The Humboldt-Forum in the Berliner Schloss

Planning, Processes, Perspectives

Edited by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

The Humboldt-Forum in the Berliner Schloss

Edited by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

128 pages | 70 color plates, 11 halftones | 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9783777421469 Published February 2014 For sale in North America and Japan only
Recently, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation announced major plans to construct an innovative center for the arts and sciences within the reconstructed Berlin Palace on Museum Island. When completed, the Humboldt Forum—named for the forward-thinking brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt—will house the Foundation, the Central Library Berlin, and two state museums: the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art.
With numerous detailed drawings and plans for the building both inside and out, The Humboldt Forum in the Berliner Schloss provides a behind-the-scenes look at this ambitious project developed with the Italian architect Franco Stella. In addition to these plans, through contributions by renowned experts in the field, the book explores the key concepts behind the Humboldt Forum.
Planned for completion in 2015, the Humboldt Forum will be one of the most important additions to Germany’s cultural infrastructure in decades, and this informative yet accessible book offers a guide with which to understand its planning and construction.

Words of Welcome

Bernd Neumann, Minister of State for Culture and the Media

Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin


The Humboldt-Forum in the Berliner Schloss: Expectations and Opportunities

Hermann Parzinger


How it Began: From the Palast der Republik to the Berliner Schloss – Humboldt-Forum

Manfred Rettig


The New Berliner Schloss: The Architecture

Franco Stella


The Humboldt-Forum: From the Parts to the Whole

Martin Heller


Making an Impact: From Royal Palace to Modern International Cultural Centre


The Kunstkammer as Nucleus

Horst Bredekamp/Michael Eissenhauer


The Berliner Schloss as an Obligation: On the History of the Site of Germany’s Most Prominent Cultural Building Project

Bernhard Wolter


The Cellars of Berliner Schloss, or Bringing the Underground to Light: On the Origins of the Archaeological Window

Matthias Wemhoff


Pointing the Way: World of Languages, Display Window of Research, Workshops of Knowledge


“World of Languages”: The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin

Volker Heller


The Humboldt-Labor of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Jan-Hendrik Olbertz


The Media Collection of the Department of Ethnomusicology, Media Technology and the Berlin Phonogramm-Archive at the Ethnologisches Museum

Lars-Christian Koch


The Library of Non-European Art and Cultures

Moritz Wullen/Richard Haas/Uta Rahman-Steinert


Setting Sail: A New Departure for our Museums


Worlds in Motion: The Ethnologisches Museum at the Humboldt-Forum

Viola König


The Museum für Asiatische Kunst at the Humboldt-Forum: New Tasks in a Globalized World

Klaas Ruitenbeek


Well Established. The Humboldt-Forum Staff Unit and the Humboldt Lab Dahlem: Planning and Implementation of Concepts and Projects

Bettina Probst/Agnes Wegner



Floor Plans/Selected Bibliography/Short Introduction to the Protagonists/Photo Credits/Imprints


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