Takeover invites children to take on the role of curators. Featuring works by international artists, the exhibition curated and realised by Berlin primary school students is now on view on the ground floor of the Gropius Bau.

Dark corners; rare earths; nothing ventured, nothing gained; light and water; glowing 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 also 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 the three-year-long project Kids Curate_Takeover, 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 primary school students to experience and navigate the way from art production to an independently curated exhibition. School students from the current Max – Artists in Residence an Berliner Schulen programme of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor visited the Gropius Bau regularly and got to know the activities, processes and professions of the exhibition venue. The exhibition includes a public programme curated by the kids.

Get active

Exhibition leaflet

You can get active yourself with this exhibition leaflet: Find the artwork that goes with the drawing and add your own colours to the colouring-in logo of the exhibition!


Exhibition Overview

More about the show

Read all exhibition texts during or after your visit to Takeover and learn more about the works by Vanessa Farfán, Jan Peter Hammer, Khansa Humeidan, Susanne Kriemann, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Lisa Rave und Egill Sæbjörnsson that are currently on view at the Gropius Bau.

“It is like sorting through images of reality as if waking up again.”

— Anton, Carl Humann Primary School


“The images show how nature is treated. They are at once beautiful and sad.”

— Alma, 48th Primary School


“It is a little bit like magic. But a lot of work went into it.”

— Mirjam, Carl Humann Primary School

Participating schools
48th Primary School, Pankow
Carl Humann Primary School, Prenzlauer Berg
Heinrich-von-Stephan-Gemeinschaftsschule, Moabit

To the exhibition imprint

Kids Curate_Takeover is a project by the

and the Gropius Bau