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marzo 09, 2022 - Humboldt Forum

Highlights: spring and summer 2022 program

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Berlin, March 9, 2022

Around 500,000 visitors visited the exhibitions in the #humboldtforum. Highlights of the cultural program in the coming months include the special exhibition Songlines from Australia, new concerts by the Resident Music

Collective, the premiere of the music dance theater Mexico Aura and the opening events of the program for the Palace of the Republic. In September 2022, the second part of the collection presentations of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art will open.

Since the successful opening of the #humboldtforum in July and September 2021, around 500,000 visitors have visited the exhibitions and around 110,000 more have attended the events. In the coming months, the cultural program with numerous formats will offer multi-perspective contexts for the topics of the house. Special exhibitions, artistic in-house productions as well as discourse, #event and mediation offers associated with the collections and exhibitions are planned. The focus is on dealing with the history of the place, the Humboldt brothers and post-colonial voices and perspectives.

General Manager #hartmutdorgerloh: “War and destruction are raging again in our immediate vicinity, with consequences for the whole world. We feel closely connected to the local people and those fleeing, as well as to their families and friends worldwide. And we are encouraged in our task of living diversity in the #humboldtforum as a cosmopolitan place for critical exchange and cultural debates in exchange with national and international cooperation partners and visitors and to offer a platform for polyphony."

The multi-year program The Palace of the Republic is present explores the meaning of this place, which is still relevant today, and asks about power and participation. It deals with the Palace of the Republic in several phases: as a political and cultural center in the GDR, through the site of the peaceful revolution and the first freely elected People's Chamber, through the palace debate and cultural interim uses to the demolition and the place in memory and begins on 30 April and 1 May 2022 with a themed weekend. From May 12th to 15th, 2022 the WENDECIRCUS will be a guest. The Palace Edition! in the Schlueterhof. Further events and a special exhibition are being prepared for the next few years.

From June 17 to October 30, 2022, the #humboldtforum will be the only German-language station to host the multi-award-winning special exhibition Songlines. Seven Sisters Create Australia presented by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Songlines , presented in #berlin by the #humboldtforum Foundation in the #berlin Palace in cooperation with the Ethnological Museum of the #berlin State Museums, tells one of the central creation stories of the Australian continent and was curated by representatives of indigenous communities from the Central and Western Deserts.

The performative lecture series The Humboldt Experiment, staged by Brazilian director Mirah Laline, creates encounters between Humboldt researchers from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and #contemporaryart. Postcolonial perspectives of artists from Latin America thus enter into a dialogue with research by and about Alexander von Humboldt. Media artist Nelson Vergara from Bogotá and Humboldt expert Tobias Kraft will kick things off on March 17, 2022. At the center of the performative encounter is Humboldt's ascent to the Chimborazo.

Several artistic collaborations, series of events and discourses that were successfully introduced last year will be continued. The discourse series 99 questionson March 21, in cooperation with the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art of the #berlin State Museums, examines how museums and colonial collections relate to questions of nature and ecology. In the MitWissenschaft series , which sees itself as a continuation of Alexander von Humboldt's Kosmos lectures, on March 28 literary scholars ask how literature should be understood as a global phenomenon.

After the Resident Music Collective could already be experienced as part of the openings in 2020/21, the #berlin musicians* from diasporic communities will return to #berlin on the Easter weekend 2022 with three concerts. On April 15, the musicians will take the audience on an experimental sound journey, on April 16, the audience can get involved in a duel of sound , and the conclusion will be the Spring Sounds concert on April 17, 2022.

Dance will also return. Since the summer of 2021, #berlin artists have been conducting research as part of Moving the Forum on the grounds of the #humboldtforum. The third chapter Inhabiting deals with the content of taking possession of the new controversial urban space and will be presented on March 26, 2022 after public rehearsals have already started.

On May 30, 2022, the German Non-Fiction Prize of the German Book Trade Association will be awarded for the second time. One day before the award ceremony, Shelly Kupferberg, Hadnet Tesfai and Jörg Thadeusz will bring the nominated authors together in a matinee in the #humboldtforum.

With Mexico aura, a co-production with the Neuköllner Oper in #berlin, the first music dance theater premiere will take place on July 21, 2022 in the #humboldtforum. Inspired by the enema vase from the Ethnological Museum's Mesoamerica collection, the Mexican composer Diana Syrse, together with the authors Eva Hibernia and John von Düffel and the choreographer Christopher Roman, have developed a stage evening that combines the past and present of Mexico, indigenous instruments and brings new music together.

In the summer, the #event series Durchventilen invites you. Open Air in the Schlüterhof from July 28 to August 20, 2022 for the second time to visit the inner courtyard with evening concerts and an artistic family and youth program.

In the participatory projectHumboldting! Under the artistic direction of Darren O'Donnell and Alice Fleming, 30 schoolchildren from the Märkisches Viertel in #berlin embark on a five-year research journey through the #humboldtforum. They were inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's five-year expedition to America.

The comprehensive education and mediation program for groups and individual visitors is designed for the entire house and is continuously being expanded. Guided tours, creative mediation formats, workshops, lectures and artistic projects are offered on all floors and in the workrooms.

In September 2022, the second part of the collection presentations of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art will also be opened in the east wings of the second and third floors.

Detailed information on the program is continuously updated at:

One house, four actors: the polyphony is already inherent in the cooperation between the partners. The #humboldtforum cooperates with the #humboldtforum Foundation in the #berlin Palace, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation with the collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art of the #berlin State Museums, the Humboldt University of #berlin with the Humboldt Laboratory, and cultural projects in #berlin and the City Museum #berlin with the #berlin exhibition #berlin GLOBAL.