Guided Tour 01 May 2017 - 30 June 2017

Guided Tours at the Schwules Museum*

Thursday, June 22nd, 18:00 guided tour Siegfried Wagner (with a curator) in German.

Saturday, June 24th, 16:00 guided tour Change of Scenery 2.1 in German.

Thursday, June 29th, 18:00 guided tour Change of Scenery 2.1 in English.

Sunday, July 2nd, 16:30 guided tour Winckelmann (with a curator) in German.

Thursday, July 6th, 18:00 guided tour Winckelmann in English.

Saturday, July 8th  16:00 guided tour Change of Scenery 2.1 in English.

Thursday, July 13th 18:00 guided tour Winckelmann  in German.

Saturday, July 15th 16:00 guided tour Change of Scenery 2.1  in German.

Saturday, July 22nd 16:00 guided tour Winckelmann in English..

Thursday, July 27th 18:00 guided tour Odarodle (with a curator) in English..

Saturday, July 29th 16:00 guided tour Change of Scenery 2.1 in German.

The tours 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 fuehrungen(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.

News 13 July 2017, 20:00

»Mein wunderbares Westberlin« - Panel

Schwules Museum* will show excerpts of MEIN WUNDERBARES WEST-BERLIN on July 13th 2017 in the presence of the film's director. Following, Jochen Hick, Dr. Birgit Bosold, Dorothée von Diepenbroik, Khary Polk, Naomi No Donath and Karl-Heinz Steinle will discuss work in archives and politics of memory. Admission 8 pm, Begin 8:30 pm.

MEIN WUNDERBARES WEST-BERLIN takes us on a fascinating, gay journey through time: The 50's and 60's with its lively subculture in in the shadow of §175; the 70's, time of social upheavals and pioneering emancipation movement; and the 80's, heavily influenced by the differentiation of queer life, but also by the devastating impact of Aids.

Director Jochen Hick interviews prominent and less prominent protagonists: activists and hedonists, travesty-stars and museum's founders, directors and club-owners, designers and djs. They recount personal and societal struggles, remember secret gazes and ecstatic sex, legendary parties and indignant protests, passionate quarrels and unexpected alliances. With additional never-seen-before material from the archive of Schwules Museum*, a fascinating mirror view of West-Berlin - and its societal heritage - is created.

Admission 8 pm | Screening 8:30 pm | Facebook-Event | Tickets



News 20 July 2017, 18:00

“Keep on Dancing Till The World Ends”

A Manifestation-Parade from Motzstraße 24 (Speisekammer im Eldorado) to Schwules Museum*, Lützowstrasse 73, led by Dusty Whistles.

Starting at the foot of the former legendary “Eldorado,” Dusty Whistles, posthuman drag monolith and queen of the night, will perform an invocation redrawing the lines through the past of our queer ancestry towards our very uncertain futures, drenched in the pregnancy of our temporal becomings. It is a call for strength, a recentering in struggle, and a song of gratitude for those whom we have lost, ending in a parade, prancing through the local “gayborhood,” accompanied by song, poetry, dance, and drag performance. 

Dusty Whistles is a posthuman drag performer and multidisciplinary artist coming from New York. Her drag persona is a living network of relation expressed through a point of multiple intersections of lifeforms and experiences. She has been a resident of Berlin for the last 10 years, participating in the cities political counter culture and artistic communities. She is self taught in her artistic disciplines, and came of age as a drag performer under the care and community fostered by the immortal goddess Olympia Bukkakis. She is the “mother”/founder of Faux Real, Berlin’s first and only drag performance night featuring exclusively the art of women and trans drag performers, and her work has been shown in various drag performance evenings in Berlin’s nightlife. She has also shown her work in Berlin’s artistic institutions, such as the nGbK, Schwules Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Volksbühne Rote Salon, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, and the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben.

Meeting point: Motzstraße 24/at the corner of Kalckreuthstraße

Event in English with German translation.

