17. and 18. February 2022

There will be an award ceremony in Kassel on February 17th and a digital tour in a cinema in the Lower Rhine area on February, 18th.

Museum Virtual – Exhibition Award 2021

Since 2020, under the conditions of the Corona pandemic, numerous museums have entered the virtual space with their exhibition or have expanded their presence there. Thus, the contact and exchange with the visitors could be maintained, despite often closed doors. Since then, the Museum for Sepulchral Culture has also been represented on Museum Virtuell with all its exhibitions since 2020. The rooms, texts and exhibits can be experienced in 360° mode thanks to modern 3D technology. These elaborate scans of the exhibitions are supported and produced by the managing director of Museum Virtuell, Dirk Leiber.

In 2021, the digital platform Museum Virtuell will award its own exhibition prize for the first time. According to the jury's decision, the 2021 exhibition prize will go to the Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel and honor the exhibition "Suizid – Let's talk about it!" Actor Hendrik Duryn (known, for example, from "The Teacher," RTL) will present it to the museum in February. On February 18, a virtual tour is planned in the cinema "Goli-Theater" in Goch on the Lower Rhine. During this tour on the big cinema screen, museum director Dr. Dirk Pörschmann will guide viewers* through the museum from Kassel. Hendrik Duryn will be present in person at the cinema and will initiate a discussion together with expert consultant and psychiatrist Dr. Wolfgang Komhard and managing director Dirk Leiber.

"Everyone knows someone who has had to deal with it. There are people who have tried to take their own lives, relatives who can't get out of brooding, patients who can no longer see any other ways out of their suffering, society that casts prejudice on it, legislators who regulate it, associations that support it," writes Dirk Leiber about the winning exhibition.

We are very happy about this award and are looking forward to the discussion!


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur

Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Weinbergstraße 25–27
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
Tel. +49 (0)561 918 93-0

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