LEM / NEMO Study Visit Hamburg

LEM / NEMO study visit Hamburg

LEM / NEMO study visit Hamburg

I participated in the NEMO – LEM study visit in Hamburg

 29 May 2015


1 Margherita Sani Istituto Beni Culturali Italy
2 Mira Höschler German Museums Association Germany
3 Alessandra Falconi Centro Zaffiria Italy
4 Paolo Mazzanti MICC – Media Integration and Communication Center, University of Florence Italy
5 Francesca Piccinini Musei Civici Modena Italy
6 Emanuela Gilli Museo Montebelluna Italy
7 Sinead Rice National Gallery of Ireland U.K./Ireland
8 Sarah-Jane Harknett Fitzwilliam Museum/ University of Cambridge Museums U.K.
9 Lorena Bushell Fitzwilliam Museum/ University of Cambridge Museums U.K.
10 Anahit Minassyan DVV Armenia Armenia
11 Victoria Hollows Glasgow Museums U.K./Scotland


  Report of Study visit of LEM Working Group in Hamburg, Germany (Mira Höschler German Museums Association Germany)  At 9.30 am the group of 11 participants from Italy, Germany, UK, Ireland and Armenia was welcomed in Hamburger Kunsthalle (www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/index.php/home_en.html) by Vera Neukirchen, Museumsdienst Hamburg and Wybke Wiechell, Head of Education in the Kunsthalle. In the museums a two year refurbishment is going on and Wybke informed the group of how the Kunsthalle deals with the closure (2/3) of the museum. Instead of 14 (!) temporary exhibitions, “only” 5 are taking place per year during this period. Wybke gave an overview over visits (400.000 per year) and people joining the educational programs (60.000 per year). Although the entrance is free for children till the age of 18, the LEM group is surprised by the high fees that are charged for entry, tours and educational program. They wondered how to get people from deprived areas into the museum. Vera and Wybke admitted that community engagement is a big challenge for a lot of the museums in Hamburg. School classes from deprived areas hardly come to Kunsthalle, because of high fees for public transportation. Wybke’s challenges as Head of Education at the moment are the renovation of the house combined with a rethinking of the (future) programs, new projects with special target groups such as people with disabilities, people with dementia and preschool-projects. After the introduction the group got a guided tour through the permanent exhibition with the freelancer Anja Ellenberger. The tour ended in the children’s space of the museum.  After a quick lunch break in the CUBE of Kunsthalle, all participants headed of to Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (www.mkg-hamburg.de/en/) where Silke Oldenburg, Head of Education and Marketing welcomes the group! We started with a tour with freelancer Julia Eckhardt and Silke to get an idea of the (huge!) museum’s collection. The group was impressed by the variety of collection fields; the way exhibits where displaced and how the museum, especially Silke Oldenburg, tried to interact with the audiences in the different exhibitions. On the way to the temporary exhibition “fast fashion”, the group got lost in other great show spaces about Design, the impressive Art Nouveau collection, exhibitions about Islamic art and one about Tattoos…after all there is more than 10.000 m2 of exhibition space to discover! Finally the participants reach the touching exhibitions “fast fashion”, the first one in Europe that deals with the big problems of the fashion industry, based on the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013. www.fastfashion-dieausstellung.de/en/ and www.mkg-hamburg.de/en/exhibitions/current/fast-fashion.html  The third and last stop of the day is the Hamburg Museum (www.hamburgmuseum.de/en) that deals with the history of the city of Hamburg. Finally we got the eagerly awaiting coffee and typical German Brezel. Vera introduces briefly the work of the Museumsdienst Hamburg. The Museum Service is the central visitor service for 22 museums in Hamburg and coordinates their educational programs. Mareike Ballerstedt, Head of Education in Hamburg Museum, then introduced the history and challenges of the house. 1-2 temporary exhibitions are taking place per year, the museum counts around 120.000-160.000 visitors per year with around 25 % school classes. The introduction was followed by an interesting tour through the permanent exhibition of the museum that is is devoted to Hamburg‘s vibrant history from the city’s beginnings in the small 9th century settlement Hammaburg until today.  At the end of the long day, the LEM Working Group concluded the study visit with an evaluation and a short discussion of the next WG steps (next study visit and group meeting in Pilsen, Nov.2015). In the evening we had great Hamburg Food in Oberhafenkantine. During dinner we talked about the incredible impressions of the day. Thanks to all people involved in the LEM study visit!  SEE MORE DROPBOX PHOTOS HERE      

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