Archaeological Promenade in the James Simon Gallery
Museum Island Berlin, Germany, 2019
In the recently opened James Simon Gallery Duncan McCauley has designed the first section of the Archaeological Promenade as an innovative presentation that brings cultural history alive and makes it tangible. The presentation succinctly summarizes the historical development of the Museum Island with its 5 museums and 7 archaeological collections, starting with its modest beginnings as a coin cabinet in the Berlin Palace up to the current status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The timeless design blends harmoniously into the architecture of the James Simon Gallery. A selection of key exhibits from the collections are combined with narrative installations in digital and analogue format to provide clear orientation and make the special features of the site accessible to a wide audience. The exhibition presentation is conceived both as a prologue and prelude to a visit, as well as an epilogue and summary conclusion.