Humboldt Forum

It’s Our Construction Site Too! 176 Children Take over the Humboldt Forum

Press release

Berlin, 20 July 2018

From 14 October to 16 December 2018 the Humboldt Forum will be presenting the exhibition Das ist auch unsere Baustelle! 176 Kinder erobern das Humboldt Forum(It’s Our Construction Site Too! 176 Children Take Over the Humboldt Forum) at the Humboldt-Box, Schlossplatz 5, 10178 Berlin. The exhibition will open on Sunday, 14 October 2018 with a family festival.

Dominican monastery, Berlin Palace, parade ground, Palast der Republik, interim use, cultural building site – there is scarcely another place in Berlin where the past 800 years of social, urban, political and cultural history can be witnessed in such a compressed form as today’s Palace Square. The Humboldt Forum will usher in yet another chapter in the location’s eventful history. Taking this major building site in central Berlin as their starting point, 176 children and young people from eight Berlin schools have explored the past, present and future of the location with twenty-nine international artists and a whole array of experts – and in their many different ways they have taken the Humboldt Forum by storm.

Chamber of Art and Curiosities, Time Machine and Film Documentary

In eight modules, installations from the fields of film, sound, performance, sculpture and collage as well as architectural and everyday objects will facilitate a playful exploration of the eventful history of the site and allow an interactive approach to the Humboldt Forum. Visitors can, for instance, realize their own ideas about collections in a modern chamber of art and curiosities, find out about the history of the location in a time machine, define the term “open space” in their own forum, use dance and movement to bring to life the buildings of the Berlin City Palace and the Palast der Republik or immerse themselves in a “building site symphony” of images and sound. In addition, life-size eagles made of plaster, silicon and sandstone will make craftsmanship tangible to visitors, while sound installations and large-format film documentaries will allow sound spaces to be experienced.

The participants’ highly individual statements and approaches will be presented in the theme rooms and supplemented by short texts written by many different authors. With personal insights from the children and statements by directors, architects, exhibition organizers and many other experts the exhibition will offer a complete narrative from a variety of surprising perspectives.

“Experience the Exhibition” Tours and Drop-in Workshops

A varied educational programme for children and young people – and adults too – will accompany the exhibition. From Monday to Friday kindergarten groups and school classes can book “experience the exhibition” tours specially designed for their respective age-group and particular needs. After 3 pm and all day at the weekend the “experience the exhibition” tours will also be bookable for adults. Public drop-in workshops for young and old alike will take place every Sunday – you’re very welcome to join in spontaneously. For further information on the educational programme, please visit

When the Humboldt Forum opens its doors in late 2019 it will be a forum for encounter, creating a whole new cultural quarter in the very heart of Berlin. The venue will be bringing together outstanding collections that include artworks and spiritual objects from Asia, Africa and America, combining them with a broad spectrum of activities. It is a blend that makes the Humboldt Forum into a true experience, inspiring new insights into the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow. 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, with a leading role for the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. Even before its opening, the Humboldt Forum has already developed a highly visible presence throughout Berlin with its diverse programme of exhibitions, discussions, performances, workshops, films and artistic interventions.

Exhibition 14 October to 16 December 2018
Opening hours daily, October and November 9 am to 7 pm, December 9 am to 6 pm
Place Humboldt-Box, Schloßplatz 5, 10178 Berlin
Entrance free of charge

Opening and family festival Sunday, 14 October 2018, 11 am to 5 pm

You can find the educational programme here.

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 der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, the 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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