The New Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary
In October 2019, the reopening of the New Museum, whose restoration and reconstruction was completed in 2009 under the direction of British architect David Chipperfield, marks the tenth anniversary of the reopening.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, an art installation with 10 themes and 160 objects will present unusual perspectives on the exhibited collections and will encourage visitors to independently explore the Neues Museum.
The Greek Court will house an ensemble of steles and pedestals with reflective and refractive surfaces. The incidental, constantly changing daylight and spotlights from headlamps produce impressive light effects. On the pedestals are individual themes symbolizing art objects that make references to originals of the collections throughout the house. Reflections of light clarify the different relationships and links of topics and objects. Visitors explore the installation and the New Museum by drawing small "treasure maps" with exciting details on various exhibits from the stelae and pedestals. These cards lead them into the exhibition rooms and to the originals and invite them to explore possible connections between the objects.
The installation questions traditional exhibition and leadership concepts and points to the subjective character of each museum presentation, which is always shaped by the current socio-cultural environment and thus constructs its own "truth". David Olbrich, artistic director of the project, explains: "The constructions erected for the 10th anniversary in the Greek court follow the question of whether the relationships that we have with other people, our environment and nature are based only on mastery and ready-made solutions or whether we allow them to enchant us, transform us and open up new spatial ideas ".