In our series “6 questions to…” we regularly present you a colleague of the DDR Museum or the DDR Restaurant Domklause. This time I spoke with Robert Rückel, Managing Director & Curator of the DDR Museum.
What are you doing here in the museum?
In actual fact the same like all here: I’ll make sure, that the DDR Museum today, tomorrow and in the future stays a beautiful museum and one which will be accepted by the visitors. To this belong not only the conceiving of new exhibitions, the development of ideas and projects or the networking with partners, but also I often look up, why the Trabi doesn’t start or pick up trash, which a colleague of the valet service overlooked. And of course, mostly I’m sitting at the desk; dealing with personnel, finance or marketing planning.
When could one see you?
I think I’m beside Marcel Gassner the person in the house, who is actually to all possible and impossible times in the museum: it could be Friday at 1.30am because of a disturbed burglar alarm system just as the whole night because of the construction of a new installation or on Sunday afternoon with my children. But, the best chance to see me; you have during “normal” office hours - if I'm not exactly in an appointment.
And where one sees you?
Mostly in this order: In the morning in the office, then in the exhibition, then again in the office, at midday in the Domklause, then again in the office and before the closing time again in the exhibition.
What’s your favorite dish in the Domklause and why?
I have to admit, that I meanwhile pounce on the dish of the day – all the other dishes I ate so often…from the normal menu “Falscher Hase” is my favorite dish – besides the staggering apple rings!
What’s your favorite GDR- hit, in which you sing along?
Of course: Nina Lizell with the „Mann mit dem Panamahut“! Just in memories of our first “Lange Nacht der Museen” in 2006, as DJ Albi played the song about a dozen times and the visitors (and the colleagues) danced.
If you could take something out of the DDR-Museum, what would it be?
I take every day something home: A lot of work;-) My favorite object in the exhibition is the lack diary: No statistic may represent the supply situation so incisive like this object. But, of course, I never would take it with me!
(Translation: Valerie Holbein)