June 2023

  • Wednesday, 2. November 2022 to Sunday, 3. September 2023
    healing. Life in Balance
    The Exhibition presents multi-perspective narratives as well as works (of art) with transformative power
    Δ healing. Life in Balance

    How to live? In one’s own body with its personal and collective history? With the environment, the spiritual world, in global togetherness? How can crises be overcome? And can balance be found? How to stay or become healthy? And how to be content? How can healing succeed?  

    For many, the fragility of living conditions was apparent long before the COVID-19 pandemic. This fragility did and does affect almost all areas of life – health, work, politics, the economy, social cohesion. The global crisis and the associated search for balance is common to people around the world. Many established views are now being questioned. Indigenous societies, activists, environmental organisations, and the younger generation everywhere find that their ideas, expectations and critiques of contemporary living are increasingly converging. The exhibition healing. Life in Balance presents multi-perspective narratives as well as works (of art) with transformative power. In these poetic, philosophical, and multimedia artistic works, international partners from the arts, sciences and medicine present their own, personal stories, as well as their perspectives and strategies for resolving crises, establishing new equilibriums, and finding answers for a future of global coexistence.  


    Marina Abramović

    La Vaughn Belle

    Elena Bernabè

    Roberta Carvalho

    Alejandro Durán

    Marco Del Fiol

    Ayrson Heráclito

    Feliciano Lana

    Naziha Mestaoui

    Michael O’Neill

    Roldán Pinedo

    Further participants:
    Pablo César Amaringo, Giminez Menezes Basilio, Karin Bervoets, Coral Gardeners, Magnus Døvigen, Kerstin Kleemann, Marion Marquardt, Elena Mori, Thiago Lopes da Costa Oliveira, Harry Pinedo, Andrea Scholz, Ingo Schulz, Felix Schwarz, Valdette Ribeiro da Silva, Zu Campos as well as other artists from indigenous communities who are not known by name

    1. Exhibition publication
      The comprehensive publication to accompany the exhibition – also called healing. Life in Balance – includes a number of illustrations and photographs. The publication deepens and expands on the themes of the exhibition in interdisciplinary articles, and includes personal conversations with the artists on the subject of healing. Further thematic focuses have been developed from the museum’s collection. These diverse perspectives are brought together and expanded on with contributions from national and international academics and activists. The publication offers a multi-layered and diverse compilation of possibilities for shaping postcolonial global togetherness and for a healthy life in balance.

      Karin Bervoets, Wade Davis, Magnus Døvigen, Mariana K. Leal Ferreira, Nildo José Miguel Fontes, Friederike Georg, Margrit Jütte, Kerstin Kleemann, Fenton Lutunatabua, Angeline Makore, Marion Marquardt, Larissa Lacerda Menendez, Mark Münzel, Alice Pawlik, Clifford Saron, Volker Scheid, Jens Soentgen, Mona Suhrbier

      The German and the English editions are published by Kerber.
    2. Curators
      Dr. Mona B. Suhrbier (Curator, Americas and Deputy Director)

      Alice Pawlik (Curator, Visual Anthropology)
    3. Location and opening hours
      Weltkulturen  Museum
      Schaumainkai 29
      60594 Frankfurt

      Opening hours  
      Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
      Wed: 11am-8pm
      Thur-Sun: 11am-6pm 
    4. Admission fees
      €7 / reduced €3.50
      Free admission for children and young adults up to 18 years of age.

  • Sunday, 14. May 2023 to Sunday, 4. June 2023
    Shipibo Pot Stories. Patterns of the universe
    A multimedia animated ceremonial beer pot from the Peruvian Amazonian rain forest recounts the myths and worldviews of the Shipibo.
    Δ Shipibo Pot Stories. Patterns of the universe

    The universe of the Shipibo is filled with invisible patterns. But how do shamans perceive them? And how can the spheres of the cosmos be kept in balance? 

    In the spin-off exhibition “Shipibo Pot Stories. Patterns of the Universe”, a ceremonial beer pot by pottery maker Virgínia Maynas Piñon from the Amazonian rainforest recounts the myths and worldviews of the Shipibo.

    Featuring unique patterned drawings, these chomos beer pots visualise Shipibo stories about the cosmos. In this spin-off exhibition, one of the human faced pots, called joni chomo, by ceramic artist Virgínia Maynas Piñon is virtually brought to life for a period of three weeks. The multimedia installation - and thesis project - by artist and student René Appel allows the pot to speak, thanks to digital animation. Contemporary Shipibo artist Harry Pinedo advised Appel on the cultural content and contributed his own art works for the animations. This cooperative project connects contemporary Indigenous art and knowledge and the art of digital design.

    In addition to the beer pot, the exhibition also presents further Shipibo objects from the Weltkulturen Museum collection that all bear the typical kené patterns of the Shipibo. It explores these patterned drawings, which depict a universe in balance. The exhibition also examines the danger that the destruction of the rainforest poses to this balance.

    “Shipibo Pot Stories. Patterns of the Universe” augments the current major exhibition “healing. Life in Balance”, which presents a range of voices exploring healing, transformation and balance. 

    Artists involved:  René Appel,  Harry Pinedo,  Virgínia Maynas Piñon

    Curated by: Laura Heidemann 

    14 May - 04 June 2023
    Opening: Saturday, 13 May, 8pm (Night of the Museums)

    Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37

    Admission: Admission to the opening exclusively with the Night of the Museums ticket. (MuseumsuferCard holders and children under 12 years of age are admitted free of charge). Online advance ticket sales at: Museen-Ticket
    During the runtime: free of charge.