Children in Exile


This documentary exhibition focuses on the experience of children in exile. The historical section showcases photographs, letters, and manuscripts from the Akademie Archive, in particular from the papers of German writers and artists who went into exile with their children between 1933 and 1945. As yet, little consideration has been given to the perspectives of the children fleeing with their parents – the daughters and sons of Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Paul Dessau, George Grosz, Wieland Herzfelde, Alfred Kerr, Anna Seghers, Friedrich Wolf and Arnold Zweig.

The current section presents KUNSTWELTEN projects on exile by artists and children. The encounters with the artists’ personal papers and documents in the archives have produced films, models, texts, photos, sketches, pieces of music, and plays which all show migration today both as a challenge and enrichment. For the exhibition opening, Berlin pupils together with Akademie members and fellows are presenting the results of their research and workshops. Welcome by Federal Government Commissioner for Integration Aydan Özoğuz, Jeanine Meerapfel and Edzard Reuter. With the kind support of the Helga and Edzard Reuter Foundation.

Exhibition opening on 16 June at 10 am with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz, Gesine Bey, Jeanine Meerapfel, Edzard Reuter, Werner Heegewaldt and pupils from Berlin.

16 Jun — 20 Jul 2016


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daily 10 am –10 pm
Free admission

Tours: Tue – Sun, 11 am, € 2
Curators’ tours with Gesine Bey: Thursdays 6 pm and Sundays 11 am, € 2


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