DAS SILBERNE PFERD | Pergamon Museum | Berlin 2010


Who were the Scythians? How did the Sarmatians wage war? Where exactly is the Caucasus located? And what in this impassable region interested German and Polish researchers enough to journey there? The archealogical exhibition “The Silver Horse” shows discoveries from the horse-riding nomadic folk of the Caucasus region and the Black Sea. The finds made their way to Europe in the hands of German and Polish archeologists and collectors around the year 1900.

Anisa Azouz, Kyra Porada, Laura Weidenfeller and I ( created the concept and designed, produced, and built up the whole archaeological exhibition DAS SILBERNE PFERD at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. It ran from November 26th, 2010 untill March 13th, 2011. 98,000 visitors came to see it!

In cooperation with: Anisa Azouz,  Kyra Porada & Laura Weidenfeller, Prof. Harry Vetter
Photo: Vanessa Ewert




The visitor is guided through the exhibition by an imaginary omniscient protagonist. The guest is invited to enter an oversized version of the protagonist‘s journal, which visually documents his trip amongst the Nomads in the Caucasus. The audience experiences the world of the Nomads and the site of thearchaeological finds from a first-hand perspective.

A dynamic ink stroke guides the way of the visitor along the long stairway to the entrance of the exhibition to a journey through a travel and excavation journal of an fictitious narrator who is in search of new treasures, such as the SILBERNES PFERD.

In this room the visitor can learn more about the journey and former travel conditions during the 18th/19th century to the Caucasus region. Each travel case contains audio extracts from travel diaries of several explorers and archaeologists who undertook the risks and adventure of the long journey for the sake of new discoveries.

There are three dark rooms where six of the most important Polish and German archaeologists are introduced together with some of their excavations and collected objects. (Everything is hand-drawn.)


The hand-drawn setting puts the visitor physically in the landscape of the narrator´s first stop: The North Caucasus.

On the platform a nice panoramic overview of the scenery is visible. Digital photos of the real landscape are shown in the boxes.

PHOTOS: Vanessa Ewert, Benedikt Grischka, Iben Zorn, Kyra Porada