Photo: Anika Büssemeier

Brücke-Museum is an open venue for the discussion, exploration and research of art and cultural concepts as well as social issues. As a continually developing institution, the museum is reliant on the perspectives, knowledge, experiences and recollections of many different people and interest groups. For this reason, Brücke-Museum collaborates with a wide variety of partners. 

Feel free to contact us with your ideas and suggestions for further projects.

Cooperation, School

Naturally Art!
School collaboration

Duration: January 2020 – June 2020

In exchange with children and young people, we would like to find out what a redesign and new use of the museum garden could look like in the sense of the Brücke. Drawing and painting of people in nature was one of the core themes of the artists’ group. The Brücke-Museum, created especially for the artists, blends into the forest landscape and combines nature, art and architecture. The expressionist group created such connections in their works.

How can the garden today become a place where different people like to spend time? How can young people in particular get involved in museum work and create new output? The interaction between art and nature can be experienced and tested in the museum garden and the adjoining forest which is currently barely explored.

Nord-Grundschule Zehlendorf: Class 5b, Bettina Tscheslog
Schule am Schloss Charlottenburg: Klass 8e, Esther Siemers
Project management: Nora Hogrefe

Sponsored by lab.Bode – Initiative to Strenghten Museum Education


Thinking art didactics another way – Museum
University collaboration

Duration: October 2019 – March 2020

Together with the Institute for Art Didactics and Aesthetic Education of the Berlin University of the Arts, forms of art didactics in connection with the out-of-school learning location museum, which is particularly important for art teaching, will be discussed and experienced in this seminar.

In particular, art-didactic perspectives will be designed and discussed on the basis of individual approaches to the museum as a place of (self-)education.

Berlin University of the Arts: Conrad Rodenberg
Brücke-Museum: Daniela Bystron


New presentation: The Brücke-Museum. Concepts for an up-to-date collection presentation
University collaboration

Duration: October 2019 – März 2020

Since 2017, Brücke-Museum has been under a new management. The view on the in-house artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Otto Mueller and their colleagues is to be updated and anchored in the present. With this in mind, the museum is striving for close cooperation with scientists and artists. The first temporary exhibitions already show that many research questions have remained unanswered after the stylistic development of Brücke Expressionism had been in the foreground since the museum was founded in 1967.

Out of this desideratum, the project seminar is conceived with practical relevance to museum activities as its focus. The participants will be introduced to the history of Brücke art as well as to curatorial work with museum collections and international discourses by Meike Hoffmann (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Universität Berlin), Lisa Marei Schmidt (Director, Brücke-Museum) and Daniela Bystron (Curator of Outreach, Brücke-Museum). On this basis, the participants will develop concepts for the presentation and mediation of individual groups of works from the collection of Brücke-Museum.

Freie Universität Berlin: Dr. Meike Hoffmann
Brücke-Museum: Daniela Bystron, Lisa Marei Schmidt


Cooperation, School

“Sometimes Unanswerable” Student-Centred Research at Brücke-Museum
School collaboration

Duration: September 2018 – August 2019

Of what relevance is the artists’ group Brücke today? How can these artists and their work relate to the everyday life of young people? Are there social and political analogies to be made with the present? How can Brücke art be recontextualised in today’s Berlin? What previously unexplored perspectives can be found in the museum? And how can young people become involved and contribute their questions, ideas and points of view to the museum and its work?

For this project, we use of process-oriented, student-centred, participatory approach which is closely aligned to the museum’s own practice: conducting research, propose questions, seeking methods and strategies to suggest possible answers, inviting experts and holding interviews. Sometimes Unanswerable deliberately begins with asking young people personal questions oriented related to their biographical and cultural backgrounds, personal interests and tendencies. Here, museum staff, teachers and experts invited by the students themselves give support in exploring research areas of their choice.  

Sometimes Unanswerable focuses on questions but leaves the answers open – there is no right or wrong. This approach is based on the firm conviction that learning starts with the act of questioning. The particular aim of the project is to supplement the institutions of the museum and the school (which have traditionally stood for canonised knowledge) with more fluid and critical concepts of knowledge. Thus, we put faith in young people to take their questions seriously and to explore their own possible answers using creative strategies.

Kurt-Tucholsky-Schule Pankow: Grit Wöhlert
Project management: Daniela Bystron, Nora Hogrefe
Artists: Karen Winzer and Markus Strieder, supported by Patrick Lindhof (film) and Anika Büssemeier (photography)

Sponsored by Berlin Project Funds for Cultural Education.


For Tomorrow. Artistic Interventions in the Museum
University collaboration

Duration: April–July 2019

Questioning the Canon and Codes, Learning and Forgetting 

The aim of the seminar project “For Tomorrow. Artistic Interventions in the Museum” is to examin experimental artistic approaches to art education and communication, extending from modernism to contemporary art. Participants analyse how different perspectives and cultural experiences of various networks and local neighbourhoods can be embedded in education through the use of society’s cultural canon. Building on this questioning, participants develop their own creative ideas for an artistic intervention based on their specialist field. They will then realise their ideas at the Brücke-Museum.

Conclusion with artistic interventions at Brücke-Museum: 10 July 2019, 5–9 pm

Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee: Prof. Mona Jas
Brücke-Museum: Daniela Bystron


Cosmopolitan Berlin

Duration: May 2018 – May 2019

In relation to today’s global migration and the ever-increasing threats to artistic freedom, Berlin offers a new home to many artists and cultural workers who are at risk. The initiative Cosmopolitan Berlin,established by the Senate of Berlin, supports artists every year with a fellowship. Brücke-Museum is working with the artist Kamal Sallat, who is exploring the artwork The Fishing Boat by Max Pechstein (1913). He is recontextualising this very important work held in Brücke-Museum’s collection, offering a very personal response by producing a series of paintings and a documentary film.

Fellow: Kamal Sallat
Brücke-Museum: Lisa Marei Schmidt, Daniela Bystron


Curating Exhibitions. Focus: Sexism and Racism
University collaboration

Duration: April 2018–July 2018

For the first time, Brücke-Museum is working with the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. Students on this course are introduced to fundamental ideas and skills of curating through both theory and practice. They are given insights into curating, programme development, various disciplinary approaches to collecting and exhibiting, the development of exhibition design ideas and narratives as well as the means of conveying information. In small groups, the students conceive an intervention in the presentation of the museum’s collection which takes a critical approach to the themes of sexism and racism.

University of Applied Sciences, Berlin (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft): Prof. Susan Kamel
Brücke-Museum: Daniela Bystron