ALL HANDS ON: Basketry
Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin, DE
24.05.2022 – 26.05.2024

ALL HANDS ON: Basketry<br>Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin, DE<br>24.05.2022 – 26.05.2024
Hood basket (detail), Königsberg, East Prussia, c. 1820 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Basketry is a cultural technique that is thousands of years old, practised worldwide, regionally distinctive and still a handicraft in the truest sense of the word. Humans alone have mastered the complex weaving method, with no machine capable of replacing their artisanship. The exhibition focuses on this fascinating skill and reveals the interconnections between historically evolved knowledge and modern innovations.

The exhibition’s four sections – People, Protection, Material and Patterns – offer visitors the chance to discover numerous woven everyday objects from across Europe stemming from the Museum Europäischer Kulture (MEK, Museum of European Cultures) collection. A walk-in sculptural installation by artist Olaf Holzapfel and other international contemporary art and design works using various weaving techniques offer additional perspectives on the artisanal tradition.

The different topics are linked via multiple interactive stations that allow museum visitors to tactically experience the intangible cultural heritage contained in woven objects. Therefore – ALL HANDS ON: Basketry!

A special exhibition by the MEK – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), the European Ethnology programme at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the European Media Studies programmes at the University of Potsdam and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and the Gartenarbeitsschule Steglitz-Zehlendorf.
More information:

View of the exhibition “ALL HANDS ON: Basketry“ © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / David von Becker

The Woven Garden, Olaf Holzapfel, 2022 © Jens Ziehe

Fertility, Serbia, before 1936 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Interactive station “Weaving means deciding!“, 2021 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Arnimallee 25
14195 Berlin

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