May 28, 2021 to August 29, 2021
Questioning Kenyan Collections in Western Museums
The planned exhibition "Invisible Inventories", takes place within the framework of a larger project, the "International Inventories Program": The "International Inventories Programme" artistically, scientifically and curatorially addresses the question of how Kenyan cultural assets currently held in institutions of the "Global North" can be made accessible in Kenya. To this end, they are being recorded in a comprehensive online database. As a continuously updated archive, this inventory creates the basis for a fact-based discussion of restitution issues. A later expansion of the database to other countries will be made possible. Since 2019, over 18,000 objects have already been collected in the database. Artists, scholars, and curators - such as those from the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) in Nairobi, the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (RJM) in Cologne, the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main, and the collectives The Nest (Kenya) and SHIFT (Germany) - are involved. A central aspect of the "International Inventories Programme" is provenance research on collections of Kenyan objects in museums and other institutions outside Kenya. The exhibition project "Invisible Inventories" is dedicated to this research by both scholars and artists. The exhibition is being developed collectively to capture the multifaceted perspectives and multiple narratives of Europe and Africa's interwoven colonial history. The resulting contemporary artworks, including video works and installations, as well as the results of the scholarly research, will be presented successively at the Nairobi National Museum, the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, and the Weltkulturenmuseum in Frankfurt am Main (September 2021).more
April 1st, 2021 to September 5th, 2021
RESIST! The Art of Resistance
The special exhibition "RESIST! The Art of Resistance" explores different forms, moments and histories of resistance against colonialism and its current continuities.
To this end, the RJM invites curators and activists Peju Layiwola from Nigeria, Esther Utjiua Muinjangue & Ida Hoffmann from Namibia, Tímea Junghaus from Hungary and Elizaveta Khan & Mona Leitmeier from Cologne to curate their own spaces. These are complemented by objects from the RJM's collection, historical materials, personal testimonies, and works of contemporary art. The exhibition offers places for gathering, reflection and action through workshops in the exhibition space with an extensive program of events and mediation.
May 22, 2021 to November 7, 2021
Scratching the Black Box of Colonial Photographs - a collaborative work by Artist Meets Archive artist Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh
The Artist Meets Archive program will take place for the second time in May 2021 in cooperation with Photoszene Köln at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. The artist Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, who explored the museum and the collection in the summer of 2020 for an artist residency program, will present her developed work in the museum's permanent exhibition. In doing so, the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum will act as a central location for the Artists Meets Archive program. Among other things, there will be a central display for all five Artist Meets Archive artists.more
November 5, 2021 to February 2, 2022
One Soul in All
Encounters with Ainu from the North of Japan
The exhibition "A Soul in Everything - Encounters with Ainu from the North of Japan", which can be seen from November 5, 2021 to February 20, 2022 at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt, pays special attention to the cultures of the Ainu groups and their path to recognition. The Ainu groups are considered the indigenous inhabitants* of northern Japan, who originally lived as hunter-gatherer communities predominantly on the islands of Hokkaido and Sakhalin. From the mid-19th century, they were colonized, resettled and exploited by Japan. It was only after the mid-20th century that a strong return to their traditions emerged and a revitalization movement emerged, leading to recognition as an indigenous group in 2008 and its legal implementation by the Japanese government in 2019. In the exhibition, the main focus is on the current revival movement of Ainu groups with a variety of voices from Ainu representatives. Visitors also learn more about the history of the museum's collection, get a glimpse of beliefs and changing stereotypes, and get a glimpse of the beauty of material culture. A special highlight is an embroidered Ainu garment made of bark bast. The exhibition connects the past with the present, opens new perspectives and touches through the intensity of the many-sided "encounters". An exhibition in cooperation with the Ainu National Museum, Hokkaido and the Japan Foundation Cologne.
The large exhibition hall is used for a wide variety of special exhibitions and exciting programs.
In the "Focus" exhibition area, we continually shed new and critical light on our own collection in close cooperation with the communities of origin.
In order to enliven our permanent exhibition, which opened in 2010, with new approaches and ideas, there are regular so-called "interventions". Sometimes small, sometimes large, thought and implemented by invited artists, students, associations or by ourselves.