Yellow salon

Invitation to talk

The Oderbruchmuseum is a museum for landscape communication. It thrives on conversation, and in this salon we seek to talk to each other about topics relating to the region. In the lush picture frames, we present various facets of talking to each other from our interviews - listening, telling, questioning, discussing and casual exchange.

The old secretary in this room is a reminiscence of the famous salons of the women of Friedland in nearby Kunersdorf, where agriculture, art and intellect met. Here you will find an artist's book from the Loose Art publishing house: The agricultural letters of Henriette Charlotte von Itzenplitz to Albrecht Daniel Thaer around 1800edited and annotated by Heide Inhetveen and Heinrich Kaak, photo of the letters, facsimile and design by Christiane Wartenberg.

The secretary is the last surviving piece of furniture from Kunersdorf Castle, which was destroyed in the Second World War. Anyone browsing through the secretary can discover the special history of this piece of furniture.

You don't sit comfortably in the Yellow Salon, but you are on an equal footing with everyone else and share responsibility for the discussion. We have already discussed many topics here in an open, trusting and extremely productive manner. We announce salon discussions in our newsletter, but the room is also used spontaneously. If you have any suggestions about what should be discussed or would like to use the room yourself for a discussion with up to 20 people, please contact us!

Room Archive

2018 Zwischenraum - A Space Installation by Kerstin Baudis

Inside and outside, house and landscape, poor and rich - everything is connected.

For the annual theme of agriculture 2018, artist Kerstin Baudis explored the question of how land use in and around Altranft has changed the cultural landscape and the way people live together over time. She talked to people in the village, explored the landscape, did research. As a result, she used the existing furniture in the stately rooms of the castle to build walk-in interstitial spaces that reveal the loss and gain of cultural landscape dynamics.

In four interventions in the castle, she addressed the various facets of manorial agriculture - from the production of wealth to poverty, flight and the present - and found opportunities for creative counterparts in the fisherman's house. Just as it was visible in the manor house that wealth was sweated out through farm labor, it was now possible to see in the farm worker's house how the silverware escaped through the black kitchen's chimney and what labor time went into a bushel of grain. Kerstin Baudis' work, however, was not primarily about social injustice; above all, it established the connection between the different parts of the museum. The outside was reflected in the inside, the inside was turned inside out. This created the perception of an in-between space.

Kerstin Baudis' work was very valuable for the development of the museum. Not only did she enrich the annual theme with many interesting room installations, she also gave the museum an impulse for further courageous handling of the rooms that had been created during the time of the open-air museum. Respecting their character, but nevertheless introducing one's own questions and uses, has since succeeded in many places.

2017 The guest rooms. Room installation by Ellen Kobe

Artistic interventions with works by Beate Bendel, Ingo Biermann, Ellen Kobe, Achim Kühn, Coco Kühn, Petra Lottje, Tanja Ostojic, Fiene Scharp, Judith Siegmund, Elisabeth Sonneck and Astrid Weichelt.

From May 20 to December 2, 2017, Berlin artist Ellen Kobe presented "DIE GÄSTEZIMMER" at the Oderbruch Museum Altranft. She used the bed and chair, window and curtain, floor and table of the Wilhelminian furniture from the Charlotte von Mahlsdorf collection to lay traces that lead into the past and present of the Oderbruch. The wealth of the Altranft estate, which has melted away time and again, played a role, as did the experiences of the Altranft residents from the GDR era, when the castle was a cultural center. The experiences of the 1947 floods are reflected upon, as is the changing significance of women in the context of the manor's practice.

The vernissage of the exhibition project took place on May 20, 2017 in the form of Ellen Kobe's performance "Die Schimmelreiterin" with the participation of actor Thomas Bading.