Press Release I Berlin, 15 September 2020

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

A rip-roaring celebration at the Humboldt Forum to mark Alexander von Humboldt’s 250th birthday

The two-day public celebrations marking Alexander von Humboldt’s 250th birthday, organized by the Humboldt Forum together with the Goethe-Institut, ended as a resounding success on Saturday evening. Around 7,000 visitors joined in the weekend’s joyful festivities at the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss under the watchword “250 years young!” The programme included plenty of attractive offerings for everyone from specialists to families: the celebrations featured approximately sixty international artists and experts with a special focus on Latin America. Various artistic formats strikingly emphasized the enduring relevance of Alexander von Humboldt while simultaneously encouraging critical debate. To mark the anniversary, the Humboldt Forum’s function rooms were temporarily opened for exhibitions, installations and performances for the first time.

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Still young at 250! Celebrating the birthday of Alexander von Humboldt
Press Release I Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss I 13 September 2019
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Still young at 250! Celebrating the birthday of Alexander von Humboldt
250 Jahre jung! Zum Geburtstag von Alexander von Humboldt
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Projection: Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
„Die Architekten“ (The Architects)
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Staircase discussions
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© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
Prof. Dr. Monika Grütters and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh
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Visitors are invited to discover historical knowledge they didn’t know before, to bring it together with their own knowledge and to take away new knowledge. A participative installation by Salapanga Kinder.Kunst.Kultur
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
Christine Lander’s storytelling took us along Humboldt’s paths into the world of the history and stories of Latin America. A participative installation by Salapanga Kinder.Kunst.Kultur
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
In this participative installation by Salapanga Kinder.Kunst.Kultur, the famous nature paintings are set in motion according to the principle of Humboldt’s world view. Painting sections on numerous cubes invite visitors to create and intervene
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
The Foyer with the Cosmograph
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Humboldt Biographer Andrea Wulf gave a talk on "Alexander von Humboldt. Art, Science and Adventure"
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
Agua e Lulo’s is a Colombian cultural event for fans of Latin American music in Berlin. The four DJs brought a special music mix and Latin flow to the Humboldt Forum
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
The Archivo Alexander von Humboldt by the Ecuadorian artist is a long-term project lasting more than ten years. Since 2009 Fabiano Kueva, starting with Humboldt’s trip to America, has been exploring the question of the archive in an artistic-discursive manner using film, exhibition and documentation
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
Installation in the exhibition "La naturaleza de las cosas"
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
Exhibition by Fabiano Kueva, co-curated by David Blankenstein
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker
La Naturaleza de las cosas: Humboldt, idas y veniday "The Nature of Things: Humboldt, Comings and Goings" – an exhibition curated by Halim Badawi.
© SHF / Photo: David von Becker