19/04/2019 – 06/10/2019

Black Forest Stories

Augustinermuseum

Dark forests, rustic farms, pompom hat and cherry gateau: There’s hardly a German cultural landscape loaded with so many clichés as the Black Forest. Even today it’s a place of yearning and a popular holiday destination. But how did this myth develop? What’s the truth about the stories and fairytales that envelop the region? The Augustinermuseum allows pictures to tell the story.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, artists such as Emil Lugo, Hans Thoma, Wilhelm Hasemann and Curt Liebich were fascinated with the landscape, the people and their traditions. They brought juicy green summer meadows and pine forests covered in deep snow on to their canvases, captured the atmosphere of stormy autumn evenings and sunny spring mornings with their brushes. And of course, the people of the Black Forest: Whether it’s a shepherd boy with cows or a goose girl, a bridal procession to the church or a young man visiting a fortune teller, the work in the watchmaker’s workshop or coffee-table gossip in the parlour – genre scenes give us an insight into the life of previous generations. Faith and superstition, agriculture and innovative craftsmanship,
seclusion and awakening to international trade: A multifaceted picture is created that extends far beyond the clichés.

And today? What role does social media play in the modern continuation of the Black Forest myth? An instagram wall represents a bridge between analogue cultural heritage and digital present day. Using the hashtag #blackforeststories, visitors can post their own Black Forest photos – thereby becoming part of the exhibition themselves.

© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg. Julius Heffner, Der Hornberg, circa 1937 Foto: Axel Killian
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg, Foto: Axel Killian
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg, Foto: Axel Killian
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg, Foto: Axel Killian
Rudolf Dischinger, Bedrohung, 1935, © Nachlass des Künstlers, Foto: Peter Vieser
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg Wilhelm Hasemann, Schwarzwaldhaus, circa 1900 Foto: Axel Killian
Mathilde ter Heijne, Experimental Archaology: Ontology of the In Between (2), 2014, © Courtesy the Artist, Foto: Marc Doradzillo
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg Franz Xaver Gräßel, Gutacherin auf der Wiese, circa 1900 Foto: Axel Killian
Anna Löbner, Die Hunde, 1996, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Peter Vieser
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg Hermann Dischler, Vereiste Tannen am Feldberg, 1923 Foto: Axel Killian
Priska von Martin, Keulengesicht, o.J., © SOS-Kinderdorf e.V. als Rechtsnachfolger im Nachlass von Priska von Martin, Foto: Peter Vieser
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg Johann Baptist Kirner, Die Kartenschlägerin, 1846 Foto: Axel Killian
Michel Sauer, Dreibeinige Glocke, 1996 – 1997, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Peter Vieser
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg Hans Thoma, Landschaft auf der Baar, 1911 Leihgabe des Landes Baden-Württemberg, Foto: Hans-Peter Vieser
Manfred Wild, Italienische Landschaft (Haus I.), 1993, © Courtesy the Artist Foto: Peter Vieser
© Augustinermuseum – Städtische Museen Freiburg Franz Xaver Gräßel, Kinder mit Gänsen, 1887 Foto: Hans-Peter Vieser

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission fees

7 euros / concessions 5 euros

Contact

Augustinermuseum
Augustinerplatz
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel.: +49 (0)761 / 201-2531
augustinermuseum@stadt.freiburg.de
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