Humboldt, Schinkel, Knoblauch
From June 1, 2022, the Knoblauchhaus Museum will be open again and present for the first time the "Berlin Salon," a completely new exhibition area dedicated to the Prussian star architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the famous brothers Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt.
Here, the focus is on the communication networks of the city, which was rapidly developing into a metropolis in the first half of the 19th century.
In this way, a thematic bridge is deliberately built in the historic Knoblauchhaus to the nearby Humboldt Forum. Schinkel's product design, the travels of Alexander von Humboldt and the language studies of his brother Wilhelm stand as examples of the transfer of knowledge and culture in the rapidly developing Berlin of the first half of the 19th century.
About 200 years ago, the journalist Ludwig Börne noted astonished during a visit to Berlin: "People of all kinds are so mixed up here that one often finds them in places where one does not expect them. And he was right. In Berlin, many things were already taken for granted at that time that seemed unthinkable elsewhere. Berlin society cultivated an open exchange of ideas in salons, clubs and pubs.
But where were the meeting places of that time, and who set the tone there? The new permanent exhibition in the Museum Knoblauchhaus tells more about it.
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