Friedrich von Bose

Friedrich von Bose

Interdisciplinary Laboratory

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.