PHOTO: © Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Giuliani von Giese

Zeitgenössische Kunst im Humboldt Forum in Berlin

In the organizer's words:

Whether in the staircase hall, on the roof terrace or in the middle of the exhibition areas - on the surfaces of the Berlin Humboldt Forum one can discover numerous works of contemporary art, some of which take up a lot of space. In four competitions for seven locations in the Humboldt Forum, artists* were invited to address in their contributions the history of the site, its future use as an exhibition house and event center, as a place of education and science in the context of Humboldt's ideas, or the external appearance of the building. Seven works of art-on-building were realized, dealing with the history of the site, with the Humboldt Forum as a "place of the world", of encounter and exchange, making reference to colonialism and coloniality, or paying tribute to the namesakes, the brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt. These include:

  • Dellbrügge & de Moll The Architects (ground floor Small Foyer, in front of Hall 1 + 2).
  • Stefan Sous ZEITMASCHINE (2nd floor foyer in front of the Berlin exhibition)
  • An Seebach / Christiane Stegat: GLOBAL BAROCC - CCORAB LABOLG (2nd floor Ethnological Collections, 2nd + 3rd floor staircase)
  • Tim Trantenroth Untitled (2nd floor Ethnological Collections, 2nd + 3rd floor staircase)
  • Kang Sunkoo Statue of Limitations (2nd floor, central staircase)
  • Antje Schiffers / Thomas Sprenger Insurgentes Sur (roof terrace)
  • Emeka Ogboh The Cosmos - Things Fall Apart (roof terrace)

Also in the exhibitions of the Ethnological Museum, the Museum of Asian Art and the Berlin State Museum, works by artists from various societies of origin enrich the collections. Whether Ai Wei Wei's Teahouse under a contemporary interpretation of a Chinese pagoda roof by Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu or the modern interpretation of a teahouse by the architectural firm URA Architects & Engineers, all works invite exciting discussions. Among the works to be discovered are:

  • Untitled by fashion designer Cynthia Schimming in the Namibia Collections.
  • Township Walls by António Ole in the Africa section
  • "Codex Humboldt Fragment 1 / Codex Azoyú Reverso" by artist Mariana Castillo Deball in the Mesoamerica section
  • the installation Indignation by Justine Gaga in the module Colonial Entanglements
  • the 375 m² mural: New York Urban Artists How and Nosm (Berlin Global)

In addition to these examples, there are many other exciting works to be discovered. The work by Wolfgang Mattheuer "Guten Tag" in the central stairwell of the Humboldt Forum from the former gallery in the Palace of the Republic should also be mentioned.

Except for the exhibition Berlin Global and the special exhibition areas, all areas in the Humboldt Forum are accessible free of charge. Go on a tour of discovery!

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Humboldt Forum Schloßplatz 10178 Berlin

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