“ERZÄHL MIR DOCH
For the “MachMit!” Children’s Museum in Berlin we created an exhibition to explain human rights to children between the age of 5 and 15. To make an abstract concept like this tangible to the kids, we used seven of the beloved fairytales of the Grimm brothers as narratives. We decided for a very hands-on approach: The whole ground floor of the exhibition became an mystically lit, enchanted forest, which the kids could enter through a secret entrance at the back of a fairytale book. We wanted to give them a broad range of possibilities for learning about human rights: very young kids, for instance, could experience the right for freedom by being “forced” to imagine the loss of it, when entering Hansel’s prison in the witch house. Older kids could dig deeper, for example by interpreting complex photo artworks created for every displayed fairytale by students of a local photography school. On the second level we created the impression of a castle in sky.
The special challenge of this exhibition was to create a rich experience with a minimum budget. We reused as much as possible of from former exhibitions of the museum, built the trees out of trashed wooden fruit boxes from the supermarket, put together a leaf- covered ceiling out of folded pages of worn out books, and so on.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline