What connects the humped bull Nandi, cuauhcoatl the eagle-serpent, a feather Madonna, the marble statue of Frederick III, an safe door and the wet specimen of a gorilla’s hand? The answer is that they are all forerunners of the collections which will soon be displaying their exceptional objects in the Humboldt Forum.
They illustrate the diversity of themes from science and art, nature and culture, history and society, as well as the different perspectives from yesterday and today, near and far, which will be reconfigured in the heart of Berlin.
The first 15 of these Humboldt Forum Highlights will be presented between October 2018 and May 2019 in two formats: in an exhibition as well as during conversations that will be held at various locations in Berlin. These material witnesses all provide a first impression of the plethora of exciting histories and contemporary issues they are connected with. And it remains to be seen whether further, completely unexpected associations can be discovered.
The presentation of the first 15 Humboldt Forum Highlights will be accompanied by the Tagesspiegel and rbb Kultur and complemented by new perspectives on the objects.
Inspired by the eponymous Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt and their joy in exploring the world with open eyes and comprehending it as an interwoven system of nature and culture, the Humboldt Forum will establish a new venue for experiencing, learning and encounter. By bringing together the internationally outstanding Berlin collections, the Humboldt Forum provides insights into the art and cultures of the world, spanning epochs and continents. Over 20,000 works of art, spiritual objects and everyday items from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania, together with current research and science, the history of Berlin, as well as diverse exhibitions and events, will inspire new knowledge about the worlds of the past, present and future.