Exhibition for Kids
07. November 2012
“Du bist noch zu jung, um zu sterben. Bitte gehe durch den Notausgang und lebe dein Leben.” (You're too young to die, please take the emergency exit and live your life) is what visitors will hear when they leave the room of Osiris, the God of the Afterworld, and enter into a dark chamber that is supposed to resemble the great beyond. The great beyond seems to be small and a little claustrophobic, so the emergency exit sign is a welcome relief. After exiting the cell, twelve further rooms come into sight that are all dedicated to two main themes: life and death.
The “Erzähl mir was vom Tod” (Tell me something about death) exhibition at the RBB Fernsehzentrum uses games and experiments to portray what death can mean to people and how high its significance is in different cultural circles. The exhibition is a production of the Alice museum for children and the Franckesche Stiftung zu Halle. It will take place in light of the ARD “Week of Life and Death” and treats questions like “What is death?” and “Why must animals and humans die?” that children begin to ask themselves from an early age on.
Walking through the small rooms in the rbb's entrance area, it's hard to miss the enthusiasm inscribed in the faces of the groups of school kids that have traveled here today. They are running through the halls, not rarely exclaiming things like “Look at this!” The exhibition seems to hit a nerve with the little ones. But it is interesting enough for adults as well.
The tour starts with the themes time and mortality in a room with different clocks, an hourglass and old clockworks. A blackboard explaining the relevance of time for life rests next to the door. Another room has been plastered in obituaries written by the visitors themselves. There is a coffin in the middle of the room and visitors can read information about the different types of funerals on the walls. Another room yet displays pictures of stars like Marilyn Monroe, a star that shone beyond her lifetime. Visitors can mix their own life serum next door using water, lemon juice and dextrose.
The exhibition is a good way to rid the thought of death of the terror associated with it. The rooms pose questions like “Who would come to your funeral” to encourage kids' reflections on their lives in the now. Visitors can write the answers to questions like these on pieces of paper provided by the museum.
Erzähl mir was vom Tod, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Fernsehzentrum, Masurenallee 16 -20, Berlin-Westend, until November 23, Mon-Fri 9am–6pm, Sat, Sun 12pm–6pm, www.rbb-online.de/kinderausstellung