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:
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:
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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