Decline and renewal – Early Middle Ages in the Southern Upper Rhine

From 6 October 2022

Almost everyone can imagine what the times of the Romans and knights was like. But what happened in our region in the roughly 500 years in between? The new exhibition space in the Colombischlössle presents finds from this exciting era. Was it just a time of doom? 

For a long time, researchers assumed that society in the southern Upper Rhine region collapsed after the end of the Western Roman Empire. Archaeological finds such as precious jewelry, swords of the highest quality and imported goods from foreign lands tell a very different story. Within three centuries the life of the people changes in many ways: On the hills squares are fortified and developed, in the plains farms and villages are developing. Near them, over generations, small cemeteries grow into large burial grounds with several hundred graves.

The exhibition Decline and renewal offers the opportunity to take a look at the transition to a new age! 


Peter Dreher - Painting in order to paint

16th september 2022 to 19th february 2023

What happens when you paint the same motif again and again over a period of more than forty years? Peter Dreher (1932–2020) is especially known for his paintings of glasses, which he titled Tag um Tag guter Tag (Day by Day, Good Day): he painted the same plain glass against the same background in his studio from 1972 until his death in 2020 almost 5,000 times. Dreher was deeply interested in painting itself, which he questioned and passed this question on to many young artists in his role as professor at the Freiburg branch of the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe in Freiburg. 


Kammerspiel: The Gabriele Rauschning Collection

26 November 2022 to 5 March 2023

What does it mean to live with art? To collect and own it? Which artwork marks the beginning of the collection and how do preferences change? Does the emphasis shift? Does one's own view change over time?


The GROSSMANN phenomenon meets artistic photography

28 October 2022 to 19 February 2023

Illustration, printmaking and painting encounter photography, Modernism engages with contemporary art: born in Freiburg, Rudolf Großmann’s (1882–1941) tools were paper, pen, pencil, needle and brush. In his capacity as a journalist, he published countless texts and illustrations. He is still little known nowadays. In order to revisit his work in a new light, the exhibition places it side by side with contemporary artistic photography. What parallels and differences emerge? And how do our habitual ways of seeing play a role in this regard? Photography’s technically-determined gaze decisively shapes our image of the world today. But how did it influence Großmann’s way of seeing?


Freiburg and Colonialism: Yesterday? Today!

25 June 2022 to 11 June 2023

What does Freiburg, and what do we, have to do with German colonialism? We are still profiting economically, politically and culturally from the structures of oppression and exploitation that were created pre-1919. At that time people from all social classes believed in racial
ideology. A feeling of intellectual and cultural superiority over others, particularly non-Europeans, was widespread. And today? What prejudices and behavioural patterns have been passed down through the generations – either consciously or unconsciously? How are they expressed in our everyday lives? The exhibition reappraises Freiburg’s colonial interrelationships and encourages us to question our own actions.



Heads - masked, transformed

29 September 2023 to 14 February 2024

The human face: it reflects the personality, reveals emotions and states of mind. But it also reveals things that people prefer to hide. That is why it has always been an important theme in art. Many paintings, graphics and sculptures are dedicated to the tension between showing, masking and transforming. The exhibition presents works from a private collection that has long pursued this thematic focus. It shows works from the 12th century to the present.


Crystal Magic – The Hidden Magic of Dark Tourmalines

24 May 2023 to 14 January 2024

Tourmalines are not only sought-after gemstones, but also beguiling study objects. Whereas colourful versions are rare and precious, tourmalines that are jet-black on the outside are commonly found ‑ sometimes also in the Black Forest. Initially they appear to be unremarkable, but a fascinating surprise is waiting inside them: cut the crystals into slices; grind these slices until they are wafer thin; and colours, and sometimes incredible pictorial worlds, will emerge out of the darkness. These impressive artworks of nature were created because tourmalines react very sensitively to external influences during their growth, thereby adapting their shape and colour.


A Celebration – the 30th anniversary of the Friends of the Museum für Neue Kunst

7 April to 10 September 2023

The Museum für Neue Kunst is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Friends of the Museum für Neue Kunst e. V. with an exciting exhibition project. For the steadily growing circle of friends, three things were particularly important right from the start: art, the promotion of – especially regional – artists as well as encounters and exchanges with one another. The association has accompanied and supported the work and development of the museum with many purchases. A regularly changing presentation now honors the great commitment in the past, presents the current work and risks an outlook into the future.


Celts for Kids – A journey into the Iron Age

30 November 2023 to 1 September 2024

Through the comic heroes Asterix and Obelix, the Celts are known as comical ruffians. But what were people really up to in the Iron Age? How did they live here in Breisgau? An interactive discovery tour shows that the Celts were not only courageous heroes, but also pioneers in arts and crafts. They travelled far and wide and traded. Unique finds, hands-on stations and illustrations invite children and young people on an exciting journey through time.


Creating Memories: Japanese Photographs

28 October 2023 to 14 April 2024

At the end of the 19th century, Japan became a dream destination for many travellers. Numerous studios sprang up on site offering for sale photographs of typical views of Japan, and the travellers themselves also circulated their own photographs. The delicate hues of the hand-coloured images of landscapes, temples, genre scenes and people in traditional work clothes have had a particularly strong influence on Japan's image abroad to this day. The House of Prints and Drawings is presenting the fascinating photographs from the Ethnological Collection of the Museum Natur und Mensch for the first time. The exhibition curator is the Zurich East Asia specialist Hans Bjarne Thomsen.


From Egg to Chick

25 February to 16 April 2023

They are scurrying through the museum again and capturing hearts: yellow, brown, black, spotted and striped chicks. They are not only cute, they are also ambassadors for respectful treatment of animals. After more than 30 years, many fans of the family exhibition have known for a long time that if you are quiet as a mouse and prick up your ears at the show hatchery, you may already hear a soft beeping in the egg or the cracking of the shell. If you are very lucky, you will experience the magic moment when a chick hatches. Perhaps a Sundheimer or an Altsteirer? These and other regional and endangered chicken breeds are back.


Transformation of the World – Master Sheets by Hendrick Goltzius

24 June to 17 September 2023

The Dutch engraver and painter Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) was the first meta-artist of graphic art. Then as now, his virtuosity of craftsmanship and creative pictorial inventions are inspiring. He imitated various stylistic techniques and styles, on which he superimposed his own commentary. Unlike his contemporaries, the multi-talented artist designed, engraved and published himself. His heroes, goddesses and celestials pay homage to the human body and radiate great dynamism. Ancient mythologies and Christian themes were as much a part of his repertoire as moralising allegories.


Wilhelm Hasemann and the Invention of the Black Forest

22 July 2023 to 24 March 2024

Idyllic landscapes, impressive farms and, of course, the Bollenhut (traditional hat with pom-poms) - this image of the Black Forest is omnipresent today. Wilhelm Hasemann (1850-1913), who devoted a large part of his life and work to the region around Gutach, played a major role in shaping this image. But do his works show the reality in the 19th century? In addition to paintings and drawings, the Augustinermuseum presents photographs by the artist that served as his models. This look behind the scenes reveals a lot about projections and stagings that still make up the "Black Forest" cliché today.