Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

The foundation is the construction client, owner and future operator of the Humboldt Forum. The foundation carries out cultural events, research projects and educational work, maintains a permanent exhibition on the history of the site and coordinates the interests of all actors in the Humboldt Forum.

Our task

Being the construction client, the foundation, in conjunction with the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), oversees all architectural and engineering planning as well as the construction process itself. Moreover, the foundation collects donations for the reconstruction of the palace’s Baroque facades. To achieve these goals, the foundation is working together closely with the Association Berliner Schloss e.V.

A historical statue on its way to the Sculpture Hall at the Humboldt Forum, February 2019.
Cultural Programme

In addition to the construction of the Humboldt Forum, the foundation prepares the cultural operations of the Humboldt Forum. Even before the opening, she organized temporary exhibitions and numerous cross-genre events on the Humboldt Forum’s topics troughout Berlin.

History of the Site

Presenting all facets of the site’s turbulent history — extending from the Middle Ages to the present day — is one of the foundation’s core responsibilities. Since early 2014, curators have been developing permanent exhibition spaces presenting a wide range of historical aspects with by putting on display unique exhibits. Furthermore, collecting the history of the site and curating events, as well as publications and educational offers are core tasks.

Part of the signage system in the Palace of the Republic, 1970s.
© Piktogramme Klaus Wittkugel / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 / Trägersystem Peter Rockel / © SHF, digitale Reproduktion: Jester Blank GbR


The Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, established by the German Federal Government in 2009 in accordance with a resolution issued by the German Federal Parliament. The foundation is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. It is a legal foundation under civil law.

Executive Board

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

Hartmut Dorgerloh

Director and Chief Executive Officer

The art historian, curator of monuments and cultural manager Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh is general director and chief executive officer of the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. After senior roles in the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur in the state of Brandenburg and as the founding director of the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam, he was general director of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg from 2002 to 2018. Since 2004 he has lectured as an honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Hans-Dieter Hegner

Chief Construction Officer

Hans-Dieter Hegner was appointed chief construction officer at the start of 2016. With his background as a civil engineer, he previously headed a division at the Federal Ministry of Building focussing on civil engineering, sustainable construction, construction research, and various other construction-related matters.

Johannes Wien

Chief Finances and Fundraising Officer

Johannes Wien has extensive experience in financial and organizational project management as well as in developing and implementing communications plans. For many years he was active as a senior manager for the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, directing the executive management team and the minister’s office in 2009. More recently, in his capacity as the ministry’s sustainability officer, he was responsible for developing a mobility and fuel strategy.


The Foundation’s team looks after the construction, operation and the cultural programme of the Humboldt Forum.

The Foundation’s 10th anniversary, 2019.
© SHF / David von Becker

International Network

In the the programmatic direction of the Humboldt Forum the foundation is supported by a team of international experts and a program advisory board. The foundation is also expanding its partnership with the Goethe-Institut.


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 Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (SHF)
Bundesbeauftragte für Kultur und Medien (BKM)
Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (BMI)

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