First German Colonial Exhibition 1896 in Treptower Park

Treptow Museum

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Museen Treptow-Köpenick

The exhibition "zurückGESCHAUT" is the result of a cooperation initiated by the Museum Treptow-Köpenick with the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD) and Berlin postkolonial e. V. For the first time in Germany, a permanent exhibition on the history of colonialism, racism and Black resistance has been developed. The participation of Black people not only influenced the details, but was also decisive for the development of the exhibition concept, the selection of the pictures and the writing of the exhibition texts. The First German Colonial Exhibition took place as an independent part of the Berlin Trade Exhibition of 1896 in Treptower Park. Initiated by the German colonial economy and supported by the Federal Foreign Office, it became an elaborate staging of the German colonial state. The 106 children, women and men "recruited" in the German colonies were and still are the focus of the First German Colonial Exhibition and also of the exhibition "zurückGESCHAUT". For one summer they had to let the public in Berlin stare at them. But they also looked back attentively. Together they defended themselves against their assigned role in the colonial exhibition and the injustices of the colonial state.

Treptow Museum
Sterndamm 102
12487 Berlin

+49 (30) 902 97-5671
+49 (30) 902 97-5630
Monday - Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday - Sunday
14:00 - 18:00
Free entrance

Special for people in wheelchairs


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