The Open Spaces

Create your own exhibit!

The BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition focuses on connections between Berlin and the rest of the world. It follows seven central topics: Revolution, Free Space, Boundaries, Entertainment, War, Fashion and Interconnection.

Here, different views and opinions are key: there is never only one correct standpoint but many different slants and experiences.

Your perspectives are more than welcome!

Would you like to plan and create an entire exhibition together with our team?

Do you have something to say about:

  • The world in Berlin?
  • Some aspect of BERLIN GLOBAL?
  • Connections between Berlin and another place in the world?

On the Open Spaces you are invited to do just that. We are looking for projects that make visible unknown, underappreciated or activist perspectives and topics. We provide the budget and other museum resources.

Currently the Open Spaces application is closed. The next call for submissions will begin in 2023.

Current projects


How to apply

New call for proposals begins in early 2023

Apply now


We are looking for projects that make visible unknown, underrepresented, underappreciated or activist perspectives and topics.

Presentations on the Open Spaces can comment on, add to, expand or critically question the exhibition BERLIN GLOBAL. They can offer a more in-depth view, a completely new perspective, or a jarring intervention in terms of content or design. Inspiration for the Open Spaces can come from the thematic rooms of the Berlin Exhibition, or else the overarching topic “Berlin and the World”. The Open Spaces can also highlight aspects that are not touched on in the remaining exhibition.

Open Space projects do not need to take an artistic approach – we are happy to help develop the presentation together.

Groups should apply with a concrete idea for an Open Space exhibit.

The concept

The Open Spaces are three bright blue areas within the BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition. Open Space A is in the room “Interconnection” and is best suited to hanging flat works along the five wall sections (in total 13.6 running metres). Open Space B in the room “Berlin Images” and Open Space C between the rooms “Boundaries” and “Entertainment” offer 28 and 36 m2 respectively.

Groups of private individuals or representatives of an organisation, an association, an initiative, etc. can apply. The project must involve at least three people.

Call for applications

Every 12–18 months, we invite the public to submit ideas for exhibitions in BERLIN GLOBAL’s three Open Spaces. Currently the application process is closed. A new call for submissions will begin in fall 2022.


As soon as the call for submissions is open, you can apply directly over the online form.

You can answer all of the questions about your idea, its relevance, and BERLIN GLOBAL either in writing, or in photos, videos, drawings or audio files. You can even send a combination. Further instructions can be found on the application page.

If you need help filling out the form, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Jury Decision

The jury is made up of people representing different parts of Berlin’s civil society. They meet after the application period ends to discuss the submissions and choose projects for all three Open Spaces. For each Open Space, two projects are selected: first and second place. If the first project doesn’t work out, then the second project will be contacted.

The jury will select three projects that best fit the following criteria:

  • The applicants are a group of private individuals, and/or representatives of an organisation, an initiative or an association. The project must involve at least three people.
  • The project makes visible unknown, underappreciated or activist voices and/or issues, especially those that are not represented elsewhere in the exhibition.
  • The project has a topical relevance.
  • The project’s focus somehow relates to BERLIN GLOBAL, either filling a gap or standing in contradiction to the rest of the exhibition. The project does not centre on the applicants’ self-promotion.
  • The application presents a specific idea for an exhibit in one of the Open Spaces, including initial thoughts about the presentation itself.
  • The project does not have any commercial goals.
  • The project does not have any party-political goals.
  • The project will be developed solely for an Open Space and has not been exhibited anywhere else.
  • The project is not a solo exhibition by an individual person.
  • The project respects human dignity. It does not contain any insults; obscenities; personal attacks; content that glorifies violence; content that is racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic, sexist or discriminatory or defamatory in any other way. None of the participants promotes this type of content in any other context.

The jury will not judge the professionalism of the applications.

Finally, the jury will ensure that – taken together – the three projects they choose cover as large a diversity of topics and perspectives as possible. The individual applicants have no bearing on this, but it will play a part in the jury’s decision.

Specification of the project idea

After the jury’s decision, we will plan the next steps with you over the course of about a month. Together, we will create a plan of action for your project, work out a budget, set up a timeline and draft a cooperation agreement. More specifically:

  • We will clarify your and our roles in the project.
  • We will decide whether we want to work with an external design and/or media company.
  • We will make sure that your project idea can actually be implemented within the budget we provide and the framework of the Open Space.
  • If it is not possible to agree on a common workable basis within the resources available, the process can be ended by either party.

Cooperation agreement

  • We will then draft and sign a cooperation agreement summarising all of the above decisions.

Project development and implementation

  • Each project is developed and realised jointly over a period of 9 months (“project phase”). Since the Open Space exhibits are staggered, it is possible that several months will pass between signing the cooperation agreement and beginning the project phase (see FAQ: Timeline).
  • You are the curators of the Open Space: You will further develop your idea, research the exhibition content and decide what will be shown and what it should look like. The only limits are laid out in our “Rules for working together”.
  • We will support you with experience and infrastructure from different areas of the Stadtmuseum. We will give you feedback on your content, coordinate cooperation with external companies and are also responsible for budget


  • At the end of the project phase, we will unveil your exhibition and celebrate with you and the public!
  • Your exhibition is then open for one year in the BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition, accompanied by special events and educational offerings.
  • We will showcase the Open Space on our website and advertise it on diverse social media.


  • It’s important to us that the Open Spaces – just like the BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition – speak to a very broad public. To facilitate this, we have developed binding inclusion and construction guidelines.
  • The “Ground rules” describe our communication with each other and the limits of what can be said. They apply both to us and to you. Additional points can be included in the cooperation agreement.
  • The Humboldt Forum has house rules for visitors to the entire site, including BERLIN GLOBAL.

Throughout the project, both sides have the option to call on an external mediator in case of conflict.

Ground rules

Application process

  • Submission deadline for applications – 31 October 2021
  • Jury meeting / selection – Late November 2021
  • Notification – Early December 2021

Open Space A (Interconnection)

  • Specification of the project idea – December 2021 to January 2022
  • Development / realisation – February to October 2022
  • Opening – November 2022
  • Exhibition with accompanying programme – November 2022 to October 2023

Open Space B (Berlin Images)

  • Specification of the project idea – February 2022
  • Development / realisation – August 2022 to April 2023
  • Opening – May 2023
  • Exhibition with accompanying programme – May 2023 to April 2024

Open Space C (Boundaries / Entertainment)

  • Specification of the project idea – March 2022
  • Development / realisation – February to October 2023
  • Opening – November 2023
  • Exhibition with accompanying programme – November 2023 to October 2024

For each project, the Stadtmuseum provides a budget of between 20,000 and 40,000 Euros.

You don’t need a budget plan when you apply. The jury is solely interested in the project idea. We will work out the budget together after your project has been chosen, in the specification phase.

The budget must cover all costs of the Open Space presentation. This includes, among other things:

  • Exhibition design
  • Media design
  • Materials / equipment
  • Contracts for work and services / compensation for voluntary contributions
  • Licensing fees for film and photos
  • Costs related to exhibiting objects: borrowing fees, transportation, insurance
  • Copy-editing / translation

Costs of the accompanying educational and events programme, as well as external / press communication, are planned separately. The Stadtmuseum Berlin is responsible for budget administration.