Contract awarded for exhibit design for Humboldt Forum

Ethnologisches Museum

The future Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Stadtschloss continues to take shape. Today the joint working group Ralph Appelbaum Associates / malsyteufel were awarded the contract to create the scenographic design of the exhibition areas in the Humboldt Forum, which is due to occupy a site opposite the Museum Island, in the very heart of Berlin. The move means that work on the display of the important collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art can now get under way.

The US-German team came out on top of a lengthy negotiated procedure involving the four winners of the 2010 competition for the exhibition design. The team have come up with a conceptual approach that takes into account our stringent demands for adopting a forward-looking stance towards historical objects in the various collections which are still currently held in Berlin-Dahlem, in the far west of the city.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates was founded in 1978 and has offices in New York, London and Beijing. As one of the largest exhibit design offices in the world, Appelbaum has designed the interiors of major museums and exhibitions in scores of countries. Its portfolio includes the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The firm is currently working on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

Its German partners in the project, malsyteufel, based in the Düsseldorf area, also look back on more than twenty years of successful work in the area of exhibit design. The office was founded by Prof. Victor Malsy and Prof. Philipp Teufel and has designed the interior of the Deutsche Bundesbank's Money Museum and numerous exhibitions, including the German Film Museum (also in Frankfurt) and, most recently, the Haus des Waldes in Stuttgart.

In a press discussion scheduled for 27 April 2012, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and Stiftung Berliner Schloss - Humboldtforum are due to give details explaining their decision and introduce the designers Ralph Appelbaum and Philipp Teufel to members of the press. Due to its intimate nature, the discussion is limited to selected press and media outlets.