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Berlin and its heritage

Berlin appears as a proactive city in terms of its use of heritage as a tool in the strategy for development. Cornelia Dümcke explains how.
So Berlin is, of course, very active in mobilising its heritage. A recent example is the city Castle and Humboldt forum, which is in a being, which is not opened until now. It’s a reconstruction. Particularly, the Humboldt forum can be assessed as a really future oriented project, if the plans will be implemented as they are just now. And it’s kind of contemporary interpretation and appropriation of heritage in the city. And also the Humboldt forum and city castle are not opened until now. The inhabitants, the Berliners and the tourists are going there, because they have public site events even in the reconstruction area.
And there’s a really lively debate on what will be the next big exhibition and debate forum in the inner city of East Berlin. Nevertheless, Berlin is facing several strategic dilemmas also with heritage. For first after 1989, Berlin was confronted with two parallel stories to tell of the city. So and still 25 years after, the unification, there is not no common story– not really a common story about the heritage of the city. So we have a parallel universe of how stories are told on heritage in Berlin. So the interpretations of Berlin East and West differ still.
Second, a crucial part of policymaking in Berlin as elsewhere, it’s a question of funding balance between the big tanker, the big classic institutions and their funding and at the other side the contemporary art.

Berlin appears as a proactive city in terms of its use of heritage as a tool in the strategy for development. Cornelia Dümcke explains how.

In this interview, she gives the example of a major project: the Humboldt forum, which aims to become one the main museums in the world. It will be established in a reconstructed version of the City Castle or Palace. This building, which dates back to the 15th century, was demolished in 1950 by the German Democratic authorities. At that time, Germany, as well as the city of Berlin, were divided in two separate entities: the East and the West. After the reunification of the country in 1990, the decision was taken to reconstruct the City Palace. This example shows how the City of Berlin manages to draw in its heritage of the past to project itself in the present and the future.

Cornelia Dümcke also explains the challenges and dilemmas of heritage in Berlin, especially with regards to the symbolic connection of the city formerly divided by the Berlin Wall.

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