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The Humboldt-Forum in the Berliner Schloss

Planning, Processes, Perspectives

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.

128 pages | 70 color plates, 11 halftones | 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 | © 2013

Architecture: European Architecture

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Table of Contents

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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