Museum of Values
Together with the “Museum für Werte” (Museum of Values) in Berlin, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is presenting an exhibition in the Studio. On view are your stories and objects relating to the values of respect, friendship, tolerance, and freedom. Based on your experiences, we would like to create a space in which visitors can think about and reflect on values, individually and with each other.
What do respect, friendship, tolerance, and freedom mean to you?
What does a small wooden horse have to do with respect, two shriveled coffee beans with friendship, a Reclam booklet with tolerance, and a wheelchair with freedom? The participatory exhibition “Museum of Values” (Oct. 19 – Dec. 9, 2018) presents objects and stories on the four values of respect, friendship, tolerance, and freedom. More than eighty citizens followed an appeal by the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and sent in very personal, touching, surprising, and disturbing stories relating to these four values.
It is less surprising that a hot-air balloon has something to do with freedom than the story of the balloonist herself, who also talks about female emancipation within a male-dominated scene. Touching is the story behind a series of watercolors, in which the death of a child is visualized and thus helps the parents to talk about and overcome the severe trauma. And two coffee mugs with Helene Fischer and Guns N’ Roses motifs are less testimony to the different musical tastes of a couple than of their respect and tolerance for each other. Politically topical, in contrast, are several stories about encounters with refugees who, from the experience of otherness to the discovery of commonalities, document learning processes that demonstrate the essential meaning of values and their transformation within our society.