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"Über Tage - unter Tage. Der Ofenkaulberg im Siebengebirge"

"Above ground - underground. The Ofenkaulberg in the Siebengebirge"

Siebengebirgsmuseum, Königwinter

This looks like the halls of Moria from Lord of the Rings, but it is part of the underground labyrinth in the Ofenkaulberg in the Siebengebirge. The new special exhibition in the Siebengebirgsmuseum deals with the Ofenkaulberg (Kaulen=pits), a mountain ridge located between Hirschberg, Petersberg and Wolkenburg, which is especially known for its extensive tunnel system. Trachyttuff was mined here for centuries for the construction of baking ovens. The exhibition documents the traces left by surface and underground mining and is the result of the interdisciplinary research project "Witnesses of Landscape History in the Siebengebirge". Cooperation partners of the Siebengebirgsmuseum were the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR) and the Biological Station im Rhein-Sieg-Kreis e. V..

Due to Corona restrictions, the exact opening date of the exhibition is unfortunately not yet fixed. Please inform yourself about this on the website of the Siebengebirgsmuseums >>

Our loans are already in Königswinter:

  • Allgemeines Organ für Handel und Gewerbe und damit verwandte Gegenstände / Wöchentliches Beiblatt/1.1836, Signatur: RHPER502-1.1836 from Sammlung Rheinland
  • Carl August Menzel: Handbuch für den Bau der Feuerungsanlagen für häusliche, technische und gewerbliche Zwecke, 1875, Signatur: V47/77


"Gelehrtes Duisburg"

"Educated Duisburg"

Kultur- und Stadthistorisches Museum Duisburg

Exhibition period: Juni 2021 - Januar 2022

The 16th century was marked by new revolutionary ideas, such as humanism, which demanded that people think and act on their own responsibility and turn away from the religious domination of the Catholic Church. In the midst of this changing world, the Lower Rhine developed into a center of attraction for minds and geniuses, primarily from the "Spanish Netherlands". On the Lower Rhine, the humanistically educated Duke William V of Jülich-Kleve-Berg promises religious tolerance to the inhabitants of his domain. This and the planned founding of a university bring scientists, philosophers, writers and theologians to Duisburg. Here, a circle of intellectual greats emerges, who from then on have such a formative influence on the city that it was at times referred to as "duisburgum doctum", the "learned Duisburg".

But who are they, the spirits and geniuses of this time who gather in Duisburg? They are doctors and diplomats, prince educators and school rectors, poets and philosophers, jurists and reformers. They are all humanists committed to education and intellectual freedom. The most prominent among them is certainly Gerhard Mercator. Others may not be so familiar today, such as Georg Cassander, who argued for reform of the Catholic Church, Johann Weyer, who campaigned against witch hunts, Cornelius Wouters, who knows what Duisburg had to do with the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, or Johanna Otho, who wrote artful poetry. The exhibition presents a network of scholars that turned the world upside down.
(Source: Dr. Andrea Gropp, Kultur- und Stadthistorisches Museum Duisburg, Exhibition flyer)

We are pleased to have been able to contribute two loans to the " Educated Duisburg" exhibition:

  • Georg Cassander: Consultatio de articulis religionis inter catholicos et protestantes controversis, 1577, Signatur: WFIV25

  • Georg Cassander: Traditionum veteris ecclesiae et sanctorum patrum defensio adversus Io. Calvini importunas criminationes, 1565, Signatur: T10/1530

Exhibition catalog: Mercators Nachbarn - ein Gelehrten-Netzwerk im 16. Jahrhundert, 2020,  Signatur: 45A4476


"Die Geschichte der Dinge. Zur Herkunft der Objekte in nordrhein-westfälischen Sammlungen"

"The history of things. On the Origin of Objects in North Rhine-Westphalian Collections"

LWL Museumsamt North Rhine-Westphalia

Touring exhibition from 27.09.2020 - 06.03.2022

"It is true that museums and other institutions, such as libraries and archives, are now increasingly promoting research on important items in their collections. Nevertheless, it is only slowly becoming clear that works of art, valuable objects or everyday objects acquired today could also be looted goods" (Verena Burhenne, exhibition curator at the LWL Museumsamt für Westfalen)

We are represented in the exhibition, which deals with provenance research across collections, with loans from our "Virtual Library Elise and Helene Richter":

Information on provenance research at the University and City Library of Cologne: "Provenienzen erforschen, verzeichnen, restituieren"