From Velázquez’ Portrait of a Lady in the Gemäldegalerie to the tile fields of Iznik ceramics in the Pergamon Museum: in six houses of the National Museums in Berlin at the Kulturforum, in Dahlem, in Köpenick and on the Museum Island Berlin, 30 museum guards present their favourite works from the Gemäldegalerie, the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of European Cultures.
Hardly anyone spends as much time with the objects in museums as the security staff. Day in and day out, museum guards watch over the works, greet visitors and develop their very own relationship with entire collections and individual exhibits. From a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of interests and experiences, the participants have a very personal, everyday view of the works and thus open up diverse perspectives that are to be made visible in the context of the special presentation.
“Every Day at the Museum. Museum guards present their favourite works” is a cross-collection exhibition intervention in which a total of 34 works from the permanent exhibitions of the Gemäldegalerie …
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Image above: Gerard Janssen in front of the portrait of a lady by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez in the Gemäldegalerie © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Valerie Schmidt