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The Foundation's role

In accordance with its articles of association, the foundation Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss exclusively and directly pursues a number of objectives for public benefit, promoting art and culture, education, global thinking and tolerance in all cultural fields, understanding between peoples, and the preservation and maintenance of cultural heritage sites. With these goals in mind the foundation stages its own events and exhibitions.

The Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss will make suitable facilities in the reconstructed palace available free of charge to the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and users as specified by the city-state of Berlin.

The foundation's key tasks are:

  • Acting as the construction client and representing the owner's interests on behalf of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace
  • Coordinating and pooling the interests of the Humboldt Forum's users
  • Setting up a permanent exhibition on "The Historic Heart of Berlin – Identity and Reconstruction"
  • Staging cultural events and exhibitions

At the start of 2016 the foundation set up a subsidiary, Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH, to develop the cultural programme for the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace. Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH is tasked by the foundation with staging exhibitions at the Humboldt-Box and organizing a wide range of events in the run-up to the opening of the Humboldt Forum. The main function of Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH, however, is to ensure that everything at this brand-new cultural venue and meeting place in the heart of Berlin will function smoothly in practice.

Last but not least, securing donations for the reconstruction of the palace’s historical facades forms a crucial part of the foundation’s remit.

How the foundation Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss is organized

Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss carries out its tasks with a small team split into four areas: planning and building services, public relations, accounting and auditing, and legal.

The foundation is headed by the general director and chief cultural officer, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh, by the spokesman of the Executive Board, Johannes Wien, and chief technology officer, Hans-Dieter Hegner. The Executive Board reports to the Foundation Council. Lavinia Frey is the managing director of the Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH, which was established to organize the programme of events and exhibitions at the Humboldt Forum.

The Foundation Council is the foundation's highest decision-making body. Assisting it is the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Foundation Council on the basis of their exceptional ability to represent the foundation’s ideas and their willingness to become actively involved in supporting its aims.

The foundation's official bodies are the Foundation Council and the Executive Board.