Cultural Contact – Cultures of Contact

Cultural Exchange between Bohemia and Saxony - Funded by the International Museum Fellowship Programme

The transregional history of Bohemia and Saxony in prehistoric and early historic times served as the starting point of this epoch-spanning exhibition project highlighting the development of today’s cultural landscape(s). What did prehistoric humans and the first stone-age settlers find there? How did they make use of and gradually shape their environment? How did cultural exchange develop through migration, religion, art, exile, economy, ethnicity, language and domination? This project offered a richly facetted portrayal of regional transformation and depicted the multidimensional and polyvalent relations and interconnections of both regions.

The concept required a cross-border approach to Saxon-Bohemian history which was performed in joint cooperation by several institutions in both regions. This involved merging various disciplines such as Archaeology, History, Art and Cultural History, and European Ethnology. A bilateral workshop in Prague served as the basis for scientific engagement. A fellow from the Czech Republic accompanied the project from the very beginning. The exhibition was shown in Chemnitz and Prague.

The International Museum Fellowship programme

With this funding programme, the Federal Cultural Foundation enabled guest curators and researchers from abroad to work at museums or public collections in Germany for a duration of 18 months.


Martin Musílek, Fellow at the State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz

Dr. Martin Musílek (*1980), historian and curator has his research interests in the Middle Ages, especially in economic, social and history of individuals. After academic studies he worked in different projects, settled at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Prague. In 2015, after his doctoral research study, on an interim basis he led the section of Bohemian History at the National Museum in Prague. In this period he planed and designed the exhibition "Johannes Hus und sein Erbe". As a fellow he was part of the exhibition-project "Kulturkontakt – Kontaktkulturen".


No upcoming events at present

Previous events

  • 28 September, 2018 to 31 March, 2019: Exhibition "Saxony Bohemia 7000 - Love, Loss and Dreams"

    Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz, Chemnitz

  • 28 September, 2018 to 31 March, 2019: Ausstellung "SACHSEN BÖHMEN 7000 - Liebe, Leid und Luftschlösser"

    Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz, Chemnitz


Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz

Stefan-Heym-Platz 1
09111 Chemnitz (external link, opens in a new window)