15th July until 9th September 2020


Self-portraits of children in Corona times from all over the world

How do children see themselves in Corona times? What do they deal with? What fears and dreams do they have? How has the state of emergency changed the lives of children and young people?

In recent months, the International Youth Library has invited children from all over the world to portray themselves during these times. The response was overwhelming: children and young people from 42 countries on all continents sent in their self-portraits. In total, well over 800 pictures were received, including from France, Italy, Armenia, the Ukraine, Iran, Japan, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, the USA and many more. Children aged 3 to 18 years show their faces: some grey and frightened, others colourful and lively, sometimes with a breathing mask, sometimes without - mostly with big, alert eyes.

The call as well as the idea of creating an exhibition from the pictures sent in was inspired by Jella Lepman, the founder of the International Youth Library, who as early as 1952 collected over 300 self-portraits of children from thirty countries and showed them in the exhibition "Ich selbst - myself - moi même".

Having already made the portraits available in an online exhibition, the International Youth Library is now showing a selection of the impressive self-portraits in 'Children paint themselves' - supplemented by photos of the children who created them.

Foyer im Herrenhaus

Opening Hours:
Mo - Fr 10 am - 4 pm
Sa / So 12 - 5pm

Free entry!