Past, present and future: much of what happens in Berlin has an impact on the world. And much of what happens in the world affects Berlin. BERLIN GLOBAL, an exhibition on 4,000 square metres of space at the Humboldt Forum, shows how the city and its people are connected with the world. Visitors start in a room called Thinking the World and move on to an introductory space entitled Berlin Images. Rooms with individual themes then follow: Revolution, Free Space, Boundaries, Entertainment, War, Fashion and Interconnection. These aspects also feature in other metropolises, but the constellation captures the essence of the city.
Rich in variety and full of surprises, the immersive installations and atmospheric presentations invite visitors into these realms and the underlying diversity of Berlin. We let those who know the city speak: residents, experts, artists, initiatives and associations. Their stories, experiences and perspectives energise the exhibition.
The world in Berlin – Berlin in the world. The city has always been part of a multifaceted network that spans the globe.
Cities' names evoke images in our minds. Paris is the city of love, New York never sleeps and Rio de Janeiro stands for carnival. What images do you associate with Berlin?
1848, 1918, 1989. These years mark political revolutions in Berlin. The uprisings called dominant sociopolitical structures into question. Breakthroughs to democracy...
Berlin attracts people who seek to live life as they wish. The city has always been a testing ground and playing field for new lifestyles. But when some people make free space their own, others feel pushed out.
The Wall has long since disappeared. Berlin is known as a city without limits. Yet boundaries run through it, even though they are more evident to some people than others.
Entertainment venues in Berlin are gathering places. People, styles and cultures converge in the city, and also reflect its milieus. Take a journey through time with music, dance and theatre.
Berlin seems like a peaceful place today. But wars of the past have left their mark. And what about wars of the present?
In Berlin you can wear anything you like: designer suits, jogging clothes, hipster outfits, stylish headscarves or practical outdoor attire. But fashion is more than an expression of the city's diversity.
Many of Berlin's residents feel at home in more than one place. Their lives are connected to other parts of the world. How can these interconnections be described?
Create your own exhibition! BERLIN GLOBAL’s Open Spaces provide a place to do it. Three luminous blue areas are ready and waiting for your ideas.
You have now seen, heard and experienced a lot. It is time for a break. The lounge invites you to relax and talk with other visitors. It offers space for coming together and networking.
The WORLD STUDIO offers ways to be creative yourself and take action with others.
BERLIN GLOBAL features the voices of many of Berlin's residents. They know the city, and their stories, experiences, ideas and items on loan energise the exhibition. This means you won't find a SOLE opinion, or history, but rather many perspectives on the city.
Right from the start the exhibition has involved many partners, consultations with experts, museums and interest groups, and participation by a large number of artists, photographers and communities .
Many parts of the exhibition reveal or make reference to two previous stages of history at the site, namely the Berlin Palace and the Palace of the Republic. Both are addressed in a number of displays.
Its sound portraits, film material, historical items and objects on loan from individuals, coupled with its presentation thereof in theme-based settings, make the exhibition an experience in every sense of the word.
Climatic conditions, special art transports, display positioning – everything has to be just right when objects on loan to the exhibition arrive. Conservancy requirements meet curatorial needs, while staff members assemble and adjust the items to put them perfectly into place.
© Kulturprojekte Berlin and Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Oana Popa-Costea
Berlin Exhibition at the Humboldt Forum
Schlossplatz, 10178 Berlin
Access via Portal II (Breite Straße)
or Portal IV (Museumsinsel)
U Rotes Rathaus, U Museumsinsel
Bus: Lustgarten, Berliner Schloss
|Monday||10 am – 8 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am – 8 pm|
|Thursday||10 am – 8 pm|
|Friday||10 am – 10 pm|
|Saturday||10 am – 10 pm|
|Sunday||10 am – 8 pm|
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum, Photo: David von Becker
Log in, spin the wheel of history, immerse yourself in the city’s stories. BERLIN GLOBAL invites you to explore vibrant complexes of topics. You’ll feel, discover and join in. You’ll hear sound portraits, engage with revolutions and dance to the beats of Berlin. Chip wristbands available at the entrance let you connect even more. Numerous stations invite you to take a stand and cast a vote. At the end you’ll receive a summary of your choices and have the chance to meet people who share your opinions exactly – or not at all.
The exhibition offers everyone a wealth of experience. Much of the content is conveyed in twelve languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and German sign language (DGS). All areas are accessible to prams, wheelchairs and wheeled walkers. A tactile, high-contrast floor guidance system provides orientation. An audio described visitor guide is also on offer. The main thing is simply for you to be here!
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