Humboldt Forum


Interviews, films, columns and latest reports on the Forum's historcial site, construction, exhibitions and events – stories by artists, scientist and the people behind the scenes.

Competition entry by Tim Trantenroth: Untitled, 1st prize for the stairwell above Gate V. © Tim Trantenroth, Berlin
September 27, 2018

Modern art behind baroque facades

Hans-Dieter Hegner and Lars-Christian Koch talk about the role of contemporary art in the Humboldt Forum.

Setan Jawa. © Erik Wirasakti
August 30, 2018

In the kingdom of shadows

The Javanese gamelan ensemble Garasi Seni Benawa and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin accompany the silent film Setan Jawa.

August 27, 2018

Photo gallery: The last Open Days of the Construction Site

Impressions from the 6th and last open days of the construction site, before the Humboldt Forum's official opening in late 2019.

Surviving decorative figures from the Berlin Palace. © SHF/ Stephan Falk
August 20, 2018

Sculptures tell their stories

About the possible meaning and intentions behind the diverse sculptures on the facades and portals of the Berlin Palace

June 1938, concert with Hans von Benda, Photographer Rudolf Kessler. © Berliner Philharmoniker, Archiv
August 16, 2018

Benefit concert in the schlüterhof courtyard. Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonics

An almost forgotten Philharmonic tradition will revive.

The White Hall
July 19, 2018

A modern heating system for the Kaiser

In 1894 Kaiser Wilhelm II installed an innovation in the Berlin Palace.

A shellac record created by Wilhelm Doegen, featuring the poem Über den Äther by Friedrich Hölderlin and the Russian folk tale The Vampyre, both recorded by Vilma Mönckeberg on 23 February 1929. © SHF
June 21, 2018

A Repository of language and a font of insight

Why the sound archive was created under problematic conditions.

© SHF / David von Becker
June 15, 2018

12 hours, 1 box, 5 perspectives – The Luf Boat moves into the Humboldt Forum

The 16-meter-long South Sea Boat was first large object to be transported from the Dahlem Museums to Berlin-Mitte.

Rendering Schlossplatz facade and Portal II. © Franco Stella
June 6, 2018

Under the sign of the lion

If rebuilding a palace like the Stadtschloss is a Herculean task, then reconstructing Portal I in the absence of most of Schlüter’s original sculptural ornaments is a heroic feat indeed!

© SHF / David von Becker
May 29, 2018

South sea boat floats into Humboldt Forum

Overnight, the first large object of the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin was brought into the Humboldt Forum.