23 November 2018
  |   Until:  
19 Mai 2019

Berlin 18/19

The Long Life of the November Revolution

November 2018 marks the beginning of a special exhibition at the Märkisches Museum devoted to the November Revolution in Berlin and the repercussions which are visible to the present day.

After the fall of the German Empire, a modern democracy began to emerge in Berlin between autumn 1918 and spring 1919. 100 years later, the Märkisches Museum embarks on a voyage of discovery into the revolutionary capital city of the fledgling republic.

Barricades at the corner Rungestraße / Köllnischer Park, 5 – 19 March 1919 © Stadtmuseum Berlin | unknown photographer

Background and Repercussions

What happened after the 9th of November 1918 in Berlin? What did the everyday life like for Berliners during the revolution? What led up to the January Uprising of 1919, and how did entire city districts become war zones in March of the same year? This special exhibition shows metropolitan life during the revolutionary period and sheds light on the factors that led to escalating violence.

For more than 100 years, the idealisation and demonisations of this dramatic period served as a an artistic motif as well as a political weapon and instrument of legitimation. With fascinating historical objects, the Stadtmuseum Berlin presents a surprising, multimedia take on the long life of the November Revolution.

Revolution and Protest in the Present

In the Studio Revolution, young people grapple with their perspectives on revolution and protest in the present. Working together with artists and museum specialists, they have become junior curators, examining the causes and effects of social upheaval and creating contributions they present in the context of the special exhibition.

Journalist's view:

"A brilliant exhibition …" (Kate Connolly, foreign correspondent for the Guardian and Observer)

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