At home in Stuttgart

July 21 until October 14, 2018

What does it actually mean to be at home in Stuttgart? Which things, feelings and people belong to it for me? How is it possible to live well together? Are the objects “at home” in the Linden-Museum? Based on the initiative of the artist Patricia Thoma, who has been painting pictures with children on the topics of home, diversity, migration and homeland for several years, several groups dealt with these questions. Their search for clues, ideas and answers found artistic expression in different ways. Children from Stuttgart elementary schools created pictures of their own homes with Patricia Thoma and at the same time dealt with everyday things from the collection of the Linden-Museum.

The youth club of the Linden Museum went on a city exploration and put together a Stuttgart collage. Young people from the Society for Open and Mobile Youth Work – Cannstatter INZEL critically examined the objects in the museum and sought forms of expression to make their thoughts visible. Students of the Merz Akademie accompanied and commented on this process artistically and medially together with their lecturer, the artist Ülkü Süngün, from a postcolonial perspective. As part of the intercultural children’s festival on June 17, 2018, children designed pop-up cards of their rooms, which were presented as photos in the exhibition.

In the exhibition, the children and young people presented a diverse picture of their city and explored what they believe makes a good life together. At hands-on stations, all visitors were able to create their own image of a diverse city.

The Linden-Museum Stuttgart followed an intersectional and transcultural approach in the work phase for the exhibition and worked with anti-bias methods, dialogical learning methods, and artistic techniques to raise awareness of power structures and avoid their reproduction.

In cooperation with:
State Center for Political Education Baden-Württemberg
In the framework of SWICH – Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage, Co-funded by the Creative European Programme of the European Union.