An interactive exhibition space

How can personal ideas of beauty be abstracted and translated into exhibitable objects? The students of the Goethegymnasium in Weimar dedicated themselves to this task and conceived their own interactive presentation as part of the exhibition "Winckelmann. Modern Antiquity".


Valerie Stephani

Winckelmann – Bauhaus – Present Day

Pupils of the Goethegymnasium in Weimar were invited to participate in the exhibition "Winckelmann. Modern Antiquity" at the Neues Museum Weimar, developing an interactive communication space in which to present their own objects. Following the method of aesthetic research, they were to find their own questions within the thematic complex of beauty at Winckelmann, the Bauhaus, and contemporary ideas, and to deal with them in a creative work. Taking into account aspects such as abstraction, functionality, standardization, self-optimization or the formulation of new rules, the Bauhaus provided a multitude of unexpected starting points for their work on and with (contemporary) ideas of beauty.

Candy Welz

Goethegymnasiums Weimar
Kerstin Gorke / Teacher responsible for the project

Artistic supervision
Roy Müller / Designer and media architect
Sophia Gröschke und Marit Haferkamp / Cultural communication specialists at Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Oktober 2016 to April 2017
Johannes Siebler / Bauhaus Agent

School pupils as curators

Over a period of several months, a total of 17 works were created, which appeal to visitors and invite them to participate in very different ways: For example, a diary of beauty that guests can continue, an installation in which it is possible to leave behind the beauty of one's thoughts, or the mirror of facial measurement, in front of which you can compare your own face with models of facial measurement from different eras. In addition to the contents of the room, the exhibition architecture and design were developed together with the pupils and installed in the exhibition.

Thus, a separate exhibition structure was created within the overall exhibition structure. The pupils were curators, artists and exhibition technicians in one. Their work on the project gave the pupils a completely new relationship to the museum. The Beauty.Lab is an integral part of the Winckelmann exhibition and its outreach programme, and so benefits all visitors to the exhibition. Video contributions made it possible to reach a wider public via social networks. And last but not least, for the curators involved this project has also opened up the potential lying in collaboration between a museum and schoolchildren.

(JS 2017)

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