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Exhibition news | January 17th, 2017

As a curator, I would like to give you some insights into the bathroom of our museum’s Plattenbau apartment today. The bathroom used to be installed into the newly built apartment as a complete single unit and consisted of only a few square meters. The bathroom in our exhibition also manages to create this quite cramped atmosphere of the so-called “Nasszelle” (East-German phrase for wet room) – despite the fact that only its width (length of a bathtub) is authentic; the length of the room was adjusted to the high numbers of guests visiting our museum every day.

The bathroom – part 1: The perspective of the curator - Bild1

Exhibition news | December 14th, 2016

When we decided to portray the private life in the DDR in the form of a newly built flat of the WBS 70 type it was soon obvious that we wanted to add some sort of haven outside of the 4 Plattenbau walls.

The Garage in our exhibition – part 1: The idea - Bild 1

Exhibition news | November 2nd, 2016

Welcome to our new blog series, in which we will introduce each room of our new permanent exhibition for an entire month. Once a week, different staff members who took part in the creation of the exhibition will approach the rooms from their specific professional points of view. In September we have already been talking about the kitchen, in October the focus was on the living room. In November we will be talking about the children’s room which is part of our WBS 70 Plattenbau apartment.

The children’s bedroom – part 1: Memories, Bruce Springsteen and a space ship - Bild 1

Exhibition news | October 5th, 2016

A warm welcome to our new blog series in which we will present a room of our new exhibition part for an entire month. Once a week, staff members who have been involved in the creation of the exhibition will look at the different rooms from their very own professional perspective. The kitchen was the main topic in September; the October will focus on the living room of the WBS 70 apartment which you can visit at the DDR Museum since September.

The living room – part 1: A first impression - Bild1

Exhibition news | September 28th, 2016

After the kitchen has been looked at from many different perspectives, today I, the curator, have the opportunity to tell you something about the content of that room. Of course this cannot replace the individual experience of the exhibition itself– however, I would like to make you a little curious about the topics diet, consumation and the role of women in the DDR (German abbreviation for German Democratic Republic). When you enter the kitchen, at first glance it looks like a regular kitchen in the DDR of the 1980s. The tapestry and the decoration of the room, however, are already telling something about everyday life in the DDR. The uniform way of construction of the Plattenbau along with its uniform floor plans as well as the limited variety of furniture only left little room for individual furnishing of the apartment. The functionally designed furniture mostly had a plain design, and a white kitchen quickly seemed rather sterile. In order to give one’s home a certain degree of individuality and to create a cozy atmosphere within the rooms, all sorts of rustic kitsch were highly popular. Old clay jugs, brass pans or colorful dish towels used to decorate the kitchen; just like they do in our museum’s kitchen. The tapestry is another example for this rustic style. Tiles were typically hard to come by; once you were lucky enough to lay your hands on a small amount of tiles it was far from enough to tile your entire kitchen or bathroom walls. A tapestry, on the contrary, made this possible!

The kitchen – part three: The perspective of the curator - Bild 1

Exhibition news | September 7th, 2016

Finally, the time had come during the Long Night of the Museums on August 27th, 2016: The DDR Museum opened the doors to the new exhibition part which had been developed and planned for the past 1 ½ years.

Everyday life in the Plattenbau – new exhibition part at the DDR Museum - Bild1

Exhibition news | August 24th, 2016

Last Friday, August 19th 2016, a press conference took place at the DDR Museum on behalf of the opening of the new permanent exhibition on August 27th 2016, in the context of the Lange Nacht der Museen in Berlin. The long period of preparation is now almost over and we are looking forward to show even more of a hands-on experience of history on additional 270m²!

Press conference for the opening of the new exhibition „Everyday life in the Plattenbau” - Bild 1

Exhibition news | January 28th, 2015

As Lothar Schubert in December 1984 wrote the rules of a new game, he didn’t guess yet, that his work would be published first 30 years later. Now everybody can play it on his smartphone or in the DDR Museum.

Ligato – Play history in the DDR Museum - Bild1

Exhibition news | January 2nd, 2014

When archeologists in a thousand years will find remains of a wall unit they can assign the find immediately. Maybe they will refer to the wall unit culture, how we refer to the Funnel Beaker Culture or the Corded Ware, of which we don’t know more than the earthenware.

The wall unit “Carat” in the DDR Museum  - Bild1

Exhibition news | December 17th, 2013

Now he is finally here, our Simson KR (KleinRoller=small scooter) 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), Year 1979. Actually he is a “she”: the “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), because nobody used the designation Simson KR 51/1. For a long time she stands with a structurally identical sister in our museum depot in order to make her way in the exhibition in the Christmas season. In the DDR Museum she now stands on a befitting podium.

Cult vehicle posthumously – the small scooter Simson KR 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”) - Bild1

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