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We at SC Exhbitions find that it is not enough to “hang pictures on the wall or put objects on show”. We call our take on modern exhibitions “expanded programming“. Take a look at the many scientific, cultural and entertaining facets that surround our work as local host of touring exhibitions. And let our guest speakers Guido Knopp and Philipp Charlier enlarge on their particular area of expertise and their


Guido Knopp: The Fascination in History

2 Family fun!


by Christoph Scholz


days, lectures, concerts and press trips. It means cultural work in every city. It means educational work aimed at different visitor groups – including the media. “Expanded programming” is an indispensable part of our press and marketing work. In this issue we will introduce some aspects of our current programmes accompanying exhibitions which we host locally: Renowned German historian Guido Knopp will lecture at our exhibition “Da Vinci - The Genius” in Nuremberg. At our exhibition “Body Worlds“ in Munich acclaimed French scientist Philippe Charlier speaks about his work on body parts of historical figures. And photographer Dirk Murschall wandered with his camera through the historic parts of Nuremberg to capture “Places of the Renaissance”.


Professor Knopp, the public has a great appetite for history. History magazines are popping up everywhere, TV documentaries are scheduled at prime time, Museums report ever-increasing attendance figures. You have played a part in stimulating this interest in Germany through your work as ‘historian-in-chief ’ at ZDF, a major public service broadcaster. What do you think are the most important reasons or stimuli behind this great interest in our history? There are several reasons for this: In Germany, after reunification, there was an interest in such questions as, how did the 20th century work out like this for us, how did it happen that after all, the century culminated in this kind of happy ending of reunification? What happened between 1914 and 1945, this “Thirty Years’ War” of the 20th century? What happened in the Cold War after 1945, which ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall? There was a new interest above all in the Nazi period, because many of the people who were then our viewers – in the late 1990s – had been affected by these events themselves. Many had undergone the most extreme experiences of their lives in connection with this time, with war, bombings, service at the front, the Holocaust, dictatorship, fleeing or being driven into exile. Towards the end of their lives, people found a great interest in revisiting all this in film. Apart from 20th-century history, there was in general an ever-increasing interest in the history of earlier periods. We noticed it with our series “Geschichte der Deutschen” (“History of the Ger-

2 Photo: ZDF Enterprises


Illustration © MOSAIK Steinchen für Steinchen Verlag

At least since the beginning of the 21st century, it has been the goal of innovative cultural institutions around the world to present knowledge in an interesting and entertaining way and to combine an exciting experience with education. However, for this science-based edutainment to be successful, exhibition organizers have to leave familiar territory and develop entirely new forms of presentation. We believe that today it is no longer sufficient to simply hang pictures on the wall or put objects on show. In each city we work together with local Museums and institutes under the heading “expanded programming”. As part of this, we organized a series of accompanying academic lectures during our Hamburg season at the local Museum of Ethnology, and, together with the former Egyptian antiquities minister Zahi Hawass and the photographer Sandro Vannini, we put on a companion exhibition to Tutankhamun entitled “A Secret Voyage – A Photographic Journey into the Lands of Pharaohs”. Together with the Royal Museum in Brussels, we organized an accompanying exhibition of replicas from the Museum, replicas from our inventory and original pieces. In Frankfurt, our exhibition has been accompanied by a “Festival of Egyptian Culture”. The festival forged a link between Ancient Egypt and modern Egypt: Egyptian authors, filmmakers, musicians, comedians and actors were here in Frankfurt as guests at over 30 events. Four accompanying exhibitions were organized in collaboration with art galleries in London and Cairo. “Expanded programming” – this means workshops, Museum nights, talks, readings, family


3 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon seen by the artists from German comic magazine Mosaik – A project accompanying our Berlin exhibition

connection to our current exhibitions.

Let Us Edutain You

1 El Shoada Square by Bassem Samir. Taken from the special exhibition “To Egypt with Love” by Safarkhan Gallery Cairo which accompanied our Frankfurt exhibition

mans”), and we notice it also, for example, with series about Ancient Egypt, the Germanic peoples or the Romans. People know less about this than they do about German history; it’s a great mystery about which people would like to know more and have shown to them in the modern medium of television. Thirdly, from the outset, from the early 1990s, there has also been a great interest internationally in how we as Germans deal with our history. For example, the History Channel in the United States has shown our series with great success ever since it was founded in 1995. When did you first become aware that history could interest the broader public? That would be in the early 1990s, when we first started to present our history documentaries in series form. The first one was the six-part series on the history of German partition and unification, from 1945 to 1990, which we filmed from November 1989 to October 1990. When we started this series, we had no idea how it would end. I was in Berlin the weekend the wall fell, and with my team I had a really very emotional weekend as we were filming. When the series was broadcast from the summer of 1990, by then of course we knew that there would be a united Germany again, so naturally it was a great success among viewers and juries – we won a number of prizes. 1+2 Places of the Renaissance in Nuremberg: the old town hall (the Wolffscher Bau)

Guido Knopp Professor Guido Knopp, who for 30 years was editor-in-chief of the contemporary history section at German national broadcaster ZDF, owes his great popularity to successful TV formats like the magazine programme “History” and documentary series such as “Die Deutschen” (“The Germans”) and “Hitlers Helfer” (“Hitler’s Helpers”). These informative, riveting programmes have captivated large audiences in over 130 countries, as have the books accompanying his series, which have so far been translated into 52 languages. In recognition of his life’s work, this two-time “non-fiction author of the year” has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including television prizes, the Golden Lion and Golden Camera, two Emmy awards and a lifetime achievement award.

A major exhibition of the international archaeological sensation. The spectacular reconstruction of the Pharaoh’s tomb and treasures. An exciting list of free activities included in your ticket price to keep the little ones (and adults) entertained. The Egyptian themed Fun Days will provide educational, fun and stimulating activities for children between 3yrs to 11yrs.

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SC Exhibitions magazine 2014  

The very first edition of the annual SC Exhibitions magazine is out now. We are publishing it to tell you about our work and to connect wi...

SC Exhibitions magazine 2014  

The very first edition of the annual SC Exhibitions magazine is out now. We are publishing it to tell you about our work and to connect wi...