News 20 July 2017, 19:00 - 22 July 2017

Reconnective Cruising™

At various stages throughout the exhibition, Daniel Bernhard Cremer (aka “GAIABOI” – his ecosexual hippie-persona) will be physically present and on display at the Schwules Museum*. As a live exhibit, his presence aims to demonstrate cultural techniques of “gay cruising” whilst offering the possibility of intimate encounter to any and all visitors of Odarodle. Like an interpreter at an open-air museum or a human specimen in an ethnological exposition, GAIABOI will perform symbolic gestures and forms of social exchange in a manner that claims authenticity as much as it is fictional. His own apparent embodiment – white, cis-male, German, and gay – exaggerates the supposed “subject” of the Schwules Museum* itself, in order to problematize approaches to represent “Otherness.” By emphasizing the set of fictions that maintain the “ethnological gaze” and using the dynamics of“seeing and being seen” playfully, Gaiaboi will not only reproduce “gay cruising” as a sexually ambiguous performance, but also attempt to redefine what intimate exchange between strangers can be and mean – all according to his personal wish to become a “Walking Retreat Center.” 100% Anonymous and Discrete, 100% Unconditional!

Daniel Bernhard Cremer / GAIABOI (1983, Mönchengladbach, West Germany) works as an author, performer, and director. As a director, he co-created collectively written plays and participatory projects by and for children. After creating a series of performative simulations under the title TALKING STRAIGHT from 2010 - 2014, Daniel was a founding member of the eponymous theatre group and worked with TALKING STRAIGHT until 2016, performing at Studio R / Maxim-Gorki- Theater, Theater Neumarkt Zürich, Theater im Bauturm in Cologne and at the Münchner Kammerspiele. Solo-performances have been shown at Theater Bremen, Theater Basel, Berlinische Galerie, Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst Bremen and nGbK Berlin (Christopher Street Denial, 2014). As part of his interest in new ways of relating to sexual pleasure and intimacy, Daniel belongs to the ecosexual movement, a current in contemporary art and sexuality that sees the Earth neither as enemy nor as mother but as a lover. A recent collaboration with the artist-activist couple Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens took place at documenta 14 in Kassel, where he performed in and co-directed the “Ecosexual Walking Tour” and gave free sex advice in the performance “Sidewalk Sex Clinic.” His upcoming soloshow, “Born to make you happy” will premiere on September 16th at Mousonturm in Frankfurt (Main) as part of the Musikfest Frankfurt.

20.07. 19:00-End; 21.07.2017 14-18 Uhr; 22.07.2017 14-19 Uhr; 

News 21 July 2017, 18:00

»The Five Ages« Performance by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

A floral archaeology that explores the symbolic relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of a queer aesthetics. The work is primarily inspired by postcard images from the “Weissbierstube” in the former Berlin Museum – venue for the 1984 “Eldorado” exhibition. The Weissbierstube was legendary for its Sunday brunch buffet and a meeting point for local West Berlin gay and lesbian activists, artists, and academics. Postcards depict a buffet spread with lavish flower bouquets as decoration. The artist has drawn on these images – and the flowers they show – to develop the piece.

He selects five flowers to symbolize five distinct moments in the history of El Dorado, referencing both its incarnation as nightclub and exhibition, as well as its general application as a legendary, faraway site of utopian longing. The flowers stand in a ceramic vase designed specially for them by the artist. The vase provides each flower with its own distinct opening, while arranging the flowers to interact contrapuntally, creating a bouquet of colliding and overlapping temporalities. A guided tour accompanies the artwork, in which the artist recounts the history of the five ages while preparing and arranging the flowers in the vase.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Montreal, 1973) is an artist and diarist. His artistic gestures in sound, video and text contemplate the history of song and the gender of voices, the rendering of love and emotion into language, and the resurrection and manipulation of voices – sung, spoken or screamed. In his work you will find bells, bouquets, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors and sirens. Nemerofsky’s work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and throughout Europe. His work is in the permanent collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Thielska Galleriet Stockholm and the National Gallery of Canada. He is a PhD Candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art. 

