Last week I attended the workshop „Verdichtete Wirklichkeit. Das Diorama“, which took place in „Halle an der Saale“ near Leipzig. The participants and lecturers were an interesting mix of preparators, museum theorists, museum directors, art history professors, scenographers and students.

Just some of the questions we discussed were:

What makes a diorama a diorama? Is it better or easier to work with 3D-modells or to make models by hand? Why do kids love dioramas so much? Why do dioramas often have a „historical smell“?

Must a diorama educate or can it also just be beautiful? When is a diorama a communication medium and when is it art per se?

The workshop was hosted by „Museumsakademie“ in cooperation with the „Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg“ together with the „Tieranatomisches Theater, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin“.

Text and photos by Verena Kolm