Guided Tours in September & October 2017 > more
The artistic research exhibition Odarodle – an imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017 casts, for the first time, a postcolonial perspective on the collection and history of the Schwules Museum*. The exhibition proposes a thought-exercise: that there are problematic associations between the museum representation of homosexualities and the ethnological display formats developed over the course of European colonialism. Odarodle presents the work of 16 artists, mostly Berlin-based, including 10 newly commissioned pieces. These contemporary positions respond to the Museum, its archive, and its practices as both research material and aesthetic medium. > more
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...> more
“I need a change of scenery, said the birch tree,” sang Hildegard Knef (Neff) 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 a whitewash, it is a drastic change, nonetheless only giving a new background for the existing inventory. A tool of interpretation, a different view, not only in everyday life, but also in terms of identity, theories and...> more
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...> more
This special exhibition will present 14 nominated pictures from this year’s MOREPIXX competition.
The competition was held during the winter 2016/17; professional and amateur photographers from around the world were invited to submit their best gay fetish photos. Over 100 works were received. From these, a jury - made up of international personalities from the gay fetish community - chose the best pictures.
After that an internet voting in January 2017 selected the 14 most popular photos. The...> more
For 30 years, the Schwules Museum* has been battling to make non-conformative sexualities and gender identities visible and accepted. With 30,000 annual visitors, 80 people working for us (many of them volunteers), with internationally acclaimed exhibitions and important archive materials, we are one of the most important institutions in the world for preserving and exhibiting the cultural heritage of LGBTI* movements.
The board of directors of the Schwules Museum* is proposing Ebru Kırancı for...> more
Das Objekt des Monats September zeigt das Symbol der Ja-Kampagne für weltweit erste Volksabstimmung über die Einführung eines Gesetzes für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare, 2005 im Kanton Zürich: ein orangefarbenes "&"-Zeichen. In den Monaten vor dem Abstimmungssonntag war es fast omnipräsent und alle wussten, auch ohne Textzusatz, was damit gemeint war. Dies war ein deutlicher Vorteil gegenüber der Nein-Kampagne, die mit den üblichen altbackenen Stereotypen versuchte, das Gesetz zu verhindern. > more
The guardians of the German language have recently added the word “queer” to the Duden edition 2017, the equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary. The word now officially describes a person whose “gender identity differs from the mainstream heterosexual norm in society.” Such difference and the possibility to offer safe spaces for such queer groups have been used by various cities as a “sign of quality” and PR tool. In 1993 a newspaper called Queer (“trade journal for subculture”) started in...> more
Schwules Museum Berlin will host Difficult Thoughts / Schwierige Gedanken - a lecture by A. L. Steiner on October 25:
Humans are committing omnicide, or total extinction of our species. Prosthelytized globally via Western notions of extraction, exploitation and finance crapital, the very same institutions that have wreaked this havoc try to convince us daily that they will resolve this myriad of current irresolvable human conditions.
These institutions have instilled the annihilating mechanisms...
Special exhibition for the 75th birthday of Martin Dannecker. Curated by Patsy l’Amour laLove.
Gay, intellectual and militant – the sexologist and gay activist Martin Dannecker is a homosexual man of a new type. Wearing his flamboyant vinyl coat he joined the student movement in the 1960s, shook the gays out of their sleep in 1971 together with Rosa von Praunheim and caused an ongoing discussion about homosexuality in cooperation with Reimut Reiche in 1974.
„Faszination Sex“ accompanies the...> more
Exhibition opening on 16th November at 19.00.
Urinals have always had a bad reputation. For some years now, French photographer Marc Martin has been exploring the history and the stories of public toilets, from Paris to Berlin.
In these shrines, hijacked by men who have sex with men for generations, countless relationships and friendships have been forged, furtively, intensely, unexpectedly. This re-purposing of public toilets will have left many more traces in the archives of vice squads...> more
Curated by Wolfgang Theis
The inside of a Moroccan house: seated in the middle of the yard is Charles W. Leslie, his German shepherd dog “Joy” stretched out at his feet. They are surrounded by opulent vegetation; there are plants and vases with flowers everywhere. Pure exotism, including a fountain. If you look closely, you will notice that the water the fountain spurts is a fantasia of men fucking. Actually, there are men everywhere in this “House of Joy.” They are incorporated into the...> more