Museum August Kestner, Hanover
– 19 September 2018
The current exhibition at the Museum August Kestner in Hanover, “Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation” [Relationship. On Communication] deals with the phenomenon of communication which is a fundamental part of human coexistence. Although mutual understanding is always the goal, misunderstandings are not uncommon.
Against this background, the exhibition is dedicated to various examples of communication media and forms that have been used by different civilisations for millennia, or for that matter, continue to be used. It isn’t just that communication media have changed over time, new purposes require different forms of communication.
The exhibits include objects from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as from the European Middle Ages, the Baroque and the 19th century to modern times. The first section of the exhibition has containers whose design establishes a relationship with the observer. The next area is devoted to the motifs and inscriptions on coins and medals as two of the oldest forms of communication media. Language, writing, and images as communication media are among the other themes of the exhibition, and so is communication with a diverse range of gods in different societies, using rituals in addition to words and images. Finally, the exhibition looks at communication based on gestures and facial expressions, as part of non-verbal communication.
The question of “Understanding” (as a derivative of “standing in front of something”) also receives particular attention through a diverse range of offerings, such as communication with experts, and also excellent opportunities for interacting with exhibits and installations.