Publications

Books and catalogs accompany the future programme of the Humboldt Forum, take up current debates and address topics such as architecture, reconstruction, the history of the site and (post)colonial questions.

(Post)colonialism and Cultural Heritage

International Debates at the Humboldt Forum

Addressing colonial history and (post)colonial continuities is a major challenge for the Humboldt Forum, and will decisively shape the activities of this cultural institution.
This volume features essays and conversations of prominent museum experts from around the world who have supported and advised the Humboldt Forum in its development. Through their statements, they take part in international discussions such as the intense debate about provenance and restitution of ethnological collections.

With contributions from George Okello Abungu, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Philipp Blom, Hartmut Dorgerloh, Rita Eder, Hu Wei, Jyotindra Jain, Lars-Christian Koch, Lee Chor Lin, Neil MacGregor, Natalia Majluf, Wayne Modest, Nazan Ölçer, Barbara Plankensteiner, Thomas Thiemeyer, Abdoulaye Touré.

Hanser Verlag, 2021, 248 pages, € 18.

18,- EUR

The Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace

The Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace is a new urban space in the historic centre  of Berlin – a venue for culture and science, for exchange and debate. A venue with a very special history. This opulent volume combines text and images that trace the origins of the Humboldt Forum – the debate around the reconstruction of the palace, the reinterpretation of the building by Franco Stella, the history of its construction and the historical flashbacks from 800 years that are to be found in its interior and the diverse programme on offer to visitors. With contributions from Wilhelm von Boddien, who initiated the reconstruction, the architect Franco Stella and General Director of the Humboldt Forum, Hartmut Dorgerloh.

Prestel Verlag, 2020, 248 pages, €49.

49,- EUR

Humboldt Forum. Short Guide

What is the Humboldt Forum, what institutions are assembled under its roof, and how much Humboldt will you actually find in the Humboldt Forum? This short guide outlines the programme, history and contents of the building, and introduces the partners involved: the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB); Kulturprojekte Berlin and the Stadtmuseum Berlin; the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU); and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (SHF). A concise overview of the origin, topics and activities of this new venue for culture and science.

Prestel Verlag, 2020, 96 pages, €9.

9,- EUR

The History of the Site. Exhibition Guide

Marshland, city district, monastery, palace, parade ground, Palace of the Republic, waste ground – a lot has happened on the spot where the newly-built Humboldt Forum now stands. This site has been a political hotspot for 800 years. Right here is where princes and politicians have built, redesigned, demolished and re-planned in order to demonstrate their political entitlement. In a space covering more than 1,500 square metres, four Humboldt Forum exhibition areas, including parts of the original Palace cellar, tell the history of this site. This exhibition guide makes an excellent companion book, inviting you to discover this very special Berlin landmark.

Prestel Verlag, 2020, 184 pages, €15.

15,- EUR

From monastery to Humboldt Forum

700 years of history and architecture. A multi-sensory book

The Humboldt Forum’s first inclusive design, this book uses 14 tactile pictures and text in large print and braille to invite its readers and listeners to get to know the history and buildings of this special site. Discover the Forum’s zones, façades and architectural details in a variety of ways – using fingertips, eyes or ears. The book is also enhanced by an audio version which will be available at  humboldtforum.org/tastbuch. This book was created in collaboration with members of the culture and leisure working group of the Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin gegr. 1874 e. V. With large print and braille text, 14 illustrations, 6 images in 3D, tactile printing, tactile floorplan and online audio version. The book will be available shortly, exclusively from Muson, the Humboldt Forum’s museum shop.

Design by inkl. Design GmbH – agency for inclusive design, audio edition by Antenna Audio GmbH, audio version production by Linon Medien KG, 2021 (available only in German), 64 pages, €24,90.

24,90 EUR

Mythos der Revolution

Karl Liebknecht, das Berliner Schloss und der 9. November 1918

The Myth of Revolution. Karl Liebknecht, the Berlin Palace and the 9 November 1918 is a detailed reconstruction of the events surrounding the Berlin Palace and sheds new light on the most important political appearance in the life of this labour leader. The individual essays examine how Liebknecht’s proclamation became the Myth of the Revolution while touching upon themes such as the ambivalence of contemporary eyewitnesses from November 1918, the iconizing of the so-called “Liebknecht Gate” under the GDR’s head of state Walter Ulbricht, and the polarization of memory in a divided Germany.

Volume 1 of the series Im Fokus – Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (In Focus – The Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace), edited by Lavinia Frey and Johannes Wien. Hanser Verlag, in German, 2018, 128 pages (ISBN: 978-3-446-26089-4).

Available in bookstores and in online shops.

15 EUR

Barock in Arbeit

Die Kunst der Rekonstruktion und das neue Berliner Schloss

2018, in German

Available at the Info Center Berlin Palace, Schlossplatz 5, 10117 Berlin, as well as in-store at Dussmann the KulturKaufhaus and via the Dussmann online shop.

24,90 EUR

Palast der Republik

Ein Erinnerungsort neu diskutiert

2017, in German
read online

Ein öffentlicher Ort

Berliner Schloss – Palast der Republik – Humboldt Forum

2016, in German
read online

Skulpturen erzählen Geschichten und ReporterInnen stellen Fragen

2017, in German

Vol. 1: read online
Vol. 2: read online

Forthcoming

History of the Site

Exhibition Guide

Learn how Berlin’s exciting new cultural center presents its multifaceted 700-year history.

Monastery, royal palace, museum, parade ground, Palace of the Republic, archeological site, and cultural building – a lot has happened on this spot, in the middle of Berlin, on which the Humboldt Forum is located today. Where initially only a civil borough stood, since 1443 sovereigns and politicians have built, rebuilt, and demolished this site in order to bring their political vision into view. As a consequence, this building site has been the subject of contentious debates and disputes for centuries, and into the present. Because of this, the “history of the site” plays a central role for the Humboldt Forum. This checkered history will be examined in multiple exhibition spaces spread throughout the entire building, including the originally preserved palace cellar. There will be numerous authentic exhibits from various eras and lavish multimedia installations. By using selected objects, diverse themes and an innovative design, the exhibition guide provides an excellent companion to this central memorial site of German history.

Forthcoming. Edited by Judith Prokasky, 192 pages, 175 color illustrations, paperback.

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