News 09 December 2016 - 01 May 2017

Change of Scenery 2.0: Rock Hudson and the AIDS Crisis

“I need a change of scenery, said the birch tree,” sang Hildegard Knef once, and henceforth started writing her own lyrics. Even in everyday life one speaks about a “change of scenery,” if the situation is to be changed fundamentally. A change of scenery is more than just applying a new coat of paint. It is a drastic change that provides a new backdrop for the existing fixtures: an aid in interpretation, another view, not only in everyday life, but also the questions of self-discovery, theories,...

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News 17 January 2017, 16:00

New Research Trainee: Carina Klugbauer

Wir freuen uns sehr mit Carina Klugbauer, Jahrgang 1988, unsere neue wissenschaftliche Volontärin in unserer einzigartigen Institution begrüßen zu dürfen!

Carina Klugbauer studierte Politikwissenschaft und Soziologie an der LMU München und der Thammasat University Bangkok sowie Politische Theorie an der Goethe Universität Frankfurt a. M. und Gender Studies an der CEU Budapest. Daneben arbeitete sie als Redakteurin für die Zeitschriften diskus und Das Argument, engagierte sich bildungspolitisch...

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News 17 January 2017, 16:20

New PR intern: Lara Schultz

I’m Lara, the new intern at Schwules Museum in the public relations and press department for the next three months. Here I’m going to support the team with Instagram and Facebook issues and do the research for our weekly #tbt in the archive – very thrilling! This means that we look back every Thursday to present an especially interesting piece of art we had in the Museum in the past with its history. My major is sociology and linguistics and I just spent four months studying in China, now I’m...

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Exhibition 02 March 2017 - 29 May 2017

ğ – queer forms migrate

ğ - the soft g - is a multidisciplinary art project featuring mostly Berlin-based artists and cooperation partners, that will take place in spring 2017 at the Schwules Museum*. The focus of this exhibition project is to explore the transcultural exchange of LGBTIQ* people between Berlin and Istanbul, or rather Turkey and Germany – as artistic migration does not only move in one direction. > more

News 06 September 2016

More Diversity at The Schwules Museum*: Introducing a Generation and Perspective Change

At the members meeting on September 6th 2016, The Schwules Museum* elected a new board of directors. The board was expanded from five to eight people, plus a coopted position, which will serve for two years instead of just one, as was previously the case. Dr. Birgit Bosold (Finance and Exhibitions), Dr. Kevin Clarke (Exhibitions, Events, and Press), and Jan-Claus Müller (Personnel & Volunteer Support) were reelected to the board and will continue serving in their previous positions. In addition...

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Exhibition 17 February 2017 - 26 June 2017

Siegfried Wagner: Bayreuth’s 'Fairy' Crown Prince

17 February 2017 – 26 June 2017, Opening Night February 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

The story of the Wagner clan – with all their violations of conventional morals, intrigues, scandals, and power-struggles surrounding Bayreuth – has kept the German public spellbound for over 150 years. The "Green Hill" and the festival held there annually since 1951 are regarded, by many, as the "Pantheon of the German People," a national shrine and cultural asset of the highest order.

Composer Richard Wagner...

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Exhibition 17 March 2017 - 05 June 2017

The Lightest Shade of Aflatoon

With the exhibition The Lightest Shade of Aflatoon for the first time Schwules Museum* focusses on the perspective of queer refugees. The exhibition is part of the project “What´s Your Story?” supported by Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung Berlin in cooperation with the Queere Unterkunft Treptow (Queer Shelter Treptow) and Jugend im Museum e. V. (Youth at the Museum). > more

News 29 August 2016

From the Archive… - The “Hate Crime” File is now catalogued!

Julia Wigger, who recently completed her Masters degree in Public History at the Freie Üniversitat Berlin, has worked with the Schwules Museum* for nearly three years. Working as a volunteer since 2013, Julia has helped to develop an important part of the inventory of the SMU* Archive, which is now in a preliminary form, in order to be enabled for future use. The archival file relating to “Hate Crimes” (formerly entitled “Justice”) contains several thousand occurrences of “violence against...

