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.


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.


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.