A total of 15 exhibition stations feature objects that represent the past and the present of migration in Munich and invite visitors to adopt a new perspective. In addition, each of these stops has a tablet so that visitors can interact with additional objects and digital content related to that particular station. The exhibition texts and the additional interactive material have been translated into English and Modern Standard Arabic with a view to reaching the widest possible audience. Visitors can also use two participative modules to help put together their own collections on Munich's history of migration and join the debate on how the city should now start to view itself.
Further, Munich scenographer Juliette Israel’s design of this exhibition uses the additional exhibits and modules to underline the new direction that Münchner Stadtmuseum has now taken. Its installations clearly show that the process that the “Migration Moves the City” project first set in motion almost four years ago is far from complete. Further installations may indeed still be added, and locations and cross-references within the permanent exhibition remain flexible.
Finally, the exhibition also shines a spotlight on the perspectives of new immigrants to the city. In what different ways do new residents in Munich experience their arrival and settling-in period? Which locations are important to them, and what are their expectations or demands of the city? The actual perspective of the players in the migration narrative themselves plays a central role in the accompanying program. Residents with an immigrant background will jointly lead tours of the exhibition with curators and will talk about their own personal experiences and points of view. In 2019, these very people led tours in their own native languages, with the program being presented in seven languages for the first time, namely Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, German, Greek, Italian, and Turkish.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book of 252 pages, with more than 200 illustrations; it is the first volume published by Ursula Eymold and Andreas Heusler in the Allitera house "Münchner Beiträge zur Migrationsforschung” series. In addition to extensive documentation of the exhibition, the publication provides remarkable insights into the working methods and results of the four-year project entitled “Migration Moves the City.” Articles by the academic and technical advisors who have been a part of the project since its inception illustrate how it is anchored both in research and in civil society. The articles are authored by: Ursula Eymold, Isabella Fehle, Simon Goeke, Andreas Heusler, Hannah Maischein, Vivienne Marquart, Johannes Moser, Karolina Novinscak-Kölker, Grazia Prontera and Philip Zölls.
Project management: Ursula Eymold and Dr. Andreas Heusler