The Humboldt-Forum is a cultural project within the context of the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss). The Forum will be entirely dedicated to the dialogue between the cultures of the world and will act as a forum for debate and analysis of historical and current issues of global significance, viewed from a multitude of fresh perspectives.

From 2019 on, it should host permanent exhibitions on non-European cultures and exhibit objects from the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. It is supposed to be a testing ground for new forms of collaboration, a place that will bring to life an array of cultural and social forms of expression, where scientific working methods will be cemented with artistic ones, and where history will come alive in the present.

In his keynote speech at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Positioning Ethnological Museums in the 21st Century", Hermann Parzinger, the President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, explains the ambition of the future Humboldt-Forum and the opportunities this project opens up. He explains the setting of this project, but also the origin of the collections going back to the Humboldt Brothers time.

Hermann Parzinger has been President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) since 2008. From 1990 he worked at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (German Archaeological Institute, DAI) and has been its president from 2003 to 2008. Today he directs several excavation and research projects and publishes regularly. He has received numerous national and international prizes. Parzinger studied pre- and early history (prehistoric archaeology), provincial Roman archaeology and medieval history in Munich, Saarbrücken and Ljubljana. He was the Founding Director of the Eurasia Department of the DAI and has directed numerous excavations and archaeological research projects in Siberia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,Tajikistan and Iran. In 1998 he was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG), in 2009, he received the Order of Friendship by the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and in 2012, he accepted into the Order Pour le mérite for the Sciences and Arts.

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