The State of Berlin has commissioned Kulturprojekte Berlin to realise the Berlin Exhibition in the Humboldt Forum. Since March 2015, we have been developing this major cultural project for presentation in the partially reconstructed Berlin Palace. This includes overseeing exhibition production, communication and educational programmes. We act as the operational interface between the State of Berlin and the many Humboldt Forum partners, particularly the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, as well as other partners throughout the city.
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 in the Humboldt Forum. Spies and his team are responsible for the Berlin Exhibition’s conception both thematically and in terms of content. Helmed by Brinda Sommer (head of the curatorial team), the team includes six curators (Dr. Frauke Miera, Dr. Lorraine Bluche, Martin Düspohl, Idil Efe, PD Dr. Daniel Morat, Peter Schwirkmann), as well as Edith Hirte and Cécile Bründlmayer from Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH in an advisory role. An initial, jointly prepared exhibition concept was presented to the public in July 2016 and will continue to evolve until the planned opening of the exhibition in autumn 2019. The process is accompanied by a scholarly advisory board as well as by ongoing dialogue with associations, initiatives, advocacy groups and institutions. After the opening, plans foresee integrating the Berlin Exhibition in 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 is dedicated to the network of relationships between Berlin and the world. Globalisation, social change, and processes of international transfer are transforming life in cities worldwide. From this perspective, the exhibition looks at historical and contemporary developments that connect Berlin with the globe at large. It focuses on particular topics and narratives concerning migration, war, fashion, entertainment, borders, free spaces, and revolution.
The exhibition incorporates experiences gleaned from conversations and workshops with people of all backgrounds living in Berlin, with initiatives, associations and institutions, culminating in a diversity of voices and stories that in many cases reveal something unknown and surprising. Visitors are invited to add their own experiences to the exhibition. Expansive installations, projections, and original objects allow stories to be experienced with all five senses, while participatory formats and links to other museums, places, and institutions in the city – and within the Humboldt Forum itself – ultimately make the exhibition a lively place for encounter, discovery and communication.
The Humboldt Forum: A lively place for interlinkage, communication and participation
Occupying 4,000 square metres, the Berlin Exhibition plays an integral part in the Humboldt Forum’s overall concept. The exhibition, along with the neighbouring interdisciplinary ‘laboratory’ of the Humboldt University, represents the State of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum. Both spaces are located at the centre of the building, surrounded by the collections of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst and the Ethnologisches Museum - which pertain to Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz -, various event spaces and a presentation of the location’s history. The Berlin Exhibition positions itself as a nexus within the Humboldt Forum, both spatially and in terms of content. It links the cultures of the world on the Forum’s upper floors to the city of Berlin – to its internationality, its past, and its present.
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