Ethnological Collections and Asian Art
Showcasing the world’s civilisations spanning epochs and continents
On the two upper floors, approximately 20,000 exhibits from the world-renowned collections of the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin showcase the world’s civilizations – spanning epochs and continents and opening up new perspectives on the past and present cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Oceania.
Ranging from richly carved houses from Palau to audio recordings from all over the world in the Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv: the permanent exhibition focuses on our material and immaterial heritage.
Participating in a Japanese tea ceremony or meditating in front of a statue of Buddha: the Humboldt Forum allows visitors to do all these things thanks to the collections of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst.
20,000 objects on 17,000 square meters
Visitors come away wanting to know more about the collection’s history and about religious questions, contemporary art and the importance of craftsmanship. The exhibition features rituals, performances and perspectives of indigenous communities in order to engage critically with the colonial heritage and the role of Europe.
Contemporary artworks and installations can be found throughout the exhibition areas in the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst. Along with António Ole’s Township Wall and imposing artworks by Mariana Castillo Deball, installations addressing the effects of the colonial era in present-day Africa will leave a lasting impression.
The Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst belong to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.