Fascinating landscapes, spectacular temples or people adopting romantically staged poses while wearing traditional costumes: early photographs such as these, hand-coloured in delicate shades, still influence the image of Japan abroad to this day. Countless ateliers offered the images for sale as souvenirs. Their dissemination throughout Europe led to Japan becoming a place of longing for many travellers towards the end of the 19th century.
Once upon a time, it was not only the active agents abroad in the colonies who were convinced of a racial ideology; their thought patterns were also widespread in Freiburg among the general populace. How did these ideas manifest themselves in everyday life? Did this state of affairs finally come to an end after German colonialism was consigned to history in 1919?
His gaze is empathic, witty and ironic, but also full of doubt and contradiction: Christoph Meckel (1935-2020) observed and commented on his era. In the exhibited prints, one can sense an individualistic canon of forms that addresses important social issues.
Colonial looted art, provenance research and sensitive collections: in recent years, ethnological museums and the objects preserved in them have become the focus of critical public scrutiny as never before. But what actually makes ethnological collections and their objects "sensitive"?
His paintings are so alive, it is as if one can almost hear the clinking of the glasses and the laughing of the children. Johann Baptist Kirner was once one of the most celebrated painters in the Black Forest but is now almost forgotten. Discover his painted stories here!
“A rare Proteus in art” – this is how biographer Carel van Mander describes his fellow artist, colleague, and friend, Hendrick Goltzius. The sea-god Proteus, able to transform his shape at will, came to symbolise this artist whose work and life were informed by transformation.
The Museum für Neue Kunst (MNK) is celebrating a rediscovery: Priska von Martin (1912–1982) left an extensive and extremely modern oeuvre to posterity. In her life, she broke new ground and created something extraordinary in what was the male domain of sculpture at that time.
Johann Martin Morat captured impressions of his Baden homeland in delicate yet radiantly clear colours: He travelled between the Black Forest, Breisgau and Markgräflerland via the High Rhine but also visited the regions of Lake Constance and the bordering areas of Switzerland. His richly detailed gouaches and watercoloured pencil drawings tell us about the architectural and cultural history of the region.
Lyrical landscapes, graceful geishas and dramatic scenes from the theatre: the rare and valuable Japanese woodblock prints that entered the collection of the Freiburg municipal museums nearly one hundred years ago allow a vivid ephemeral world to unfold before our eyes.
Dark forests, quaint farms, "Bollenhut" and cherry cake: hardly any other German cultural landscape is afflicted with so many clichés as the Black Forest. Even today it is a place of longing and a popular holiday destination. But how did this myth come about? What is the truth about the stories and fairy tales that surround the region? We let the pictures tell their stories.