The State of Berlin commissioned Kulturprojekte Berlin to carry out the Berlin Exhibition at the Humboldt Forum. Since March 2015, Kulturprojekte Berlin has been developing this major cultural project for presentation in the partially reconstructed Berlin Palace. This includes overseeing the production, the communications and – together with the Stadtmuseum Berlin – the educational programmes which are universally accessible and inclusive.
In February 2016, the Berlin Senate appointed Paul Spies the director of the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin and the chief curator for the State of Berlin at the Humboldt Forum. Spies and his team are responsible for the Berlin Exhibition’s subject matter and content. Their work is accompanied by a scholarly advisory board as well as by ongoing dialogue with associations, initiatives, advocacy groups and institutions. After the opening, plans call for integrating the Berlin Exhibition at the Humboldt Forum into the Stadtmuseum Berlin as its sixth location.
The Berlin Exhibition: ‘The city of Berlin is the fabric of our stories.’
The exhibition will open on the first floor above ground of the Humboldt Forum in 2020. Its 4,000 square metres explore the web of relationships between Berlin and the world. Globalisation, social change, and international exchange are transforming life in cities worldwide. The exhibition reflects these developments as it examines historical and contemporary interconnections between Berlin and the world at large, highlighting aspects of Revolution, Free Space, Boundaries, Entertainment, War, Fashion, and Interconnection. Based on conversations and workshops with people of all walks of life in Berlin, and incorporating input from initiatives, associations and institutions, it presents a diversity of voices and stories that often reveal unknown and surprising sides of the city. Visitors are invited to contribute their own experience to the exhibition with the help of participatory and interactive formats. Expansive installations, multimedia projections, and original objects invite visitors to immerse themselves and take part in the stories.
The Humboldt Forum: A vibrant centre for discourse, discovery and dialogue
With the Berlin Exhibition, the Humboldt Laboratory (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), collections from the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz), the Site Museum, and numerous special shows and events, the Humboldt Forum – managed by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum – is becoming a new cultural hub in the centre of Berlin. The Humboldt Forum sees itself as a place of encounter, discovery and education. It provides wide-ranging views of art and culture across the globe, and offers new insights into the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Berlin Exhibition positions itself as a nexus within the Humboldt Forum, in terms of both space and content. It links the cultures of the world on the Forum’s upper floors to the city of Berlin – to its international connections, its past and its present.
The Humboldt Forum Highlights
The Humboldt Forum will begin opening on a successive basis in autumn 2019. To provide a taste of the many topics in its diverse collections and exhibitions, 15 highlights will be presented in advance. They and their stories will be the focus of a series of public talks that will heighten curiosity about what will soon be open at the Forum. The first two highlights of the Berlin Exhibition are the “Entertainment” room and the door of the vault that once protected the safe deposit boxes at the Wertheim department store, and after the fall of the Wall, marked the entrance to the legendary “Tresor” techno club. They, and further highlights to come, illustrate the multifaceted character of the exhibition.
The curatorial team directed by Paul Spies includes Brinda Sommer (team head), Dr. Frauke Miera, Dr. Lorraine Bluche, Martin Düspohl, Idil Efe, Dr. Daniel Morat and Peter Schwirkmann, along with Edith Hirte, Markus Sailer and Cécile Bründlmayer from the Stiftung Humboldt Forum in an advisory capacity.
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