Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik

Zentralinstitut der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Art Collection

The art collection is one of the numerous collections at the Humboldt Universität and since 2019 directly assigned to the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik. It represents the close intertwining of art and science history in monuments, marble, bronze and plaster busts, oil portraits, paintings, memorial plaques, drawings, graphics, insignia, coins and medals. The university’s insignia are also part of the art collection: scepters, chains of rectors, chains of deans and robes. Most of the approximately 1,000 objects are located in the faculties and institutes. Many of the University’s own works of art are exhibited in the institute and workrooms of the HU.

These fall within the remit of the Art Collection:

  • professional preservation of the objects
  • scientific indexing and research of individual collection objects and the collection association
  • presentation of the objects and communication of comprehensive aspects of the collection through exhibitions, guided tours, lectures, courses and publications
  • support of research activities and publications on the collection holdings
  • coordination of national and international loans
  • support for the preservation of monuments and historic buildings with regard to architectural works of art and freestanding monuments
    curatorial advice to the Kleine Humboldt-Galerie

The position of Collection Director of the Art Collection/Custody is currently vacant. Please contact our secretariat in urgent cases:
Gisela Schmidtbauer, Tel: (030) 2093 12880.

Address:
Art Collection/Custody
ZI Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Engineering
Philippstrasse 13
10115 Berlin

E-mail: kustodie@hu-berlin.de