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The collection showcase of the Humboldt University in Berlin

On October 21, 2019, the Humboldt University in Berlin will open its collections for a new interactive visitor experience. The "Wickerwork of Things - Collection Showcase" in the Animal Anatomical Theater invites to explore the diversity of things, unknown contexts and critical positions in collection practice.

"Flechtwerk der Dinge. Das Sammlungsschaufenster der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin". Prototyp. © Felix Sattler/HU Berlin
"Flechtwerk der Dinge. Das Sammlungsschaufenster der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin". Prototyp. © Felix Sattler/HU Berlin © Felix Sattler/HU Berlin

An app offers visitors an individualized experience in which things are activated in ever new constellations.

Based on the topics "use", "origin", "diversity" and "locality" further links can be activated. Visitors of all ages can use the app to playfully walk through the 'wickerwork of things', get specific information about individual objects with texts, pictures and films, or trace connections in virtual tours. What connects the photography of the Marienkirche in Prenzlau with a rock sample of glacial past? Is there a common tool for understanding a crystallographic model and pottery shards from a Cushitic sacred site in the Sudan? And what does a lava stone have to do with jihad?The virtual tours on collection practices ("practicing", "comparative vision"), historical classifications ("collected in the GDR"), gender-specific questions ("collecting is a woman's thing") and object genres ("models") form bridges between scientific disciplines also new perspectives on current social issues such as: B. include migration.

The historic library cabinets from 1790 form a fascinating setting for an exhibition design that does not require any visible texts and trains the view of the objects. The unique architecture of this »Wunderkammer of the 21st Century« includes a lighting that can be controlled individually for each exhibit, which visualizes the tour of the exhibition in real time made by the visitors via an app.As a prelude, the "collection showcase" presents 80 objects from 24 collections of the HU and affiliated partner institutions. The objects come, among others, from the Historical Cabinet of the Institute of Psychology, the Collection at the Center for Anatomy, the Sudan Archaeological Collection, the Art Collection, the Sound Archive and the Media Archaeological Fund. Familiar objects and famous people appear as well as less known and surprising.

Designed as a dynamic permanent exhibition, the objects and main topics are exchanged at intervals of six to twenty-four months, so that the "wickerwork of things" repeatedly creates new themes and connections and the objects remain usable for research and teaching in the collections.
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Opening hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 14:00 - 18:00


Suitable for wheelchair users