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November 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

Humboldt Forum Highlights

Elephant, Bee & Gorilla

@ Emil-Fischer-Hörsaal

Free admission, registration required

in German

Elephant, bee and gorilla – they are animals that are to play a role in the Humboldt Forum. In three consecutive discussions, a group of experts will focus on elephants from Asia and Africa, local bees from Berlin, and the gorilla whose hand was collected as a teaching tool a the Humboldt-Universität – a testimony to the plundering of nature and the colonial era.

Talk 1: Elephant

Elephants are fascinating not only because of their size and strength, but also for their ivory tusks, for which they are hunted and killed. Wildlife defender Cheryl Lo and Raffael Dedo Gadebusch, scholarly coordinator for the Asian art collection in the Humboldt Forum and head of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, will talk about the tension between the beauty of ivory and the cruelty of hunting elephants.

Talk 2: Bee

Martin Düspohl, curator for the Berlin Exhibition, and urban beekeeper Gertrud Trisolini, a representative of Imkerverein Kreuzberg e.V. will be talking about the habitat of bees in Berlin as well as the threats to open spaces in cities.

Talk 3: Gorilla

In the third conversation, Gorch Pieken, head curator of the Humboldt Labor and Gerhard Scholtz, head of the zoological teaching collection at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will discuss the wet specimen of a gorilla’s hand. Organizers are planning to make this particular Humboldt Forum Highlight part of the exhibition staged by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The hand of a gorilla – a wet specimen in the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s zoological collection is one of the Humboldt Forum Highlights which will be on show in the future Humboldt Forum and can already be viewed at the event.

Please take note that the event will be held in German, except for the first talk.


Martin Düspohl is curator of the Berlin Exhibition in the Humboldt Forum. As a museum director and curator he has organized exhibitions on urban development, social history and the history of migration in Berlin. His special interest is adult education in the museum.
Raffael Dedo Gadebusch is the scholarly coordinator for the Asian art collections of the Humboldt Forum and director of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst.
Cheryl Lo worked for WWF Hong Kong, took part in the successful drive to ban the ivory trade in Hong Kong and is now campaigning for it to be eliminated all across Asia.
Gorch Pieken is a historian and curator. In May 2018 he became head curator for the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin im Humboldt Forum’s exhibition spaces.
Gerhard Scholtz is professor for comparative zoology and head of the zoological teaching collection at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is a member of the cluster of excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung, and his research focuses on the morphology, ontogenesis, and phylogeny of arthropods as well as theoretical issues concerning evolution.
Gertrud Trisolini, urban beekeper, is responsible for conservation and colourful public spaces at Imkerverein Kreuzberg e.V. While squatting a house with overgrown wasteland in Kreuzberg in 1981, she found not only long-term affordable communal living space but also a green paradise that now hosts a precious meadow full of insects, a wild bee hotel and thirteen bee colonies.

Humboldt Forum Highlights

The first 15 of these Humboldt Forum Highlights were being presented between October 2018 and May 2019 in two formats: in an exhibition as well as during conversations that will be held at various locations in Berlin. The exhibition on Museum Island has been extended until the end of September 2019.

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