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Queen Luise (1776–1810) is the most popular woman in Prussian history and one of the most outstanding individuals in the Hohenzollern dynasty. To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Luise's death in 2010, the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) is presenting three exhibitions at historical locations where she lived and made an impact.
The romantic Peacock Island, situated in the Havel River, was regarded by the queen and her family as one of their favorite locations to enjoy life in nature. The island is providing the setting for an innovative exhibition project in this year dedicated to Luise. For the first time, the SPSG is presenting a connection between international contemporary art and the established synthesis of the arts on Peacock Island.
Postitions of contemporary art
Six contemporary artists examine the landscape of the island and the life of the queen. Through their works they trace Luise's desires, integrate the atmosphere of the location and open a new view onto the varied history of the island and the Prussian royal house.
Altogether 18 sites of artistic intervention can be discovered across the entire island. The artists in the exhibition have designed their works in dialogue with the featured landscape and island architecture: Sylvie Bussières (CAN) "En Passant," Christian Engelmann (GER) "Max. One Minute," Joan Fontcuberta (ESP) "The Institute of Cryptornithology," Michael Lukas (GER) "Parquet," Robert Stieve (GER) "Acorns," and Martin Weimar (GER) "Army of Hydrangeas."
In addition, the installation "Blind Pavilion" (2003) by Olafur Eliasson
(DEN) can be found on the northeastern shore of the island for the
duration of the 2010 season.
Discover Peacock Island anew
Additionally, park buildings that were not previously accessible to visitors will open their gates for the first time this year, including the Cavalier House, the Hunter's Blind and the Nursery. Here – and in the picturesque Dairy – Michael Lukas and Martin Weimar are staging themes such as "Island History," "Hunting," and the "Foliage Plant Fashion."
Cinema for the ears: Audio presentations
Individually-shaped, bright orange benches situated at prominent points
on the island entice visitors to rest. Whoever takes a break here can use
their own mobile telephone to access audio collages on aspects such as
"Games and Festivals", "Luise and the War" or "The Royal Menagerie."
Tip: Free download of the audio presentations:
Peacock Island, a flora and fauna habitat of the European Union and a nature reserve, has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1990.
Download Flyer [>>>]
"Luise. The Queen's Island World."
ca. 130 pages with numerous color illustrations
Editor: SPSG / 9.95 EUR
Espresso & more on the lawn
Pandoras Individual Caterings provides for visitors' physical well-being
Museumshops – Where your purchase becomes a donation
In our museum shop in the ferry building on Peacock Island, you will find a wide
selection of gifts pertaining to "Luise."
MISS PRUSSIA 2010.
THREE EXHIBITIONS FOR THE QUEEN.
Please also visit:
LUISE. THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE QUEEN.
March 6 – May 30, 2010, Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace
LUISE. THE QUEEN'S CLOTHES.
July 31 – October 31, 2010, Paretz Palace