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That’s history”, that “belongs in a museum”. What is often said disparagingly about the past is the central starting point of museum work. Exhibition centres are seen as the cultural memory of our society. Their task is to preserve cultural heritage and make history understandable.

Ruth Rosenberger (contemporary historian and digital expert at Haus der Geschichte, Bonn), Joachim Baur (cultural scientist at TU Dortmund University) and Anke Schnabel (curator of the exhibition Blown Away. The Palace of the Republic, Humboldt Forum) discuss with Nhi Le (presenter and journalist at NDR) the tension between telling history, the inclusion of different voices and the communicatio n of knowledge.

The exhibition Blown Away. The Palace of the Republic at the Humboldt Forum focuses on the extraordinary predecessor building of the GDR. There are many different perspectives on the Palace of the Republic, as various contemporary witnesses report in the exhibition. At the same time, museum organisers always have their own personal view of history. No exhibition is objective, free of judgement and conveys pure knowledge.

How and what is exhibited, how the past is organised, narrated and linked to our present, and which approaches are used to look from the past into the future (and vice versa) is a broad field. The event is dedicated to the question of whether a history exhibition is only an information medium that conveys knowledge about our past, or whether it also tells history for entertainment purposes. Who should be involved in the development of such an exhibition and to what extent should people be involved in the process? Should it adapt to the viewing habits of the zeitgeist or should it survive change as a “rock in the surf”?

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In cooperation with the eCommemoration programme of the Körber-Stiftung

Körber Stiftung


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