History

If Berlin were a brand, history would be its core USP. With open-air exhibitions and events taking place throughout the city, Berlin makes it possible for the general public to experience history while also proving that it’s possible to convey even the most challenging historical themes in a popular manner.

Berlin was shaped by the 20th century more than most other cities in the world. Visitors to Berlin and Berliners themselves continue to be fascinated by the city's past, especially the Berlin Wall and the Nazi era. When Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, the LICHTGRENZE and DOMINO events reached millions of people both at home and abroad. The reception was equally as strong in 2013, when the city reflected on the persecution and forced conformity of the Nazi era with year-long events focusing on the theme of ZERSTÖRTE VIELFALT (Diversity Destroyed). Our organisation was responsible for developing these and many other large-scale projects from the original idea all the way to the design and implementation. Today, we continue to bring different partners together, working with them on unconventional new ideas that bring history to life for all to experience. Most of our unique urban-space projects create a link to the present time. For example, the large-scale photos commemorating the 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WWII in 2015 were located on the very same spots where the historical photographs were taken. On the occasion of BERLIN'S 775TH BIRTHDAY in 2012, we contextualised stories of migration and immigration on the former Palace Square with a city map in a 1:775 scale. Also, on the very spot where the HUMBOLDT FORUM is currently being built on a 4,000 square metre space, we are creating an exhibition exploring the many links connecting Berlin and the world.

Current Projects

Humboldt Forum

As a meeting place, the Humboldt Forum will open up architecturally to all sides, inviting everyone to engage in discussions on content and goals.

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Archived Projects

May '45 – Spring in Berlin

Berlin was a destroyed city in the spring of 1945. The war and the Nazi regime had left deep wounds – not just on the city itself.

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25 Years Fall of the Wall

Berlin’s anniversary project 2014 – the LICHTGRENZE, a light installation along the former course of the wall in the centre of Berlin around November 9.

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Diversity Destroyed

A joint effort to span the chasm between the diversity destroyed by the Nazi regime to Berlin's new-found diversity as an international centre.

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775 Years of Berlin

The Berlin of 2012 is a re-united, international and culturally diverse European metropolis. Time to look back its history.

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