Humboldt Forum

The Foundation's role

In accordance with its articles of association, the foundation Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss exclusively and directly pursues a number of objectives for public benefit, promoting art and culture, education, global thinking and tolerance in all cultural fields, understanding between peoples, and the preservation and maintenance of cultural heritage sites. With these goals in mind the foundation stages its own events and exhibitions.

The Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss will make suitable facilities in the reconstructed palace available free of charge to the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and users as specified by the city-state of Berlin.

The foundation's key tasks are:

  • Acting as the construction client and representing the owner's interests on behalf of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace
  • Staging cultural events and exhibitions
  • Setting up a permanent exhibition on the "History of the Site"
  • Coordinating and pooling the interests of the Humboldt Forum's users

The Foundation is preparing the Humboldt Forum's cultural programme in the run-up to its opening, realising exhibitions and cross-genre events, both independently and jointly with the Forum's users and external partners. At the start of 2016 the foundation set up a subsidiary, Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH, to develop the cultural programme for the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace. The Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH merged in the Foundation on January 1, 2019.

Last but not least, securing donations for the reconstruction of the palace’s historical facades forms a crucial part of the foundation’s remit.

How the foundation Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss is organized

The foundation is headed by the general director and chief executive officer, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh, by the chief finances and fundraising officer Johannes Wien, and chief technology officer, Hans-Dieter Hegner. The Executive Board reports to the Foundation Council.

The Foundation Council is the foundation's highest decision-making body. Assisting it is the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Foundation Council on the basis of their exceptional ability to represent the foundation’s ideas and their willingness to become actively involved in supporting its aims.

The foundation's official bodies are the Foundation Council and the Executive Board.