This section contains an overview of the most relevant exhibitions. Each item is connected to the organizing museum.

Fashion in the Third Reich

Fashion magazin, around 1939. Photo: TIM Augsburg.

Fashion in Nazi Germany is the subject of an exhibition of clothing under a totalitarian regime. It shows the way the ideology infiltrated into the lifes of all citizens, from childhood to private and professional life. Uniforms of the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) and the Bund Deutscher Mädel (female youth), police, postmen and other officials feature. The regime also produced fashion magazines, focusing on the German way a woman should dress. Outfits worn by women on the production line, in offices of the Reich, in daily life or at social events and ballroom gowns also feature in the exhibition. Fashion in a totalitarian regime is fascinating, because the official guidelines and propaganda always meet resistance of social, religious or ideological groups or individuals. This was also the case in Germany, by the Catholic Youth Organisation “ Bund Neudeutschland” , the Swing Youth “ Swingjugend”, the Edelweiss Pirates “ Eidelweisspiraten” and various other (in) formal organizations, that resisted the official doctrine and dresscode. This resistance was relatively safe until the outbreak of the war in 1939, but the regime brutally persecuted individuals and groups after the fortune of war had changed after 1942. By the end of the war, in 1945, fashion was fully controlled by the regime and opposition by dresscode had been wiped out. One of the most cruel excesses was the fate of inmates of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Around 15-20 prisoners died every day, because they were forced to walk on unfit shoes to try new models, materials and their life expectancy. Even fashion was a murderous business in the Reich.

Cranach, Luther and Reformation

Lucas Cranach the Older (1472-1553), Martin Luther 1529. Uffizi Gallery Florence. Photo: Wikipedia.

Lucas Cranach the Older (1472-1553) was a close and loyal allie of Martin Luther from the very beginning of his Reformation campaign in 1517. This exhibition puts the works by Cranach into the perspective of the period just before and decades after the Reformation, his view concerning iconoclasm and the artistic consequences. The show also highlights the golden age oft he German Renaissance painters and other artists.

Luther, Knights, Peasants and Cities

The Room of Luther, 1530. Coburg Castle. Photo: Kunstsammlungen Coburg.

The exhibition focuses on the period around 1500 and in particular the reformation after1517. Martin Luther lived in the Coburg castle during the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530. The (social) role and situation of peasants, cities, nobility and clergy is being shown and discussed. The regions of Swaben, Hessen and Bayern are at the centre of the attention. Works by contemporary artists, such as Cranach, Dürer and many others, are presented and shown into the perspective of this turbulent time.

Arabesque patterns in Baden Baden

The exhibition concentrates on two essential characteristics of the work by Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010). His works live off organised coincidence and harbour mysterious surprises. They are marked by a playful way with words and images that transcends any attempts at categorical stringency. It focusses on the random of his paintings, which are created by the use of unusual materials. Alchemy is juxtaposed with the aspect of arabesque – ornamental line patterns, which Polke took, for example, from the wood-cuts of Dürer and Altdorfer.