Two museums, a library, and a university are set to return to their place of origin in the form of the Humboldt-Forum in the reconstructed Berlin Palace. Here they will join forces in developing new forms of synergetic cooperation.
With its internationally renowned museums, libraries, archives, and research institutes, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz is one of the largest cultural institutions in the world. As an umbrella organization, the largest body it presides over is the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (or National Museums in Berlin). The National Museum’s ethnographic and Asian-art divisions, the Ethnologisches Museum and Museum für Asiatische Kunst, will showcase their collections in the Humboldt-Forum by placing them in an innovative context and highlighting their relevance to our current times. The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was founded in 1810 and is thus Berlin’s oldest university. It is indebted to Wilhelm von Humboldt for both its pioneering principle of ‘Bildung durch Wissenschaft’ (education through science) and the intertwining of ongoing research and teaching. With its Humboldt-Laboratory the university aims to design an exhibition and event space that will showcase globally interconnected scientific activity and give the general public a vivid impression of projects currently under way in research and teaching. The Berlin Palace – Humboldt Forum Foundation (Stiftung Berliner Schloss – Humboldt Forum) is the commissioning body responsible for the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace and will draw up an exhibition in the Forum dedicated to the site’s history. Together with the Association Berliner Schloss (Förderverein Berliner Schloss), it collects donations for the reconstruction of the historicizing facades. Their combined goal: the creation of a palace that is Baroque in appearance but utterly modern in terms of content – the Humboldt Forum.