National Treasures of Germany

From Luther to the Bauhaus

30 September 2005 to 8 January 2006

“I would like to see the treasures which have gradually accumulated there…” With these words, Goethe expressed his curiosity and interest in the rich collections of art, nature, and science, as well as the exquisitely designed parks commissioned by ruling dynasties, aristocratic families, and the bourgeoisie in Central Europe.

Fifteen years after the reunification of Germany, twenty-three nationally prominent institutions in the new German federal states and Berlin are showcasing the most precious cultural treasures in their collections. On an unprecedented scale, this fascinating exhibition will display around 600 remarkable art objects and highlights on 2000 m² in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany.

This historical exhibit will retrace the origins and vicissitudes of the more than 500-year history of various European museums and collections. At the same time it was showcase the most noteworthy exhibits in East German museums. Major impulses in the history of museums and collections originated from East Germany, as many historic sites und artifacts of German culture are located here. Martin Luther and the Reformation played a significant role in the early sixteenth century, and thus form the prelude to the exhibition.

Paintings, sculpture, drawings, literary and musical works, valuables, curios, as well as natural artifacts and models map the genesis of a national legacy in its European context. Visitors are introduced to collectors and their passions in a most impressive setting, and are sure to be enthralled by world-class masterpieces.

The exhibition spans more than 500 years of museum history and ends with art works from the Bauhaus era. A media snapshot of the institutions at the beginning of the twenty-first century rounds out the impressive picture.


Nationalschätze aus Deutschland
Von Luther bis Bauhaus
Editor: Konferenz Nationaler Kultureinrichtungen
384 pages with 400 color illustrations, 50 bw,
format 30 x 24 cm
museum edition: 25 EUR
Trade edition: Prestel Verlag
ISBN: 3-7913-3483-2

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  1. Image from ExhibitionPhoto: Peter Oszvald © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
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Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
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