Special Exhibition | 06.09.2019 – 16.02.2020

Social Commitment and Tradition

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The exhibition in DAS Forum will focus on the background and development of the charitable commitment of the entrepreneurial family Brenninkmeijer in order to embed it in its historical context. This work was marked by the political and religious conditions in Westphalia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The conflict between the Catholic citizens and the Protestant authorities shaped a strong Catholic identity. With religious toys children - especially boys - were prepared for becoming a priest. The exhibition shows a vestment for children and a toy altar from the Draiflessen Collection's archives.
Leo Brenninkmeijer, the grandchild of one of the C&A founders, expressed his wish to become a priest as a teenager and joined the Hiltrup missionaries in 1900. His work in Papua New Guinea and its support by the Brenninkmeijer family and C&A is illustrated by photographs and letters.
During the early 1960s, the missionary thought changed. The thought of "saving a soul" through baptism was replaced with the desire to improve peoples living conditions. This change is evident in the motives for the posters of fasting campaigns of Misereor from five decades.


The exhibitions begun with the symposium "Caritas, Charity, Philanthropy, Corporate Citizenship".

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Social Commitment and Tradition | © Draiflessen Collection

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Public Tour
26.01.2020 | 13.30 – 14.30

Public Tour

On the Essence of Landscape
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Public Tour
26.01.2020 | 15.00 – 16.00
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Public Tour
26.01.2020 | 14.00 – 15.00
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Public Tour
02.02.2020 | 13.30 – 14.30

Public Tour

On the Essence of Landscape
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Curator‘s Talk
06.02.2020 | 17.30 – 18.30

Curator’s Talk

On the Essence of Landscape
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Public Tour
09.02.2020 | 13.30

Public Tour

On the Essence of Landscape
Erscheinungsbild plakat vom wesen der landschaft
Public Tour
16.02.2020 | 13.30 – 14.30

Public Tour

On the Essence of Landscape
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Concert
16.02.2020 | 11.30
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