The event will be in English and German language.


Photo Credits: Weissbierstube Berlin Museum, Lindenstraße 14

News 25 July 2017, 20:00

Babyhay (takesallday)

Taking place as a durational party-performance in the site of original “Eldorado” cabaret – today a gay fetish club – Babyhay appears as the spirit of queer Berlin's past and future in drag. From her bed in the darkroom cellar of Mutschmann's, Babyhay projects her image into the dense void of online space. Her content, aims, and identity are purposefully unclear, and yet, her only constant is that she ceaselessly looks back at us. She lives in a simulated world where everything appears to be comfortable, all is easy access, and with this laissez-faire attitude – the dreamland of the Internet – tries to create an atmosphere that lures and lulls us into hypnosis. She is only able to look at us because we are looking at her: the performance is broadcasted live onto Facebook and Instagram, two of the most widely used social media platforms. She attacks you from anywhere you may be, taking possession of your screen – is she cute or is she annoying, is this comfortable or is this uncanny? Who is she, no, what is she, is she even a “she”? The constant self-recording, self-exposing, the accumulating selfie-tyranny that pollutes all feeds, all streams, all lines of communication is made possible by the long duration of the performance as well as the use of multiple devices, from computers to smart phones to tablets. The event is open to the public on site, as well as viewable online, and will be accompanied by live DJ sets, drinks, and audience participation.

Mutschmanns: – legendary transvestite bar, and also the site of the gay disco Querelle and, before its transformation into Mutschmanns, Cafe Connection. The venue has been a gay establishment since 1926, a sign of the various times and attitudes that have come to shape nightlife and celebration cultures. Babyhay addresses this history but also performs the mutability of bodies as images on display, mediated by the Internet, smart phones, and social media.

António Onio (1989) studied dance at SNDO, School for New Dance Development, in Amsterdam. From 2011 António started developing his own works as well as works in collaboration with Miguel Pereira, Tian Rotteveel, Igor Dobricic, Diego Gil, Tiago Guedes and others. In 2013 he received the DanceWeb Scholarship in Vienna, Austria. Since 2010 the main focus of his artistic approach has concentrated on the fine barriers between the private and the personal as well as the body as a tool. His practice specifically engages with queer thematics, questioning roles of the self within western society, the persistence of homophobia and patriarchy, as well as relentlessly promoting vulnerability, softness and suppleness as weapons to fight the system that entraps us everyday so fast.

This event will be in English (no translation).

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

News 30 July 2017, 18:30

Lesbisches Gedenken in der Diskussion

Die "Gedenkkugel", das von der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten bislang nicht genehmigte Gedenkzeichen für lesbische Frauen in Ravensbrück, kommt ins Schwule Museum*.
Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit der Initiative „Autonome feministische FrauenLesben aus Deutschland und Österreich“

Für die Initiative spricht Wiebke Haß. Vortrag von Corinna Tomberger, FU Berlin: Die Ordnung des Gedenkens. Soziale Ein- und Ausschlüsse in der Erinnerungskultur.

Im Anschluss Diskussion und Enthüllung der Gedenkkugel in den Ausstellungsräumen des Schwulen Museums*.

Photo Credits: Agnes Witte

Veranstaltung auf Deutsch.

Lesung 17 September 2017, 18:30

Book Release Event: In the Province of the Gods

On 17 September, 6.30 pm, we will host a book release event with Kenny Fries, in combination with his new memoir In the Province of the Gods. Some will remember Kenny Fries from his interview that was part of the exhibition Homosexualität_en.

His new book he embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

Kenny Fries will present the book personally in our museum and discuss  with the audience, after a reading of selected passages.

Fries is the author of Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoes and the Evo­lution of Darwin’s Theory. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and is the recipient of a presti­gious Creative Capital grant.