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Berlin Exhibition in the Humboldt Forum

A new forum for Berlin and the world

The first floor of the Humboldt Forum will host an innovative Berlin Exhibition showing how Berlin interacts with the rest of the world. Divided into different spaces according to various themes, it will explore (urban) society and the people living within it, its living and working conditions, and the nature surrounding it. The focus will be on current issues related to the transfer of ideas, people, and things to and from Berlin, as well as the interdependence between the city and the wider world.

Humboldt-Forum, seen from Rathaus Bridge © Kulturprojekte Berlin | Foto: Alexander Rentsch

Berlin as a link

In the Humboldt Forum, Berlin will act as a link, making connections between the site itself and the dialogue forums on the basement and ground floors, as well as the centre of world cultures on the upper levels. The exhibition will not be telling a pre-determined success story. On the contrary, Berlin is a difficult protagonist.  Berlin’s essence is defined by its being a world city, a province, a green oasis, a late-born capital city, a cultural mecca, and an industrial metropolis, both in the past and the present. Berlin has at times stood, and indeed now stands before challenges that can be seen as exemplary of various eras and developments. Sometimes, Berlin has gone, and still goes, its own way.

Our historically condensed story places an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. It seeks to be socially relevant for the visitors of today. From the very earliest stages of its planning, this exhibition has pursued an approach that invites people to participate. Inclusive, accessible, clearly structured, and designed for watching, touching, and listening, the exhibition will simultaneously be a space for presentation and dialogue. In accordance with the concept of the Humboldt Forum as a place of encounter, discovery, reflection, and communication, the Berlin exhibition will place great value on communication with and among visitors.

Embark with us on an expedition through Berlin on the Humboldt Forum’s bel étage – a look at history from a modern perspective, that seeks to find answers to the challenges of the 21st century!

The Berlin Exhibition in the Humboldt Forum is a co-production of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin. The concept and contents of the exhibition are created by a team under the leadership of Paul Spies, Chief Curator of the State of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum and Director of the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin. Kulturprojekte Berlin is producing the exhibition and is responsible for its PR and outreach work. 

Berlin Exhibition in the Humboldt-Forum


Jana Sperling

Coordination Press and Communication Berlin Exhibition at Humboldt Forum

030 247 49 859


Brinda Sommer

Consultant of chief curator for the state of Berlin in the Humboldt Forum

+49 30 24002 170