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News 20 April 2017, 20:00

Thomas Mann’s „The Holy Sinner“ – as a critical analysis of heteronormativity

The medieval court romance Gregorius by Hartmann von Aue, that tells the story of the protagonist wrapped up in a double incest, can hardly be read other than in a psycho-analytical way in the middle of the 20th century. This is exactly what Thomas Mann did in the Gregorius adaptation Der Erwählte [The Chosen], published in English as The Holy Sinner.

In his lecture, Benedikt Wolf tries to reconstruct this path of the narrative based in central psychoanalytical terms such as castration...

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Preview 30 April 2017, 16:00 - 30 April 2017

Special Gallery Weekend

Special Gallery Weekend will consist of a talk and a workshop:

TALK: "'Tragedy of a Beardless Boy': Selected Chapters with Gökcan Demirkazık" 3 pm - Schwules Museum*

"Tragedy of a Beardless Boy": Selected Chapters ah you are a joker have you never put on hamlet to be or not to be is the real question my cheeks are yul bryner would you like a boxwood comb (from Arkadaş Z. Özger's "Tragedy of a Beardless Boy")"

Tragedy of a Beardless Boy" is the title of a poem by the socialist queer poet...

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Preview 04 May 2017, 18:30

Discussion with Barrie Kosky: A Queer Approach to Wagner

This summer the artistic director of the Komische Oper Berlin, Barrie Kosky, will present his first production at Bayreuth – as a self-declared “gay jewish kangaroo.” As always, he will approach the work Wagner from a queer perspective. But what exactly is this queer perspective? And how does a gay Aussie experience the orgiastic and overpowering music of Richard Wagner? Kosky himself describes his relationship to Wagner as “It’s complicated”. He shares this complicated relationship with many...

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Preview 05 May 2017, 19:00 - 05 May 2017

Performance: Mirrors of Gnosis with Michael Daoud

Life is too short and fabulous to sit around feeling sorry for the person we actually aren't. I have slowly found my mentors along my journey. These people inspire me to live by my own expectation and to never mold myself around what others want. When one realize that no person who walks this earth is perfect, we find the power to accept ourself. We naturally become adaptive and free to live the most exceptional life.

When we realize our own worth, we will look back and realize the path that took...

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Preview 25 May 2017, 18:30

Die Verschwörung der Opernschwulen. Oder: Homophobie im internationalen Opernbetrieb. Eine Podiumsdiskussion

Man könnte meinen, das Thema Homosexualität in der Opernwelt sei heute kein Problem mehr – aber weit gefehlt. Erst im September 2016 schilderte die Kritikerin Eleonore Büning in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, dass „auffallend viele Schwule Oper toll“ fänden, aber dass ihre Begeisterung so „wahnsinnig anstrengend“ sei. Mehr noch: Die Opernschwulen würden sich neuerdings auch als politische Gruppe zusammenrotten, um Künstler_innen wie der georgischen Sopranistin Tamar Iveri das Berufsleben...

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Preview 16 June 2017 - 09 October 2017

Winckelmann – The Divine Sex

An exhibition commemorating the 300th Birthday of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768). Curated by Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens.

Exhibition Opening on June 15th at 7 pm.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (Birth in Stendal in 1717, death in 1768 in Triest, Italy) is heralded as the founder of modern archaeology and art. His multivolume work, History of Ancient Art (1764), was an international bestseller and translated into several languages. Today it is still regarded as the basis and standard work of art...

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News 03 March 2017

ğ – kuir formların göçü

ğ - yumuşak g - çoğunlukla Berlin merkezli sanatçı ve çalışma ortaklarıyla gerçekleştirilecek ve 2017 baharında Schwules Museum*’da görülebilecek multidisipliner bir sanat projesidir. Berlin-İstanbul ya da Türkiye-Almanya hattında LGBTİQ* bireylerin transkültürel etkileşimlerini kavramak bu sergi projesinin odak noktasıdır; nitekim sanatsal göç tek yöne hareket etmez.

Proje, Türkiye’den gelen kuir-göçmen bireylerin hayat deneyimleriyle, ve özellikle bu deneyimleri konu edinen sanatsal...

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