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