Currently open are selected venues on the Museumsinsel Berlin and at the Kulturforum, as well as the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. More information and online tickets

Films & Videos of the James-Simon-Galerie

Videos about James Simon

James Simon: A Philanthropist and Promoter of Progress

Length: 3:17 minutes
Production: art/beats on behalf of the James-Simon-Gesellschaft

James Simon. His First Donation to the Kaiser Friedrich Museum

Length: 4:01 minutes
Production: art/beats 

James Simon: Life and Acts of the Great Patron of the Museums of Berlin

Length: 7:54 minutes
Production: art/beats on behalf of the James-Simon-Gesellschaft

James Simon: His Love of the Ancient Cultures of the Orient and of Ancient Egypt

Length: 3:44 minutes
Production: art/beats on behalf of the James-Simon-Gesellschaft


Exhibitions

The Germanic Tribes. Archaeological Perspectives

For the first time, the Germanic tribes will be the focus of a large-scale archaeological exhibition. In collaboration with the LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte is showing the special exhibition The Germanic Tribes: Archaeological Perspectives on Berlin’s Museumsinsel. The Neues Museum will present the shifting history of research into the Germanic tribes and its reception, while in the James-Simon-Galerie – which is reopening its doors to host the exhibition – more than 700 exhibits will be on display, including numerous new finds and outstanding loans from across Germany, Denmark, Poland and Romania.

Length: 0:45 Minutes
Concept: polyform / studio edgar kandratian
Installation and grading: Willan Octave-Emile
Music: Fornnordiska Klanger. Recherchiert und produziert von Casja S. Lund

Germanen. Eine archäologische Bestandsaufnahme | Expert interviews

In dialogue with:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Heiko Steuer, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Dr. Babette Ludowici, Braunschweigische Landesmuseen
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Karlsen, Universität Rostock

Length: 25:32 Minutes
Production: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Christof Hannemann

The mythical frieze in the Neues Museum

Length: 19:40 minutes
Music: Fornnordiska Klanger. Recherchiert und produziert von Casja S. Lund

Dr. Benjamin Wehry’s Favourite Object

The shield buckle from the princely tomb at Gommern

Length: 6:12 minutes
Opening and closing credits: Fornnordiska Klanger. Recherchiert und produziert von Casja S. Lund

Curator Susanne Kuprella’s Favourite Object

What are the exhibition highlights in the eyes of our curators? Our special exhibition curator Susanne Kuprella gets the series off and running by presenting her own personal highlight.

Sometimes, the most inconspicuous objects can conceal the most remarkable stories. The perfect example of this is provided by two wooden idols from the Thuringian sacrificial bog of Oberdorla. If your first thought when it comes to Germanic gods is the hammer-wielding Thor or the omniscient Odin, father of the gods, you’ll probably be sorely disappointed…     

Length: 3:09 minutes  
Photo: Two anthropomorphic wooden idols from the sacrificial bog of Oberdorla, Vogtei, Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis district. Height: 124 cm and 150 cm. © Thuringian State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments – Thuringian Museum of Pre- and Ancient History/Hauke Arnold music during credits: Fornnordiska Klanger. Research and production by Casja S. Lund

Curator Heino Neumayer’s Favourite Object

Next up in our favourite objects series is not so much an object as an entire project. Curator Dr Heino Neumayer’s highlight is a graphic reconstruction of the abandoned Germanic settlement of Klein Köris, some 30 km south of Berlin. While the region of contemporary Brandenburg with its plentiful rivers and lakes was a popular area for human settlement between the 1st and 3rd century, in the 4th century, things changed dramatically.

The region was virtually deserted and came to resemble a wasteland. The former settlements were left as they were, and the communities likely moved to the south-west, to what today is Baden-Württemberg. The Migration Period began, completely recasting the maps of Europe. For archaeologists, however, the subterranean remains of such deserted settlements are a veritable treasure trove. The traces they harbour allow us to reconstruct entire villages and, as in the case of today’s open-air museum Germanische Siedlung Klein Köris e.V., to truly bring them back to life.

Length: 2:33 minutes
Photo: Reconstruction of daily life in the abandoned settlement of Klein Köris from the 4th century AD based on archaeological findings. © Mikko Kriek, 2020

War among the Germanic tribes

Length: 13:40 minutes
Music: Fornnordiska Klanger. Recherchiert und produziert von Casja S. Lund

Trade with the Germanic Tribes

The Roman historian Tacitus said that there was nothing worthwhile in Germania. But what exactly did the Germanic tribes trade in and what appealed to Roman interests?

Our academic trainee at the Museum für Vor und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History), Sebastian Olschok, shows you in this video using examples from our Germanic exhibition.

Length: 5:28 minutes
Music: Fornnordiska Klanger. Recherchiert und produziert von Casja S. Lund

Cult & Religion Among the Germanic Tribes

Odin, Thor, Loki and the entire pantheon of the gods: Who doesn’t know them all? But were they really the gods of the Germanic peoples from the 1st to the 4th century AD, the period in which we speak of Germanic peoples? Or is this perhaps a romanticised association with the Old Norse pantheon, which was first handed down to us in the 12th century , i.e. the Middle Ages? What can we actually grasp from the cultic and religious beliefs of the Germanic societies and what did they look like?

In our new video, Sebastian Olschok separates myths from verifiable facts. Roll the film!

Length: 9:29 minutes
Music: Old Fashioned Parlour Piano. Domansed; Ritt der Walküren. Richard Wagner
Opening and closing credits: Fornnordiska Klanger. Recherchiert und produziert von Casja S. Lund


360°- Video of the Museumsinsel

Virtual tour of the Museumsinsel and the construction site of the James-Simon-Galerie

Length: 3:45 Minutes
Producer: ZDF

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