Exhibition 20 May 2016 - 18 September 2016


Framed by a program of performances, lectures and film screenings, millionaires can be trans* // you are so brave* is a multimedia exhibition that explores possibilities beyond traditional transgender narratives.

The title ironically cites two dominant perspectives within the media. Firstly, millionaires can be trans*, critiques the obsession with trans* celebrity success. Secondly, you are so brave*, is a humorous reference to cisgender perspectives that effectively reduce trans* lives to...

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Preview 27 May 2016, 18:30

Radical romanticism, violent Cuteness and the Destruction of the World

Talk Series “Radical transfeminism” in connection with the exhibition "MILLIONAIRES CAN BE TRANS* // YOU ARE SO BRAVE*"


- Mijke van der Drift - In this talk I will make the case that the destruction of the world can best be achieved through love.

I will discuss cuteness through the work of Tripthi Pillai and Sianne Ngai. I will propose cuteness has more in it than seems at first sight and may have political possibility. I will turn to a viewing of Neelu Bhuman’s Love Letter/Prema Lekha, whic...

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Preview 26 May 2016, 18:30

Filmvorführung und Diskussion "Der Kreis" von Stefan Haupt

Zur Eröffnung der Tagung „Staat und Homosexualitäten im 20. Jahrhundert. Brüche und Kontinuitäten in französisch- und deutschsprachigen Ländern“ wird am 26. Mai im Schwulen Museum* die deutsch-schweizerische Dokufiktion „Der Kreis“ (OmU) von Stefan Haupt, Gewinner des Teddy Awards der Berlinale 2014, gezeigt. Im Anschluss wird es eine Diskussion und historische Einordnung des Films durch den Historiker Thierry Delessert (Université de Lausanne), Autor des Buchs „Les homosexuels sont un danger...

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News 19 May 2016

Press Release from Cassils: "The real issue is transphobia."

An exhibition poster featuring trans artist Cassils was banned from German train stations by the German government. The Deutsche Bahn AG railway company has now reversed its decision in response to allegations of homophobia. The real issue is transphobia.

Preceding the opening of the blockbuster travelling exhibition Homosexuality_ies at the LWL-Museum fur Kunst und Kultur, Germany on May 12, 2016, the Deutsche Bahn AG railway company banned the display of posters advertising the exhibition....

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Ashkan Sepahvand is the new Curatorial Fellow in the Schwules Museum*

Ashkan Sepahvand is pleased to join the Schwules Museum* for the next 18 months as a Curatorial Fellow as part of the International Museum Fellowship programme funded by The Federal Cultural Foundation.

Here he will be researching the Museum's archive to develop a re-reading of the history of LGBTIQ*- Heritage in Germany from a post-colonial perspective. This will take on the form of a intervention as part of the Permanent Exhibition of the Schwules Museum* opening in 2018.

Sepahvand is an...

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News 09 May 2016, 11:32

New Communications Manager: Jan Schnorrenberg

Jan Schnorrenberg has recently joined our museum team as part of our press office. He will be responsible for public relations and the daily maintenance of this website. Additionally, he will supervise our social media channels and help develop and implement new approaches to social media for the SMU*.

Jan is living in Berlin since 2010 and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Humboldt-University.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in European Ethnology in 2014....

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News 11 April 2016, 13:53

New head of the archive and library: Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens

Wolfgang Cortjaens has recently joined our museum team: since 1 April, 2016, he is the new head of our archive and library. He will look after the extensive museum collection, which includes a systematic and digital cataloging of our inventory, in order to create a general database. Additionally, he will help curate exhibitions, including the new permanent exhibition of the SMU*.

Cortjaens, who is of German-Dutch origin, has a PhD in art history and the history of architecture. He was...

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