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Education spaces

At the Bode-Museum, experiments behind closed doors and hidden workshop spaces give way to a public educational laboratory. Three spaces previously used for the exhibition of the collection and for a bookshop were redesigned by lab.Bode – Initiative to Strengthen Museum Education together with the architects from raumlabor berlin. They serve as a “Space for Ideas,” “Free Space,” and “Platform” for the activities of pupils from the lab.Bode partner schools. They offer room for discourse events and training programmes, and they provide insights for museum visitors into museum education practices. Group and individual research as well as interdisciplinary and process-oriented experiences are made possible in these spaces.


Room I (226)

Research, Exchange, Relax

Tables and seating that can be flexibly arranged invite visitors to read, do research, and discuss about project topics, ideas, and questions. With a public library on the collection of the Bode-Museums and literature on art education, the room serves as a space for exploration and reflection for school groups and museum-goers.


Room II (220)

Move, Play, Reflect

The “Free Space” is dedicated to movement, play, and physically oriented workshops. A raised platform that can be used as a stage enables pupils to become performers or audience members. A large mirror, which changes the optics of the room but can also be hidden by a curtain, allows for a performative approach to topics relevant to the architecture of the Bode-Museum and objects in its collection.


Rooms III and IV (249 and 250)

Design, Arrange, Show

The flexible furnishing modules of “Platform”– cubes, table-tops, displays, foam blocks, and mats – can be adapted to various working situations. In addition to being used for research, presentations, and discussions, the large array of seating elements can also be employed to test alternative exhibition practices, since the elements can easily be turned into pedestals or display cases.


Concept and realization of the spaces: raumlabor berlin

thinking the MUSEUM, making the MUSEUM, experimenting with the MUSEUM

“lab.Bode stands for encouraging developments that help museums become more open institutions. Cultural outreach is an opportunity to shape a cultural interface where personal and social thought processes take place and the values of our society can be openly discussed. Art is substantive. It conveys a context that helps us understand ideas about beauty and society at a given time. Through social interaction and dialogue with the works of art, the museum becomes an active space, where school-aged children and youth engage in dialogue with art and with the museum.”

raumlabor berlin, 2017