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Medizinhistorisches Museum: The Soul is an OctopuS

The exhibition “The Soul is an Octopus” examines ancient conceptions of the soul and its interaction with the human body.

Medizinhistorisches Museum, May 11, 2016 to September 11, 2016

THRACE 3.0: Coinage in the Land of Orpheus

Philippopolis, Bronze, 209-211 AD, Obverse: AVT K Π CE-ΠTI ΓETAC. Draped, armored bust of Geta with laurel wreath, facing right, Reverse: ΦIΛIΠΠOΠO/ΛEITΩN. Orpheus sits holding a lyre on a rock facing right, surrounded by a pig, a stork, a wolf, a duck, a dog, a marten, a lion and a hare. Berlin, Münzkabinett, IKMK 18200873.Coins are a particularly good medium for investigating the potential influence that social, economic and administrative changes can exert on local identity constructions. The exhibition will demonstrate this clearly by drawing on coinages from 44 Thracian cities.

Numismatic Collection in the Bode-Museum, October 16, 2015 – March 30, 2016



Museum – Envisioned / MuseumsVisionen

Museumsvisionen02An Exhibtion on the Museum Island Development Competition of 1883.

In July of 1883 the Prussian Ministry of Culture advertised an architectural competition for the further development of Museum Island. Fifty-two architects from the German-speaking world submitted blueprints for new buildings.

Showroom of the Bauakademie, Berlin, September 17 – October 11, 2015



Forum Romanum 3.0. Roms antikes Zentrum zwischen Realität und Virtualität

Forum-Romanum_Wandel-des-PlatzesAm 10. Juni 2015 wurde die Ausstellung “Forum Romanum 3.0 – Roms antikes Zentrum zwischen Realität und Virtualität” zusammen mit den neuen Sammlungsräumen des Winckelmann-Instituts feierlich eröffnet. Mittels verschiedener digitaler Medien wie Audioinstallationen, Tablets, Animation und 3D-gedruckten Modellen wird das Forum Romanum in seinen Facetten den Besuchern verständlich gemacht.

Humboldt-Universität, Unter den Linden 6, Raum 3094, June 10 – July 22, 2015


Lange NachT Der Wissenschaften 2015

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Bei der diesjährigen Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften widmen sich unsere vielfältigen Programmpunkte dem Thema “Krieg und Frieden in der Alten Welt”.

Topoi-Haus Dahlem, June 13, 2015




Iron as a raw material is the central topic of Topoi Research Group A-5. The Iron Age section of the newly designed exhibition on prehistory and early history presents archaeological finds from Glienick, a settlement with early iron production in Brandenburg.

Neues Museum Berlin, daily 10 – 18, on thursdays up to 22 h


Antike Welten. Greek Coinage in display at the Altes Museum

Antike WeltenThe Berliner Antikensammlung is showing its newly conceived Greek art exhibition on the main floor of the Altes Museum. The exhibition features a room dedicated entirely to Greek coins and presenting, via a special exhibition display case, a Topoi project on numismatics: “Spatial Representation on Greek Coins and Its Effect on Neighboring Coinage”.

Altes Museum, daily 10 – 18, on thursdays up to 22 h



Last Exhibition Projects

Antike ARCHITektur im Blick / Eyes on ancient architecture

Einband_webThe exhibition features documentary drawings and visualizations of ancient archi-tecture created in the course of research projects at the Deutsches Archäolo-gisches Institut. This collection shows just how much has changed over the last forty years in how ancient architecture is both reconstructed and viewed — a Topoi topic currently being explored by the research group “Ruins and space. A brief history of dealings with archaeological excavation sites.”

Urania Berlin, October 16 – November 7, 2013     


Jenseits des Horizonts

Jenseits des HorizontsThe Topoi exhibition in 2012 with more than 100,000 visitors placed the theme of the Excellence Cluster in a central position, while simultaneously depicting important research results of the last 5 years.

Pergamon Museum, June 21 – September 30, 2012


Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Lange Nacht der WissenschaftenJedes Jahr bietet Topoi in der “Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften” unter einem neuen spannenden Thema interessante Einblicke in die Erforschung antiker Kulturen. Mit Vorträgen, Mitmachkursen und Vorführungen wird ein breites Publikum von Kindern, Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen angesprochen.

Topoi-Haus Dahlem, May 10, 2014


Auf den Kopf gestellt. Welt-Bilder – Bild-Welten

WeltbilderEine (Wander)Ausstellung von Studierenden der Freien Universität Berlin und der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Kooperation mit der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin und dem Exzellenzcluster Topoi.

zuletzt: 14. Juni – 2. August 2013,
Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn
Ahrstr. 45, 53175 Bonn


Topoi Exhibition Contributions

nymphTopoi has already contributed to a wide range of exhibitions…


Research and Concepts

research and conceptsHow does one exhibit ancient spaces and knowledge regarding the shaping of ancient spaces in museums or in exhibitions? This is a central theme in Topoi. In cooperation with the Berlin National Museums (SMB), this question was directly incorporated into the work of the museum. In cooperation with Topoi-Fellows, concepts for new exhibitions and presentations have been and are being developed for the Museum of Islamic Art. The new arrangement of the Museum of Prehistory and Ancient History in the Neues Museum serves as an example in this case.