The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MMK Frankfurt wish to address the effects of globalisation and digitalisation in a project that explores the complex subject of “globalism” and the challenges it brings. With their project “museum global?” they scrutinise modernity and the canon upon which it is based.
The Museum of Cultural History in Görlitz owns a unique collection of historic art cabinets containing such items as electrifying machines, furniture, prints and minerals. The specimens are displayed in rooms specially designed for the collections, and in some cases, are stored in the original containers from the 19th century. This collection of historic cabinets is unarguably one of the most unique of its kind.
The valuable collection, comprised of a physics library and cabinets of prints and specimens of natural history, antiquity and minerals, originally belonged to the Oberlausitz Scientific Society founded in 1779. For the past 200 years, it has been stored at Neissstraße 30 – the most impressive building of the Baroque period in Görlitz – and since 1951, has been under the curatorship of the Museum of Cultural History.
In terms of their condition, many of the art cabinets were in a critical state. Some of the pieces were severely threatened. The KUR project conserved these exquisite historic art collections using the most modern art technological methods. The measures safeguarded this treasure of cultural knowledge dating back to around 1800 for research purposes and appropriately presented it in newly renovated exhibition rooms in the Baroque-period building.
Museum of Cultural History, Görlitz
Saxon State Office for Museum Affairs, Chemnitz
Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden
State Natural History Collections, Dresden
Freie Universität Berlin
Dresden State Art Collections, Mathematical-Physical Salon and Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Saxon State Office for Landmark Preservation
Archaeological Heritage Service and State Museum of Prehistory, Dresden
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg
State Museum of Natural History, Görlitz
Silesian Museum Foundation, Görlitz