Prussian Cultural Heritage Board of Trustees

Strong partners support the Foundation’s work. The diverse involvement of leading businesses, which have joined together to form the Prussian Cultural Heritage Board of Trustees, goes beyond mere sponsorship and takes place in a strategic partnership.

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Prussian Cultural Heritage Board
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The Prussian Cultural Heritage Board of Trustees, which was established in 2014, is an association of leading German businesses. The board understands itself as being in a strategic partnership, supporting the Foundation in implementing selected projects. Along with activities connected to the Humboldt Forum, the focus is on communication, cultural education and transfer and digital transformation. Further, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Board of Trustees supports the Foundation’s effort to extend its network and also makes its thematic expertise available.

The following internationally active business organizations are currently members of the board: Bayer AG, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Deutsche Bank AG, Google Germany GmbH, Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Siemens AG, Würth-Gruppe and ZDF. The chairman of the board is Helen Müller, Head of Cultural Affairs and Corporate History of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA; her deputy is Stephan Frucht, Senior Vice President Culture and Sponsoring and Artistic Director Siemens Arts Program of Siemens AG.

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Board has replaced the Museum Island board of trustees, which supported the projects of Museum Island from 2001 to 2013. 

Strategic Support of Sustainable Projects

As a universal cultural institution, the SPK is responsible for its excellent collections, including their maintenance and research activities. This is the Board’s point of departure for its support.

Access and Participation for Everyone

Whether the subject is communication media or digital transformation, in projects involving education and knowledge transfer, in outstanding special exhibits or activities around the Humboldt Forum, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Board has always been a valuable, stimulating partner for the SPK. One key focus of the support is the area of public access and participation.

The Board as the SPK’s supportive companion in change

The SPK also sees the Board of Trustees above all as a partner who accompanies change and supports the SPK with content expertise from a business perspective. Projects in the area of communication, such as better marketing of the Gipsformerei through an online store or production and distribution of the SPK magazine, could only be implemented thanks to the great support of the Board of Trustees.

Another topic close to the heart of the Board of Trustees is the mediation and use of media. For example, the Board supported the development of an app for the exhibition "Africa in the Bode Museum."

Also supported by the Board funds is the program work at Haus Bastian with the project "Welcome to Museum Island! Welcome to Haus Bastian!" as well as the summer program "Connections," which has drawn visitors to Museum Island in recent summers. The large-scale mediation project "Rauf auf die Insel!" (Up on the Island!) used new formats and offers to show how creatively the corona-related restrictions were dealt with.

Thanks to funding from the Board of Trustees, since 2019 the innovative event series "Design Lab" has invited selected design studios, students and activists* to work on current topics and projects and to enter into a discourse with the collection of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Since 2021, the event series "Porzellan und Musik" can also be experienced as a new cooperation between the Kunstgewerbemuseum and the Musikinstrumenten-Museum.

In addition, the Board of Trustees supports selected research projects such as the provenance research project "Tanzania - Germany. Divided Object Histories?" as well as a provenance research project in cooperation with Cameroon.
The Board of Trustees is also committed to the Forschungscampus Dahlem and supports the exhibition workshop "5 Dinge - 10 Blicke".

Without the Board, it would also not have been possible to have the room on the third floor of the Humboldt Forum dedicated to Chinese court art designed as a permanent installation by the architect and Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu.

Special exhibitions are also part of the curatorial support portfolio: the exhibition "Schliemann's Welten" will be shown in the James Simon Galerie and the Neues Museum on Museum Island since May 2022 thanks to the Board's support. The exhibition "Splitter des Lebens. Ein Ukraine-Tagebuch," which was also realized with the help of the Board, can be seen at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Dahlem.

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