Guided Tour 01 September 2016 - 30 September 2016

Free guided tours at the Schwules Museum*

Guided tours at the Schwules* Museum in September:

Saturday, 24. September at 4pm guided tour „Am I Dandy? Instructions on How to Lead an Extravagant Life“ with curator Dr. Anna-Dorothea Ludewig

Thursday, 29. September at 6pm guided tour „Bühnenbild: Peter Kothe“ with curator & „founding mother“ of the Schwules Museum* Wolfgang Theis

 Guided tours with curators and trainees are available almost every Thursday and Saturday. The tours themselves are free, visitors only have to pay admission for the museum itself.

Additional guided tours for private groups, educational trips or similar can be requested and booked via kontakt(at) When it comes to the number of participants, we recommend 25 for tours through our exhibitions and the museum itself and 15 participants for tours through our archive.

Lecture 29 September 2016, 19:00

The Femme Dandy from Stendhal to Club Cassanova

With PD Dr. Isabelle Stauffer (Mainz)

Although Dandyism is masculine in principle, the Femme Dandy has been accompanying this history since the mid-19th century. However, Female Dandyism needs its own money and an unassailable social position to transfer life into an art piece. In the 20th and 21st century, the Bohemians, the emancipation of women, and homosexuality opened up new possibilities for the Femme Dandy. Celebrity cult, ready-made-clothing, and Camp are forming postmodern Dandyism and enable new, productive forms of appearance. Event

Event 01 October 2016, 19:00

Finissage "millionaires can be trans* // you are so brave*" & Screening: "MAJOR!"

To commemorate the ending of our exhibition "millionaires can be trans* // you are so brave*" our curators will show the political biopic "MAJOR!" in english:

"MAJOR!" explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons."


Lecture 09 October 2016, 16:00

Drag in Contemporary Russia

A Discussion with Russia’s most famous Drag Queen, Zaza.

The event is presented by the Russian artist group QUADRAT in cooperation with the Schwules Museum* and MÄNNER Magazine.

In celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the partnership between Moskow and Berlin, Berlin drag star Ikenna Amaechi has invited Moskow drag stars, Zaza Napoli and Aysa Aseeva, to the first German-Russian drag gala in Berlin.

They will perform together at the Wintergarten on October 10th to showcase Russian drag performance, which is popular (as always) despite Putin’s so called “Homo-Propaganda-Laws” of 2013. Today, people can experience Zaza anytime in theaters, clubs, and at open air festivals. Zaza’s club-show was legendary during the Sochi Olympic games, so much so that it was even advertised on television. Was this just a cunning ruse Putin used to divert attention from growing homophobia in the country? Should the public presence of drag performers make the problems of the queer community forgotten?

On Sunday, October 9th at 4pm there will be a discussion in the Schwules Museum* with Zaza herself, where we can attempt to answer these questions and more. Before the discussion, Zaza will view the “Travestie” collection of the Schwules Museum* archive with head of the archive, Wolfgang Cortjaens. Afterwards there will be a discussion where we can explore the connections and differences between drag shows in homophobic postwar Germany under §175 and Putin’s modern day Russia.

Free Entry.



Когда: 9 октября, 16.00

Где: Кафе при Schwules Museum*

Вход свободный

Приглашаем на встречу с российской дрэг-суперстар.

Заза Наполи приезжает в Берлин и придёт в гости к нам в Schwules Museum*! В воскресенье, 9 октября, в 16.00 в кафе при музее состоится встреча с Зазой, где мы будем рады видеть в том числе и русскоговорящую публику. На встрече мы обсудим с Зазой современное состояние дрэг-культуры в России и посмотрим, существуют ли параллели между жизнью дрэг-квин в путинской России и гомофобной послевоенной Германии с её печально знаменитым  параграфом 175. На дискуссию вход свободный.

Заза приезжает в Берлин по приглашению своей берлинской коллеги Икенны Амечи, чтобы совместно отпраздновать 25-летие партнёрства между Германией и Россией на первом российско-немецком дрэг-гала в Берлине. Заза, Икенна и Ася Асеева, также знаменитая российская драг-артистка, выступят вместе 10 октября в Винтергартене.

Встреча и выступление организованы российской арт-группой "Квадрат" совместно с Schwules Museum* и журналом MÄNNER.

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Lecture 13 October 2016, 19:00 - 13 October 2016

„The Jewish Dandy: The Self-Staging of Theodor Herzl“

Was Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, a „Jewish“ dandy? Was he even the type of the vain beau, who was populating the Vienna coffeehouses around 1900? This talk will explore those controversial questions, as well as Herzls auratic authority, which he highlighted with carefully considered clothing in order to effectively stage his speeches in a scene. Event

Lecture 20 October 2016, 19:00 - 20 October 2016

Drag Kings and Dandies... What's the Diff? Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Diane Torr is a performance artist working in dance, drag king performance, installation, film and video. She now lives and works between Glasgow, Berlin, and New York. She is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, Stockholm University of Arts, and Freie Universität Berlin. Diane is best-known internationally as one of the pioneers of “drag king” performance (female-to-male drag) and co-directed and co-curated, together with Berlin artist, Bridge Markland, the godrag! Festival at Tacheles, Berlin, 2002. For over 20 years, Diane has taught her renowned Man-for-a-Day workshop across Europe and North America. She is the co-author of the 2010 book: Sex, Drag and Male Roles; Investigating Gender as Performance.


Lecture 03 November 2016, 19:00 - 03 November 2016

(How to) Dandy digital: Transformation & Dandyesque Self-Representation in Virtual Space

Dandies are commonly identified by their unique sense of fashion, which in turn helps them find their position inside our shared social environment. For many young people, participation in social networks, especially Facebook, is obligatory to ensure their social participation. Are virtual representations of social networks suited to present oneself as a Dandy? An instruction manual.

Alexander Tilger (*1983 in Oldenburg) is an art-educator and works for Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard at the Institute for Art Education at Goethe Universität Frankfurt since 2011. His emphasis is in Game Studies, Fan Studies, and Web 2.0 Studies. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis on Fan Culture: "Communicative Fan Culture Practice as a Membrane Between Haptic and Digital Uniform(-ity)"