Exhibition - The colours of Berlin
For some months, our reflexions focused on the conception of a temporary exhibition about the colours of Berlin. This exhibition will be presented in a multidisciplinary exhibition space.
If one tends to have quite a grey and drab image of Berlin, the German capital city represents however a favourable place to appreciate colours. Cultivating its cosmopolitan identity for centuries, Berlin constitutes a migratory and cultural crossing point of Europe, gathering various influences. If the city has its proper chromatic characteristics, it is also the result of a melting pot which widely overpasses its borders.
Composing an exhibition about the colours of Berlin suggests to study in parallel the presence of colours in the city and the ways that led them until here. This theme corresponds to the will to set a multidisciplinary exhibition allowing to expose different facettes of colours in their relations to humans, in this specific urban frame.
In this exhibition, we will show to what extent the heritage of European cultures such as their contemporary influence are present through the colours of Berlin. The red thread will start from the natural colours of Berlin around blue and green, but also including the lack of light in Winter - without light, colours are fading. With 40% of green spaces and the surrounding of canals, lakes and the river Spree, the importance of nature in Berlin is visible through the whole city, often mixing urban and country landscapes.
The visitors will then be brought to the colours constituting the official, political and symbolical identity of the city from its fundation. The evolution of flags and uniforms through time testifies of the strength of political beliefs and ideologies that built the character of the city, such as setting it in its history and territory. The political black and red also underline the radicalism of the city throughout the XXth century, until today.
Since the XIXth century and the development of the city, Berlin had to cope with elements of signaletic, to make the city readable for its citizens. Public transportations offer a wide range of identifiable colours, helping the people to find their way. Sorting wastes or finding a service (Post) or a shop (Apotheke) are also conventions which rely on functional colours. (Re)building the city also brings a range of unavoidable colours, from pink and blue tubes to cranes.
Berlin also sets colours through various cultural elements, starting from - social - architecture and omnipresent bricks that forge the urban landscape. From these elements, colours can be studied as social status markers. Furthermore, the cultural diversity of Berlin can be seen in alternative fields, notably through the punk culture. This diversity takes place in festivals and parades that embellish the city of creative colours throughout the year.
Finally, we will present the German capital city through its artistic explosion, place of experiment and laboratory for highly colourful/bunt projects. World capital city of Street Art, place of classical and contemporary culture and artistic expressions, this territory is rich of colourful voices.
Thus, the chromatic palette of the city is composed around different features of its identity. We both want to show that Berlin is way more colourful than one can picture, and that colours have obvious but also more discrete roles to play. This multidisciplinary exhibition will allow to underline the relevancy of the Berliner territory for the project of a Museum of Colours.
A part of this exhibition will be funded by a crowdfunding, that you can find here.
Do you want to know more about our project? You can download our leaflet here :