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Exhibition and Program

Is there life after death? What is a good death? Are we all equal in the face of death? Am I morally responsible for the deaths of others? How do we find comfort? What will remain of me and what world will we leave behind for future generations? 

The next major program cluster in the Humboldt Forum provides an opportunity for visitors to reflect in depth on death. As mortals, humans enter the world stage for a temporary guest appearance. In an exhibition, narrated as a drama in five acts, as well as in the educational and event program, visitors encounter manifold imaginings of death and are confronted with issues that go unaddressed in everyday life.

Our relationship to death is individual and yet it connects us with people of all places and times. Funeral and memorial rituals are tremendously diverse and yet an expression of a cultural foundation common to all of humankind. And our relationship to death extends far beyond humanity, given the mass extinctions of species for which humans are responsible.

This program cluster would like to help expand the way we see ourselves and the world and, in doing so, it exemplifies the concept of the Humboldt Forum as a place for exchange and debate, a place that allows for contradictions, a place of diversity, critical reflection and dialogue for a wide audience. 

- Location: Special exhibition area 1, groundfloor
- Language: German/English
- Prize: 12,00 EUR / 6,00 EUR reduced / 9,00 EUR with Berlin WelcomeCard

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Opening hours of the Humboldt Forum: Wednesday to Monday from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm, Tuesday is regular closing day.

The book on the exhibition: Homo sapiens is probably the only animal that knows it will die. Only humans are aware of their own existence – and therefore also of their vulnerability and transience.
Yet despite all the scientific progress, death remains a phenomenon that transcends our understanding. There is nothing we know less about than the moment after death.
As diverse as cultures and religions are worldwide, so, too, are the answers to the question of what death means. IN_FINITE brings together the various perspectives in essays, interviews, photographs and personal accounts of experiences. This book opens up a multi-layered view of ideas of the hereafter, mourning, dealing with the dying and the dead – and asks about the future of Homo sapiens in the age of the Anthropocene.

With contributions by and interviews with: Cristina Cattaneo, Stephen Cave, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Jens Dreier, Matthias Glaubrecht, Liv Nilsson Stutz, Julia Samuel, Helaine Selin & Robert M. Rakoff, Robin Wall Kimmerer and many others. 

„in_finite. Living with Death“, Published by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, E.A. Seemann Verlag Leipzig, 200 Pages, Hardcover, 21,5 x 26,5 cm, 29,90 Euro, ISBN EN 978-3-86502-507-4  Buy book

Our tip: On Nov. 23, 2023, Collegium Hungaricum will show the award-winning film Heights and Depths. The film is based on the true story of a mountain climber who died in an accident. It focuses on his wife as she deals with her husband's death - her story of grief is told. Collegium Hungaricum, Dorotheenstaße 12, 10117 Berlin


Barrier-free parking is available south of the Humboldt Forum on Schlossplatz. Barrier-free parking is available south of the Humboldt Forum on Schlossplatz. For more information, click here.

Public transport: U-Bahn Museumsinsel (U5) 1 min walk; S/U Alexanderplatz 15 min walk; S Hackescher Markt 10 min walk, Bus 100, 200, 300, 147, N5