After seven months the Schwules Museum Berlin is finally reopening. Three new exhibitions will be on display from May 27th, 2021. You can book tickets for timeslots on the museum’s website.
The library and the archive remain temporarily closed while we work out concepts in accordance to the current official Covid-19 rules and regulations. At the same time, we are able to expand the opening hours of our exhibitions: On weekdays, the museum will now open at 12 am; on weekends, we will continue to open at 2 pm. “We are excited to finally come into action again”, says Ben Miller, member of the board of directors. “The Schwules Museum is an important queer space and meeting point in Berlin. We would like to keep it as such – especially in a time, where so many spaces and institutions of our community are threatened by gentrification and eviction.”
The guests of the SMU will be able to visit three new exhibitions, which – until now – were only accessible online. In the art exhibition “Intimacy – New Queer Art from Berlin and Beyond”, curators Peter Rehberg and Apostolos Lampropoulos present multimedia artworks by over 30 international artists. They all negotiate queer intimacy from their very own, personal perspective – from ecstasy on the dancefloor to adventures in the darkroom or devotion in a polyamorous relationship. The exhibition not only conjures the memories of pre-pandemic times, but also helps envisioning a time after the crisis. Featured artists are, among others, Kerstin Drechsel, Florian Hetz, AA Bronson, Annie Leibovitz, Zanele Muholi, Roey Victoria Heifetz, Doron Langberg, and Vika Kirchenbauer.
East German queer history is shown in the exhibition “Rosarot in Ost-Berlin”. Guests will explore the multifaceted subculture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans* people in East Berlin before the Reunification. The exhibition, which is curated by Lotte Thaa and Birga Meyer, displays spaces and locations this subculture fought for since the 1970s. It presents the activists’ motivations to act and fight – and debates how their fights changed after 1989/90.
The brand new exhibition “lonely hearts” presents artist Irène Mélix’s research on lesbian and queer identity, which she conducts on the basis of hundreds of lonely hearts advertisements. Here, the stories of like-minded people across time and space are visible and audible – in audio pieces, textual archives, or the remake of historical photographs. The exhibition was curated by Vincent Schier.
Foto: „Intimacy”. Credit: Ralf Rühmeier / SMU