When I heard from this exhibition my first thought was what an amazing title that is. It’s a perfect match for museumlifestyle. Then I found out that I could see this exhibition during the Museumsnight one week before the official opening. So late at night last weekend I visited the Ephraim-Palais.
Which kind of associations do you have with the 1920s of Berlin? My first thought was music, fashion, hairstyles. I would call them beauty topics. But the exhibition is more than that. It’s not only about the magical moments of Charleston, cabaret and bob. „It was a tumultuous period between monarchy and dictatorship, between luxury and misery, between war and peace.“ Exactly this tumultuous period is impressively shown.
More than 600.000 citizens of Berlin had no job in 1932. Shortages of food, miserable housing conditions, homelessness, illness and suicide provided all manner of material for – in some cases drastic – depictions of existential uncertainty. “Dancing on the Volcano: The Berlin of the Twenties as Reflected in the Arts” shows the discrepancies in different areas of life.
I haven’t been to the Ephraim-Palais ever before, so I was surprised by the large extent of the exhibition. If you will visit this building, you should take time! At least 2 hours, more is better. It is worth it!
It’s a wonderful building. I’m so sorry that I’ve been there for such a short time that evening. The Ephraim-Palais is a reconstructured rococo building. It’s part of the Nicholais’ Quarter of old Berlin. It was built in 1766. The palais was demolished in 1936 and rebuilt between 1983 and 1987. If you are visiting berlin you should walk through this district. It’s beautiful.
“Jeder einmal in Berlin” (1927)
Where the Funkturm’s burning rays
in gleaming arcs entrance the gaze,
where a million lights like stars
pierce the darkness from afar …
a chain of orbs that seem alight,
there lies Berlin queen of the night!
Hushed, in awe, our voices meet:
hark, the heart of Europe beats!
Yes, my heart was beating, too. That’s berlin. I love this town, the museums, exhibitions, shops…
Back to the route – opening at Thursday (7 PM). In this special case there is only one color for the opening possible: black. Maybe dark blue. And this is the chance you were waiting for: put on the whole black glamour stuff. Hey, the 1920s are still alive! 😉 I love that style. During the long night I wore black trousers because I had to walke a lot. But I think you should have a look at your wardrobe. Is there a little black dress in it? You should wear it!
#museum | Ephraim-Palais
#exhibition | dancing on the vulcano
#untill | 31. January 2016
#opening | 3. September 2015, 7 PM, the entrance is for free (don’t miss it ;))