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Bright cultural exchange – Cultural centre from Kuwait presents videomapping at the James-Simon-Galerie 

At the beginning of July, the James-Simon-Galerie was opened as a new central entrance building on Berlin’s Museum Island. David Chipperfield and his team have created a wonderful building, which this year will also be part of the glowing Berlin at the Festival of Lights.

The building is named after the Berlin industrialist and patron Henri James Simon, who supported many museums and charitable institutions in Wilhelmine Berlin (1890–1914). As the largest supporter of the National Museums in Berlin at the time, he was also committed to ensuring that as broad a public as possible had access to art and science.

The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, or ASCC for short, from Kuwait was a guest at the Festival of Lights, where the new building on the Museum Island shone with a breathtaking video mapping. The connection was extremely fitting, because the idea of the brand new cultural centre is similar. The centre in Kuwait combines Arabic and Western culture and is one of the largest cultural building complexes in the world. The ASCC houses a total of 22 galleries with over 1,100 exhibits and offers a natural history museum, a science and technology museum, an art centre, an Arab-Islamic science museum, a space museum and a theatre.  A Fine Arts Gallery and an Arab-Islamic Science Centre complete the museum complex.

In the festival this became visible for the Berliners and their guests in a 10-minute video mapping. It showed a cross-section of the themes and exhibitions of the ASCC and connected this with the culture of Kuwait. A journey through the evolution of mankind.

In the second part of the extremely elaborate mapping, a selection of the world-famous cultural treasures of the National Museums in Berlin could be admired. A collection of masterpieces and contemporary witnesses from many millennia, united in an internationally unique cultural collection.