The team of ARIADNE consists of scientists from different disciplines, who have many years of experience as freelancers of the Berlin State Museums.
Our aim is to provide you with the fascinating variety of Berlin’s museums, both in a professionally well-founded and lively manner. In doing so, we individually attune to each group and are happy to fulfil personal wishes as well.
JANET KEMPF, M.A.
I studied art history, Spanish and history in Berlin, Madrid and Munich. Since 2006, I have been working in both the curatorial and educational area of the museums. One of my favorite works of art is Donatello's Putto with Tambourine in the Bode-Museum, as he presents the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy in an extraordinary way.
MANUELA GANDER, M.A.
The book »Sinuhe egyptiläinen« (»The Egyptian«) by Mika Waltari was the inspiration for the Pharaonic Egypt in my younger days. I studied Egyptology and library sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2017, I finished my doctoral thesis on imitation of materials in Egypt. Since 2004, I have been working in the museums of Berlin, especially in the Egyptian Museum. The Library of Antiquity with the Papyrus Collection is one of my favorite rooms. There you can also find the original papyrus of Sinuhe.
Dr. VERA BLUMENTHAL
Due to my studies of Egyptology and Classical Archeology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, my gaze reaches far beyond the end of the pharaohs. Apart from some projects in Egypt itself, my focus is on the mediation of archaeological knowledge. The subtly worked head of Queen Tiyi exerts a special fascination on me. The facial features are expressive and almost portrait-like. In doing so, the artist knew very well how to combine precious materials such as gold, glass and wood. A real treasure!
MARC LOTH, M.A.
I studied Egyptology, Prehistoric Archeology and Nubiology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2009, I have been accompanying visitors to the New Museum in their encounter of these early cultures. I find the exhibited gold treasure from the Pyramid of the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto, a testimony of intense cultural contacts with an adventurous discovery story, particularly interesting. In 2012, I published the first book on Egyptomania in Berlin.
GUIDO PETRAS, M.A.
Where »classical« archeologists’ interest ends is definitely not the end for me: I also deal with the late antique and medieval cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean area. I have studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and since 2006 I have been working for the Berlin museums, among other things. My favorite object in the Bode-Museum is the Gambling Machine (Kugelspiel) from around 530 AD. The reliefs on the late antique »betting machine« do not only show dramatic chariot races. They also provide insights into the occasionally frivolous everyday life of Constantinople – the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.