Humboldt Forum
© SHF / Jannis Pätzold

September 14, 2019, 12:00 PM

With contributions from Berlin, Bogotá, Lima, London, Mexico City, Novosibirsk, Potsdam, Quito and the Amazon region, among others.

Still young at 250! Celebrating the birthday of Alexander von Humboldt

@ Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace

13 and 14 September, admission is free, registration required

in German, English and Spanish

Alexander von Humboldt travelled from Berlin out into the wider world, as far as South America and Siberia – driven by a curiosity to understand and investigate that world. Today, on the 250th anniversary of his birth, the world is investigating Alexander von Humboldt, as the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss joins forces with the Goethe-Institut to stage a two-day festival on 13 and 14 September 2019.

How can virtual reality help us experience the Humboldtian cosmos? What can we learn from indigenous knowledge, and what role does Alexander von Humboldt play in contemporary artistic practice? International artists and scholars will present exhibitions, installations, performances, lectures and music exploring the ideas and findings of Humboldt as a naturalist surveyor of the world, which are now more relevant than ever before. Still young at 250!


Exhibitions and performances
In two exhibitions you will be able to discover contemporary and historical outlooks on Alexander von Humboldt from Latin America. Several perfomances help to understand decolonial perspectives on Latin American realities and by means of virtual reality and 360˚ films you can find out about indigenous perspectives, taking a virtual walk in Alexander von Humboldt’s footsteps.

Lectures and discussions
On Friday night you can grasp the current relevance of Alexander von Humboldt in a talk by his biographer Andrea Wulf. Acquaint yourself with aspects of Alexander von Humboldt’s works and personality on Saturday. And you can take part in a panel discussion on the continuing impact of Alexander von Humboldt, live from Berlin, Novosibirsk and Bogotá.

Family programme
And there is also a family programme: Become familiar with South American stories and rearrange Alexander von Humboldt’s Naturgemälde (nature painting).

Projections on the east facade
On both, Friday and Saturday, you can experience Alexander von Humboldt in moving pictures and quotations by means of projections on the east facade of the Humboldt Forum and let indigenous naturalists show you the starry sky of Amazonia.

Music and DJ sets
And last but not least: Dance to Latin American sounds and beats!

Conexión Humboldt

Globally linked discussion
Saturday, 6 pm (CEST)

The expert discussion on Humboldt’s networking methods and networked way of thinking with live video connections from Berlin, Novosibirsk and Bogotá is being broadcasted live online.


Programmme: Lavinia Frey, Andrea Rostásy, Joachim Bernauer, Wenzel Bilger

Sobre bogas y remeros
DJ Claudio Tantimonaco and La Payara
La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas
Archivo Alexander von Humboldt

Schedule & registration

Please drop by on Friday after 9 pm and on Saturday throughout the day and bring some waiting time. We would love to welcome you at the south entrance of the construction site (Schlossplatz/Breite Straße).
The online registration has ended.


The event is being organised by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut as part of the Humboldt Year.
  • Goethe-Institut
  • Humboldt 250


The Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community by a resolution of the German Bundestag.
  • Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community


The events „La naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y venidas”, „Experimenta/Sur: Tejidos conectivos”, „Humboldt 360° | Eine Expedition in Lateinamerika” and „Humboldt Mixed-Reality-Jams“ are part of „Humboldt y las Americas“, funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
  • Humboldt y las Américas
  • Federal Foreign Office


Media partners
  • Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg / rbbKultur
  • Deutsche Welle
Participating institutions in the Humboldt Forum

The participating partners are the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stadtmuseum Berlin and Kulturprojekte Berlin, and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, headed by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss.

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