“In recent years the Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre has distinguished itself with superbly designed special shows, and is one of the leading museums and exhibition venues in Germany”, stated CEO Anton Kathrein about his company’s commitment. With the theme of rainforests, it is particularly important to not only show diversity and beauty but also to point out the threat to this unique ecosystem. “Every year an area the size of Greece is being cleared, and visitors get to see with their own eyes how important it is to actively contribute to the preservation of our environment.”
The Veranstaltungs und Kongress GmbH Rosenheim (VKR) (Culture and Congress Centre Rosenheim) has invested nearly 2.5 million euros in the exhibition. Among other things, a new sound and lighting system was installed and a “jungle” sauna was integrated. “With the rainforest topic we’re entering completely new territory”, said the VKR CEO Peter Lutz. “Never before have so many scientists from so many different fields participated in the design of an exhibition at the Lokschuppen.”
Special attention was paid to make the exhibition appealing to families, informed Mr. Lutz. A rainforest path for the children has been installed for example where they can wrestle with a jaguar or marvel at a trail of marching ants. During the school holidays, various workshops are on offer, and in addition to regular and family tours, there are also various special tours for school classes or senior citizens.
Coordinating curator of the exhibition is Professor Dr. Christian Feest, former Director of the Ethnological Museum in Vienna. “It was a challenge for me to relate a generally intelligible story about the rainforest with the help of the modules provided by my colleagues,” said Feest. Different approaches and also contradictions of the individual disciplines have made the task all the more fascinating.
Rosenheim’s Mayor Gabriele Bauer pointed out in her inaugural speech how important it is to understand the global significance of rainforests. “For each and every one of us it’s essential not just to treasure them as a “life insurance” for humanity, but also to understand them. The exhibition in the Lokschuppen successfully achieves this. “It stimulates your curiosity and encourages you to consider your own attitudes towards consumer behaviour” said the Mayor.