections. Some of these objects originate from the Royal Museum of Ethnology, which opened in 1886. The museum was located at the corner of today’s Stresemannstraße and Niederkirchnerstraße, on the parking lot next to Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin Kreuzberg. By order of the Federal Council in 1889, all objects from state scientific and military expeditions and spoils of war were transferred to the museum. After the demolition of the Kreuzberg site, the Ethnological Museum moved to Dahlem in 1964.
Ever since the political decision to rebuild the Berlin Palace, self-organised initiatives such as AfricAvenir, Berlin Postkolonial, No Humboldt 21, Afrotak TV cyberNomads and others have been fighting against the Humboldt Forum and the for the main part looted art on display there. CCWAH takes up these struggles together with them and many others in the present.
From 29 October 2021
From 1933 onwards, when the NSDAP came to power, the reality of life changed dramatically, especially for those people who were considered deviant and abnormal according to Nazi ideology. With the help of the state authorities, they are systematically persecuted, deported and sometimes killed by the Nazis.
Nevertheless, 1933 did not represent a complete break with previous realities of life. Workers were also considered potential troublemakers and a possible threat to public safety. During the Weimar Republic, the bourgeoisie and state authorities viewed people from lower social classes with suspicion; with the help of welfare institutions, the police and the judiciary, attempts were made to discipline and control them.
Even before 1933, the Nazis targeted working-class milieus: on the one hand, workers were interesting as members and voters of the NSDAP; on the other, the Nazis feared the self-organized structures of the workers' movement and terrorized them with violence. Despite manifold resistance, the Nazis gradually succeeded in violently smashing the independent culture and structures of the workers' milieus from 1933 onward.
The temporary exhibition "Before Night Falls. Alltag, Strukturen und Bruchlinien im Arbeiter:innenmilieu bis 1933" (Everyday Life, Structures and Ruptures in the Workers' Milieu up to 1933) deals with the lifeworlds and everyday life of workers in Weimar-era Berlin: it illuminates practical living, cultural and political contexts on the "eve" of Hitler's appointment as Reich Chancellor. The exhibition also questions the role of the workers' movement and the way in which Nazis sought links to the lifeworlds of workers.
Funded by the Bezirkskulturfonds Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg with the support of the Verein zur Erforschung und Darstellung der Geschichte Kreuzbergs e.V. (Association for Research and Presentation of the History of Kreuzberg).
As part of the permanent exhibition "Making History!"
Extended until January 30, 2022
Let's do it ourselves - 40 years of self-organized spaces in Berlin
Self-organization and self-help are not just relics from earlier times, but are still relevant means for residents to maintain and improve their housing situation.
At the height of the Instandbesetzer*innen movement in 1981, activists from various social sectors occupied vacant apartment buildings, factories, and brownfields in Kreuzberg. The Heilehaus (health), the Schokofabrik (women's movement), the Kinderbauernhof Mauerplatz (children/education) and the Regenbogenfabrik (youth, culture and neighborhood), among others, set up self-help projects.
"Let's do it ourselves" features these as well as younger self-organized initiatives, such as Casa Kuá, a trans*, inter*, queer community and health center, among others.
Self-organized spaces are not given away, then or now. They always have to be worked for, fought for, and defended against resistance. Just as various initiatives have networked into a kind of cosmos since the 1980s, active designs of political, lived cities are also emerging today through the interaction of self-organized spaces.
"40 Years of Self-Organized Spaces in Berlin" is an exhibition that wants to pass on concrete strategies of self-management. To this end, the initiatives are compiling photographs, archival materials and interviews as part of the permanent exhibition "Making History!", providing insights into their work.
The exhibition project is funded by the Bezirkskulturfonds Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and the foundation "Stiftung Menschenwürde und Arbeitswelt".
Ab 11. Juni 2021
Ausstellung zu den Denkmalen in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Über Denkmale wird derzeit so heiß wie lange nicht diskutiert. Ausgehend von den Protesten gegen koloniale und rassistische Repräsentationen im öffentlichen Raum werden vielerorts kritische Fragen gestellt: Wer oder was wird hier geehrt? Welche Bilder und Zeichen prägen unsere Stadt? Wie vertragen sich die Monumente mit den Werten einer offenen Gesellschaft? Und wie sieht es eigentlich vor unserer Haustür aus?
Um sich diesen Fragen zu nähern, wählten wir einen umfassenden Ansatz: Sämtliche Denkmale des Bezirks Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg wurden einer „kollaborativen Inventur“ unterzogen: Auf Rundgängen im gesamten Bezirk wurden sie von Menschen vieler unterschiedlicher Perspektiven betrachtet und diskutiert. Flankierende Workshops in der Jugendkunstschule FRI-X BERG setzten künstlerische Akzente. Begleitet wird der Prozess durch eine Ausstellung im FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum, die als Knotenpunkt und Präsentationsort des Gesamtprojektes dient.
Ein Projekt von Die Exponauten. Ausstellungen et cetera in Kooperation mit FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum und der Jugendkunstschule FRI-X BERG, gefördert durch die Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin, Projektfonds Zeitgeschichte und Erinnerungskultur.