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Humboldt-Box Berlin - The King and his Throne

Humboldt-Box Berlin - The King and his Throne

The Humboldt-Box in Berlin Mitte informs about the coming „Humboldt-Forum“ that will from 2019 on be situated in the re-erected castle. The multimedia installation „The King and his throne“ is a contribution of the Ethnographic museum in Berlin-Dahlem. It reminds the visitor of the colonial era and asks him to critically engage with this past.

The throne was a gift of King Nyoya to the German emperor Kaiser Wilhem II. and was brought to Berlin in 1908. Five experts from very different professional backgrounds talk about the throne, their personal relationshipt to it, the role of King Njoya in todays Cameroon and the relationships between Cameroon and Germany. This multi-vocal access to the object reveals a multitude of agencys and allows for different perspectives.

The experts are (in order of appearance):

Zakarie Njoya Montie (Nurse, Göttingen)
Dr. Stefanie Michels (Historian, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Dr. Peter Junge (Curator of the Africa Dept., Ethnologisches Museum Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (Historian, Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
Mark Kwami (Designer, made in africa collection Berlin)

"The King and his Throne" was curated by Dr. Michaela Oberhofer (Berlin) for the Ethnographic Museum  - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/ Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

The Humboldt-Forum exhibition was designed by res d design und architektur, Köln.

Media design and production: Arcadia Filmproduktion, Berlin.

  • curation of the multimedia-installation l "The King and his Throne" by Dr. Michaela Oberhofer (Berlin) commissioned by the Ethnological Museum/ State Museums of Berlin/ Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Media design and production: Arcadia Filmproduktion, Berlin