The best of Berlin exbitions

I recently visited the DDR museum and the Jewish museum, the use of interaction within the exhibits really stood out.

The DDR museum

This had a very hands on approach, to start with many items were in draws or cupboards reflecting were they might of been originally stored. There was many things that could be touched (a typical exhibition has do not touch signs everywhere) including a car that you could sit inside.


The museum contains the inside of a replica flat with living-room, kitchen and bathroom, designed in original 70´s style complete with working tv showing footage from the era. Also there was an area with cinema seats playing a vidoe from the late 70’s about housing really emphasizing what great work the DDR were doing, with interviews from the general public and school children who didn’t seem quiet as sure!

Mostly the variety of how information was presented kept the exhibition exciting, however it was quite cramped and small so it was hard to experience some exhibitions.

The Jewish museum


The interaction between the visitor and the space is really interesting as the building and interior is so unusual. After going through the entrance you descend into an underground passageway. This links the Old Building with the Libeskind Building. “The path system made up of three axes symbolizing three realities in the history of German Jews…All three of the underground axes intersect, symbolizing the connection between the three realities of Jewish life in Germany.”

The above photo (although not sharp) looks as if it has been distorted as the sharp angles of the walls against the inclined floor and straight lights creates a uncomfortable feeling. It makes the viewer unsure of where to go, and to increase this one of the paths leads to a dead end.


These are other photo’s I took of the museum, the first being inside The Garden of Exile. “The whole garden is on a 12° gradient and disorientates visitors, giving them a sense of the total instability and lack of orientation experienced by those driven out of Germany.”

The next from the outside “Russian olive grows on top of the pillars symbolizing hope.”

The middle two are of the Sackler Staircase it continues with the disorientated feeling as concrete blocks run at odd angles above the staircase, also at the top the stairs go into the wall.

The last is of a room where you can look at images and listen to story’s of ‘Jewish childhood and youth in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland since 1945’.

Interaction with exhibits include: blowing across a computer screen to reveal text, walking next to a wall with headphones: move and you hear excerpts, typing in you name and the Islamic translation is given and small areas for children to climb into and watch a video clip.


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