State Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art at the Humboldt Forum

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  • Humboldt Forum
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Located in the reconstructed Berlin Palace on Berlin’s Museum Island, the newly opened Humboldt Forum is envisioned as an international forum of art, culture, and science.

The Challenge

The primary challenge for a project of this scale was the sheer number of people involved in the processes and decision making. Over the long timeframe of the project, the inevitable change of personnel also led to shifts in thinking, which in turn required new design.

The project demanded a high level of flexibility and endurance. Planning such a large exhibition with a wide range of varied perspectives required a strategic balance of individualized solutions tailor-made to the content and the requirements of the collection, in addition to a high level of underlying standardization for cost and operational efficiency.

Project Vision

The main objectives of the client were to create a dynamic and impactful presentation of non- European cultural heritage, in a manner that allows for flexibility and change as new research and knowledge emerges from ongoing intercultural exchanges.

The greatest opportunities this project provided were to be able look at historic collections of ethnography and art in new ways, confronting the past and leveraging heritage assets for the future to bringing context and meaning and relevance for our contemporary worldviews.

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Design & Execution

Within the museum’s collections, an extremely wide range of materials and art objects (permanent/large and small) required a deep understanding of their aesthetics and their conservation requirements.

Discussions with curators allowed for a design that protects and highlights the collections with built-in flexibility to be able to frequently change the presentation of objects.

In addition to the thematic modules, we designed a series of recurring elements that provide structure and common reference points. These meeting points are spaces where groups can convene and where daily programming like small performances and informal talks can take place. In addition, special areas are reserved for temporary interventions by contemporary artists and guest curators.

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

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State Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art at the Humboldt Forum

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel

Alexander Schippel