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It’s our Building Site Too! 176 Children Take Over the Humboldt Forum. Exhibition Opening and Family Festival on Sunday, 14 October 2018

Press release

Berlin, 20 September 2018

On Sunday, 14 October 2018, from 11 am to 5 pm, the Humboldt Forum invites children, young people and families to the opening of the exhibition It’s Our Building Site Too! 176 Children Take Over the Humboldt Forum. At the Humboldt-Box, Schlossplatz 5, 10178 Berlin Mitte, a diverse programme with an opening ceremony, music, dance, child reporters, participatory activities and guided tours by curators, as well as culinary delights, await visitors. Registration is not required for any of the events.

The big moment is slowly drawing closer. Over the course of several months children and young people from eight Berlin schools, together with artists and experts, have taken the building site of the Humboldt Forum in the Berliner Schloss as their starting point for exploring the past, present and future of the Schlossplatz. They have researched, composed, conducted interviews and discussed, thus taking over the Humboldt Forum in an exploratory and playful fashion. Now, shortly before a further change on Schlossplatz, namely the dismantling of the Humboldt-Box, they will be presenting their results in the exhibition It’s Our Building Site Too! 176 Children Take Over the Humboldt Forum.

At the opening on Sunday, 14 October 2018, from 11 am to 5 pm, all interested visitors are invited to a mega family festival. Once again, the Humboldt Box will be packed full of colour and life. The exhibition on the second and third floors and the varied programme on the fourth floor will offer something for everyone. Things kick off with the opening ceremony on the fourth floor at 11:30 am, when the general director of the Humboldt Forum, Harmut Dogerloh, and children’s presenter Eli Liam Nguyen Thanh talk to participants about the making of the exhibition.

In the exhibition on the second and third floors of the Box visitors can immerse themselves in spatial experiences: thanks to installations composed of film, sound, performance, sculptures and collages, as well as architectural and everyday objects, visitors can playfully and interactively explore the site’s history. The installation Aktion: Freiraum! will be inaugurated with activities for everyone to join in, a choir invites visitors to sing along with a piece from Frederick the Great’s flute concerto, and in an interactive game people can throw dice to take a journey through the history of the site, while paper is made into symphonic sound wigs. And anyone who yearns to be a servant or an aristocrat can slip into various roles in the palace game.

On the fourth floor visitors can set self-painted figures dancing digitally, and in the afternoon the band Muckemacher will liven things up with saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, accordion, guitar, percussion, piano and vocals. This will be accompanied by delicious cake on a stick, couscous and much, much more. You can find the complete programme at humboldtforum.com/presse.

When the Humboldt Forum opens its doors in late 2019, it will mark the establishment of a whole new cultural quarter in the very heart of Berlin. By bringing together outstanding collections containing major exhibits – among them spiritual objects and artworks from Asia, Africa and America – and coupling these with a variety of cultural activities, the Humboldt Forum is seeking to inspire new insights into the worlds of the past, present and future. With the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss at the helm, the participating actors are the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kulturprojekte Berlin with Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The Humboldt Forum has already developed a highly visible presence with a broad programme of exhibitions, discussions, performances, workshops, films and artistic interventions.

Venue Humboldt-Box, Schlossplatz 5, 10178 Berlin
Time 11 am to 5 pm
Opening ceremony 11:30 am to 12:15 pm on the fourth floor with Hartmut Dogerloh, general director of the Humboldt Forum, and children’s presenter Eli Liam Nguyen Thanh
Guided tours with curators 1:30 pm to 2 pm and 3 pm to 3:30 pm with Petra Larass und Barbara Falkner, meeting point: entrance to the stairway leading to the second and third floors
Participants BadaboomBerlin, the Klangschloss group, children’s presenter Eli Liam Nguyen Thanh, Muckemacher with Florian Erlbeck (saxophone, clarinet, accordion, guitar, percussion), Verena Roth (piano and vocals), Ilja Coric (guitar), Marko Jovanovic (blues harp) and Florian Scheffler (trumpet)

Exhibition 14 October to 16 December 2018
Opening hours October and November 9 am to 7 pm daily, December 9 am to 6 pm Please note that the exhibition on the second and third floors is already open at 9 am (access via the lift, behind the flight of steps to the right). From 10 am the exhibition can be accessed as usual via the flight of stairs or the lift.
Venue Humboldt-Box, Schlossplatz 5, 10178 Berlin
Entrance Free of charge
Educational programme humboldtforum.com/vermittlung

Partners Year 4 of the Grundschule an der Peckwisch, Reinickendorf; Year 5 of the Charlie-Chaplin-Grundschule, Reinickendorf; Year 8 of the Johann-August-Zeune-Schule, Steglitz; Year 5 of the Carl-Humann-Grundschule, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; Years 1–3 of the Grundschule am Arkonaplatz, Prenzlauer Berg; Years 5 and 11 of the St. Franziskus Catholic Schule, Schöneberg; Year 3 of the Joan-Miró-Grundschule, Wilmersdorf; Year 3 of the Grundschule am Fichtelgebirge, Kreuzberg

Curated by Salapanga – Kinder.Kunst.Kultur in cooperation with the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst (both Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Stadtmuseum Berlin and Kulturprojekte Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Organizer Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

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