DECEMBER 18, 2010 - MARCH 27, 2011
The exhibition "Freedom of Speech" questions and analyses the concept of freedom of speech and the ideological role it plays in Western democracy. Everything revolves around the question: What if only those who say the truth are allowed to speak? What consequences does the freedom of expression have for our society? How and where is this freedom instrumentalized? Justified questions, that would also have been apt in connection with the debate about Thilo Sarrazin's book and his racist comments in the media. However, this controversy also manifested itself in the cartoon dispute in 2005, when a right-wing Danish daily newspaper published the so-called "Muhammad cartoons." The ensuing conflict and the Iranian reaction in the form of a "Holocaust cartoon competition" provoked a public discussion on civil rights and liberties – the freedom of speech, expression, and the press – and truth.