Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik

Zentralinstitut der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Friedrich von Bose

Friedrich von Bose

Deputy chief curator
Humboldt Laboratory
Phone: 030 2093-12855
Email: fvbose@hu-berlin.de

Friedrich von Bose is deputy chief curator of the Humboldt Laboratory, the interdisciplinary exhibition space of HU Berlin in the Humboldt Forum. In this capacity he is co-responsible for the exhibition spaces’ initial operation as well as for the conception and implementation of the exhibitions and programs.

As curator and scholar of cultural anthropology and museum studies, Friedrich von Bose works on the interface between exhibition and research. Since 2006 he has regularly (co-)curated exhibitions and served as curatorial and academic advisor, e.g. at Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Humboldt Lab Dahlem/State Museums of Berlin and the Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt/M. After studying at HU Berlin and the University of California, Berkeley, he was lecturer and research associate at the Institute of European Ethnology at HU from 2009 to 2015, where he obtained his PhD with an ethnographic study on the planning processes of the Humboldt Forum (Das Humboldt-Forum. Eine Ethnografie seiner Planung, Kadmos 2016). There, he co-founded and coordinated the interdisciplinary Berlin Museum Lab. Subsequently, Friedrich von Bose was a member of the planning committee of the City Museum of Stuttgart and Senior Consultant at a PR and communications agency in Basel (CH), where he supervised large scale city development and infrastructural projects. Since March 2017 he is curator of the Humboldt Laboratory at HU’s Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques.

Research interests
Theories and histories of exhibiting, exhibiting as research practice, material and visual cultures, postcolonial and gender studies, ethnography of planning and design processes.

Selected publications
Das Humboldt Forum. Eine Ethnografie seiner Planung. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2016. Neu aufgelegt als E-Book unter gleichnamigen Titel (2019)

Concerning curatorial practice in ethnological museums: An epistemology of postcolonial debate. In: Conal McCarthy, Philipp Schorch (eds.): Curatopia: Museums and the future of curatorship. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019, S. 44-55 (zus. mit Larissa Förster)

Strategische Reflexivität. Das Berliner Humboldt Forum und die postkoloniale Kritik. In: Historische Anthropologie 25(3), 2017, S. 409-417

Plädoyer für die Unabgeschlossenheit. Einige Überlegungen zum Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. In: Schweizerisches Archiv für Volkskunde / Archives suisses des traditions populaires 113(2), 2017, S. 125-129

Labor im Museum – Museum als Labor? Zur Ausstellung als sinnlich-ästhetischem Format. In: Karl Braun et al. (Hg.): Kulturen der Sinne. Zugänge zur Sensualität der sozialen Welt. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2017, S. 347-357

Die Macht der Dinge. Zur Beharrlichkeit musealer Ordnungen. In: Martina Griesser et al. (Hg.): Gegen den Stand der Dinge. Objekte in Museen und Ausstellungen. Berlin: Verlag De Gruyter, 2016, S. 99-113

The making of Berlin‘s Humboldt-Forum: Negotiating history and the cultural politics of place. In: darkmatter Journal 11 (2013): Afterlives, www.darkmatter101.org

Museumx. Zur Neuvermessung eines mehrdimensionalen Raumes. Berlin: Panama Verlag, 2012 (Hrsg. mit Kerstin Poehls, Franka Schneider und Annett Schulze).

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