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A new permanent exhibition for the Humboldt Alumnus from East Asia

Since March 20, 2017, the Mori Ogai Memorial of the Humboldt University of Berlin has been open again regularly after lengthy renovation work. Just in time for Wilhelm von Humboldt's forthcoming 250th birthday, the institution is attracting attention with the new German- and Japanese-language permanent exhibition "Between Cultures". The exhibition highlights Mori Ogai's multifaceted work and his relationship to Berlin and places it in the context of the intensive scientific and cultural relations between Germany and Japan.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Zwischen den Kulturen. Mori Ôgai 1862–1922
Martina Kopp/MOG

In the middle of the 19th century, Japan opened up at the urging of the states of Europe and North America, after the country's extensive isolation had lasted for more than two hundred years. The island kingdom was faced with the challenge of transforming itself into a modern nation state within a few decades in order to assert itself in the "stream of world history". Education and science were at the centre of the reforms, which penetrated all areas of social life. Foreign specialists were called to Japan, where they built up basic structures of the educational system. At the same time, young students were sent abroad to acquire new knowledge or perfect their skills. Nearly 750 of them enrolled at the "Berlin University" between 1870 and 1914. After their return, these bridge-builders found themselves in influential positions in education, culture, politics, administration, business and science, among them Mori Ôgai.

By approaching another culture, he not only gained a new understanding of himself, but also became familiar with new concepts of state and religion as well as art and science. In this sense, his experiences are paradigmatic for a generation of Japanese intellectuals who, during the transition to modernity, were searching for a new identity in the field of tension between Asia and Europe.the Mori Ôgai memorial sees itself in this tradition of working between cultures. It fathoms the life and work of this symbolic figure of German-Japanese relations and explores the complex encounters between Japan and Europe at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries
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Price info: Children up to 12, admission freeTours on appointment: 30,00 €

Price: €5.00

Reduced price: €3.00