A Herman Parzinger lecture at the Biblioteca Luis Ángel ArangoBy Artkhade with Art Media Agency
Bogotá, 2 October 2012
Hermann Parzinger, archaeologist and president of the Prussian Culture Heritage Foundation in Berlin, in charge of the coordination of all German public museums, will expose his two main projects (the Museums Island and the Humboldt Forum) on 11 October 5 pm at the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango. The event is organised by the Banco de la República and the German Embassy in Colombia, in collaboration with the National Library and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia.
According to La Gaceta, the Berlin Museums Island would now have become the biggest cultural centre in the world, overtaking the Louvre and the British Museum. Built between 1830 and 1930, situated in the historical centre of the German capital, gathers in total five museums (the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie) archaeological and artistic collections, from Europe and the Middle East, spreading over a long-term period (from prehistory to 19th century). The construction began after the German reunification, and the cultural complex became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
“We have now begun the Pergamon Museum’s reformation process, which will last thirteen years, because we cannot close it entirely. We are also planning the extension of the Bode Museum, where German paintings are being transferred” said Parzinger in the release.
The second great project mentioned during the lecture will be the construction of the Humboldt Forum, that will take place in Berlin’s Altes Palais – residence of the Prussian kings – whose front will be restored, and whose interior will be renovated in a more contemporary style. “It will be a place dedicated to art, to Asian, African, American and Oceanian cultures, that will transform Berlin into a symbolical point of meeting for the world’s cultures” declared the archaeologist.