10 June to 14 August 2022

Seeing and understanding the world through children’s eyes: the exhibition Takeover, realised by Berlin primary school students, explores this desire.



Dark corners, rare earths, nothing ventured – nothing gained, light and water, coals on wires, spooky thrills, movement and shadow, two huge trolls, mangrove mysteries, holographic homeschooling – developing these themes, Berlin primary school students curated their own exhibitions with works by international artists who are based in Berlin. Last summer, the first iteration kicked off with Takeover. Plastic Catches Mushroom, an exhibition by Roberta Busechian and Tue Greenfort on the Gropius Bau’s south terrace. Now Vanessa Farfán, Jan Peter Hammer, Khansa Humeidan, Susanne Kriemann, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Lisa Rave and Egill Sæbjörnsson take over the gallery spaces.

The goal of this three-year-long project, organised by the Gropius Bau in cooperation with the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, is to involve children in artistic and curatorial processes. The project enables Berlin pupils to experience and navigate from art production onto an independently curated exhibition. Elementary school pupils from the current Max – Artists in Residence an Grundschulen programme of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor visit the Gropius Bau regularly and get to know the operational activities, processes and professions of the exhibition venue.

Participating schools include the Carl-Humann-Grundschule, 48. Grundschule, Heinrich-von-Stephan-Gemeinschaftsschule and Picasso Grundschule.

Kids Curate_Takeover is a project by the

Logo Stiftung Brandenburger Tor and the Gropius Bau