The app for the exhibition Beyond Compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum

Until the opening of the Humboldt Forum the exhibition Beyond Compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum shows outstanding African works of art from the Ethnological Museum together with unique works taken from the European Sculpture Collection. Experimental juxtapositions and groupings of objects according to themes such power, death, beauty, identity, justice, and memory reveal their connections and differences.

This multimedia app is the ideal companion for a visit to the exhibition.

The most important functions at a glance:

A variety of tours through the exhibition

Short text and audio commentary from the curators on each object pairing

In-depth, partially multimedia content

Favourites list

App available in German or English

The exhibition stretches over the entire Bode-Museum: Artworks from both continents are displayed on the two main floors through 22 juxtaposed pairs of artworks. About a hundred further European and African objects are displayed in a special gallery, illuminating six overarching topics.

For each object pairing and group of works, the app offers interesting background information from the perspective of art, cultural history, and ethnology. It provides short introductions, as well as the possibility to delve deeper into the subject matter. The app can be updated after the exhibitions opening, with more information and commentaries due to be posted, revealing yet more perspectives.

You can choose time-based tours through the museum, explore the works on the basis of specific interests, or individually discover the exhibition and display contents on request as you stand before the objects. Every juxtaposition or group is located on a floor plan.

In addition, you can save your favourites and comfortably learn more about them after your visit.

Please feel free to send suggestions and comments to kommunikation@smb.spk-berlin.de.

The exhibition and app have been generously funded by the Kuratorium Preuischer Kulturbesitz.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.16.2


Release April 6, 2020
Date Added April 6, 2020
Version 1.16.2

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Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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