Never before in the 30-year history of the Skulptur Projekte has arts education played as important a role as it did during the 2007 exhibition. “One of our chief aims is to encourage visitors to talk about the role of art in the public sphere. We want to make art in public space something that can be experienced firsthand,” said art educator Heike Kropff. To help achieve this goal, skulptur projekte münster 07offered a wide-ranging outreach programme open to people of all ages.
A total of 302 public tours, including tours for the deaf and hearing impaired, provided visitors with an excellent introduction to the exhibition. For people with mental disabilities, the LWL-Landesmuseum Kunst und Kulturgeschichte organised five different tour programmes, each with its own unique theme. Tours of the Archive 77/87/97/07 exhibition in the atrium of the LWL-Landesmuseum Kunst und Kulturgeschichte were also available.
Visitors could rent multimedia guides, which provided background information on the various sculptures and contain maps and suggested itineraries. Those who wanted to experience the exhibition using Münster’s favourite form of transportation could take part in one of the bicycle tours.
Children, youth, and families took part in the sommerakademie. With its 600 square metres of floor space and broad range of activities, the academy provided an exciting venue for young people to discover skulptur projekte münster 07 and creatively explore the relationship between art and the public sphere.
For two weeks during the exhibition, velo lounge was open to students and other young people who want to discover art in a unique and relaxed atmosphere. Between 27 June and 11 July 2007, a cocktail bar and teams of DJs, both using mobile bicycle-based platforms, did set up site next to individual sculptures. Young art students and art enthusiasts provided guests with information about the artworks and ensured that there will be no lack of things to talk about.
Last, but not least, a children’s book was published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. Written in German by Johannes Stahl and illustrated by Christoph Mett and Philipp Seefeldt, the book helps children draw connections between their own lives and the works of art on display throughout the city.