With the new exhibition "Hey Hamburg, do you know Duala Manga Bell?" the MARKK takes up the topics of colonial heritage and racism for young visitors and families. The exhibition tells the life stories of the Cameroonian royal family Duala Manga Bell and the effects of colonialism on personal lives, families and society as well as the dynamics of international resistance networks.
This experimental exhibition was created in cooperation with Princess Marilyn Douala Manga Bell, great-granddaughter of Rudolf Duala Manga Bell. It tells the tragic but true story of Rudolf Duala Manga Bell and his comrades-in-arms Rudolf Ngoso Din and Maria Mandessi Bell and their peaceful resistance against the greed of the colonial masters and merchants. The unscrupulousness with which they break their own rules becomes Rudolf Duala Manga Bell's undoing. Until the end they believed in the equality of all people and resisted the expropriation plans of the Germans.
The exhibition focuses on the graphic novel "The Past is a Way" by Nigerian artist Karo Akpokiere. It also brings together historical archival and photographic holdings, contemporary artworks, objects from MARKK's Duala collection, and outstanding loans from other museums.
An exhibition of great relevance: Because the story is not over. People continue to fight for their rights and a new relationship with the world.
Bring your own headphones for the listening stations in the exhibition!
The exhibition is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation with funds from MARKK in Motion, part of the "Initiative for Ethnological Collections" and the program 360° - Fund for Cultures of the New Urban Society, the Rudolf Augstein Foundation, the Mara & Holger Cassens Foundation and the Friends of the Museum am Rothenbaum.
With support from the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius for the production of the exhibition catalog. The educational program was supported by the Commerzbank Foundation.
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