Lange Nacht der Museen Berlin 31.8.2019

Reaching Out for the Future. Fantasies of the future around 1900

Blackbox #7


Lunar expeditions, colonization of other planets, underwater worlds and fully automated cities: on the threshold to the twentieth century, the world appeared to be full of promise. The modern machine age had begun and promised seemingly endless possibilities. Fascinated by new technology and inspired by literary visions of the future, artists and caricaturists created images of the future rich in fantasy. Their motifs found wide distribution as illustrations in books or journals or in the form of collectible cards or postcards. Early film also looked toward the future with particular intensity and wide variety. “Reaching Out for the Future” also kicks off a major outreach project at Bröhan-Museum that seeks to explore individual and collective, social models of the future.

5 KL