STUDY ROOM | 15.05.2024 – 20.10.2024

MO(NU)MENTS
On the Short Life Span of Ceremonial Architecture

In early modern European culture, celebrations were opulent, performed as a matter of course. At the same time, every epoch developed its own unique type of public celebration, be it sacred or profane, courtly or urban. An essential part of the lavishly staged coronations, anniversaries, victory celebrations, or state visits, of weddings or birthdays, were the ephemeral, that is to say, short-lived, ceremonial structures. Designed and built specifically for a particular occasion, the platforms and stages transformed the familiar public space, filled spectators with amazement, and let them forget about their daily worries.

Yet the architecture, often created by well-known artists, was only of short duration—exactly like the moment of celebration. That is why since the fifteenth century descriptions of festivals, which record these fleeting moments in words and pictures, have been an integral component of public celebrations. At the same time, these usually abundantly illustrated documentations, in book form, are as varied as the events themselves. Thanks to these festival books, the cabinet exhibition in the study room revives the former monuments back to life.
Temporäre Festdekoration, aus: Jean Gaspard Gevaerts, Pompa introitus [...], Antwerpen: Joannes Meursius (für Theodor van Thulden), 1641 | © Draiflessen Collection

Accompanying programe

July

Wednesday
10.07.2024

11.00 – 13.00 | Holiday Activities

Birthday garlands, party decorations: upcycling!

in the exhibition MO(NU)MENTS

We will create our own garlands, paper flowers and whatever else we can think of.

Thursday
11.07.2024

11.00 – 13.00 | Holiday Activities

Guided tour for children and print workshop Kitchenprint

in the exhibition MO(NU)MENTS

An exciting guided tour of the Mo(nu)mente exhibition in the Draiflessen Study room awaits you! Afterwards we will try out modern printing techniques.

Wednesday
24.07.2024

11.00 – 13.00 | Holiday Activities

Guided tour for children and print workshop Kitchenprint

in the exhibition MO(NU)MENTS

n exciting guided tour of the MO(NU)MENTS exhibition in the Draiflessen Study room awaits you! Afterwards we will try out modern printing techniques.

August

Thursday
08.08.2024

11.00 – 13.00 | Holiday Activities

Birthday garlands, party decorations: upcycling!

in the exhibition MO(NU)MENTS

We will create our own garlands, paper flowers and whatever else we can think of.

Thursday
15.08.2024

11.00 – 13.00 | Holiday Activities

Birthday garlands, party decorations: upcycling!

in the exhibition MO(NU)MENTS

We will create our own garlands, paper flowers and whatever else we can think of.

October

Wednesday
16.10.2024

11.00 – 13.00 | Holiday Activities

Guided tour for children and print workshop Kitchenprint

in the exhibition MO(NU)MENTS

An exciting guided tour of the MO(NU)MENTS exhibition in the Study Room awaits you! Afterwards we will try out modern printing techniques.