The Idea


What identifies capitalism as an economic and societal system? How does it arose? And how has it developed? Is there a relation between the economic system and different types of discrimination? And are there actually (existing) alternatives to capitalism? If so, how could they look like in a world where injustices around us are visible, and yet we know less and less what to do about it or how a good and righteous life may look like.

In the museum landscape, all kinds of different areas are covered. Only in the field of our social organization in general, and economy in particular, there seemed to be a large gap so far.

As a grassroots project with a bottom-up purpose, the Museum of Capitalism not only breaks with classic museum objectives, but also with their representations. Historically, the narrative that has been written in and through museums, was the the story of rulers and gentry. The communication was one-sided, the content given. In contrast to that, in the Museum of Capitalism the audience is shaping many parts of the exhibition itself. The Museum of Capitalism is a place for everyone: free of charges, accessible and multilingual. A place, in which abstract interrelations are touchable and testable, in which utopian visions can be created and the contributions of visitors are changing the exhibitions constantly. It is a place which raises questions and encourages discussions as well as actions.

A change of the world has to start with an understanding of the existent. Welcome to the Museum of Capitalism!