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A “meeting in a coffee cup” is the name of the cross-religious sculpture in the room “Free Space”.
© Kulturprojekte Berlin and Stadtmuseum Berlin | Photo: Oana Popa-Costea

Meeting in a coffee cup: Menorah. Crescent. Cross.

In the room “Free Space” at BERLIN GLOBAL there is an area dedicated to the theme of faith. There is a cross-religious sculpture – originally intended as an alternative to the cross on the dome of the Humboldt Forum. In the series “Favourite Object” we present the sculpture.

by Stefanie Friedlhuber, Kulturprojekte Berlin
Ruthe Zunzth, Dorothea Schulz-Ngnomane and Gül Karaduman-Cerkez:
“What we love about Berlin is the diversity and the opportunity for encounters, preferably over a cup of coffee.”

The plastic was developed by three women from Berlin Ruthe Zuntz, Dorothea Schulz-Ngomane and Gül Karaduman-Çerkeş, as an alternative to the cross on the dome of the Humboldt Forum, and forged by Ahmad Yasin. 

BERLIN GLOBAL: In my View

Henri Vogel is a transgender religious and cultural scholar and activist who lives with his husband and cat in Berlin. In this video, Henri presents an extraordinary object in the room “Free Space”: “Meeting in a coffee cup: Menorah. Crescent. Cross.”

Curator ldil Efe tells us why the sculpture is her favourite object at BERLIN GLOBAL.

Idil Efe, 360° agent at the Stadtmuseum Berlin, stands in front of a projection.
© Kulturprojekte Berlin and Stadtmuseum Berlin | Photo: Oana Popa-Costea

What are your responsibilities in the BERLIN GLOBAL team?

Before joining BERLIN GLOBAL, I worked at Bürgerstiftung Neukölln for a long time. In the curatorial team of BERLIN GLOBAL, I worked participatively with Berliners and Berlin institutions, an appealing task for me that I enjoyed very much. I’m currently working as a DiversityAgent at Stadtmuseum Berlin.

Why is “Meeting in a coffee cup: Menorah. Crescent. Cross.” your favourite object?

The cross on the dome of the Humboldt Forum and the Bible verse neither epresent Berliners in their hybridity and diversity, nor the perspective of BERLIN GLOBAL. For me, the object is a way to rethink diversity and allows us to explore alternative ways to represent Berlin in its diversity, which is what we aim for.

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