Stories and fairytales connect generations! As an important medium for the transmission of knowledge, they can be found in all cultures.

In the exhibition GREY IS THE NEW PINK, poems, a fairytale collection and pieces of art from various parts of the world interpret this transmission in different ways.

For example, the German artist Albino (André Günther) plays with the widespread image of a storytelling “granny in a rocking chair” in his Graffiti work. If you take a peek behind the scenes of his work, a black light torch reveals DNA strands, alluding to digital processes and social media. Here, the new dimension of ageing is a challenge to change our perceptions and rethink age. Albino tries to show that everything – no matter if human, technology or environment – ages at some point.

In the reading corner of the exhibition, you can find the book series “Fairytales of World Literature”. In 1912, Eugen Dietrichs published the first book in the Dietrichs Verlag. Until 2003, 172 books from all over the world followed. Dietrichs, above all, cared about cultural and historical education which is transmitted through the reading of fairytales. Once a month, in the Matineetour, older readers read fairytales to the youngest visitors, while parents and grandparents are guided through GREY IS THE NEW PINK.

85-year-old Helga finds another approach: Together with her grandson Jannik, she has been reading fairytales in YouTube videos since 2016. While her grandson takes care of the technical side of things, she reads fairytales aloud for her almost 200,000 subscribers. Here, you can take a look at her channel.

The Syrian-Palestinian poet, author and journalist Ramy Al-Asheq guides visitors all the way through GREY IS THE NEW PINK. No matter if about love, death or traditions, the Arabic poems of the award-winning poet find final statements for every room of the exhibition. Placed in the doorframes, they combine the different topics of the exhibition in a natural way. Also the Kalinga women from the Philippines pass on their knowledge on tattoo art via poetry.

The interplay of image and word in the form of photo and poetry also found its place in the exhibition in the context of the Call for Content, in which people from all over the world were asked to send their personal view on ageing. In “The Old Tree”, Frank A. Leithäuser expresses his thoughts on youth, as well as the process of ageing and settling down, in the metaphor of a big tree. Also the occurring weaknesses of ageing are thematized. But: The old tree fights to stand its ground a little longer.

Before the opening of GREY IS THE NEW PINK, children of a secondary school and older students of the University of Third Age shared their perspectives and opinions on ageing and formed a dialogue between young and old. A selection of the texts from the workshop “TextgestAlter” can be found in the exhibition.

Take a seat in the reading corner, take a look at some fairytales from all over the world and get enchanted by poetry!

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