Museum for Sepulchral Culture
The Museum for Sepulchral Culture is a special museum of cultural history on Weinbergstrasse in Kassel . The Museum for Sepulchral Culture , opened in 1992, is dedicated to the subjects of dying , death , burial , mourning and remembrance . The carrier is the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e. V. It belongs to the working group of independent cultural institutes .
The two-part, light-flooded museum building includes a former farm building belonging to the former Henschel Villa - the Remise - and a new building from 1992 (architect Wilhelm Kücker ). In addition to the actual three-and-a-half-storey exhibition rooms with an event area, the building complex also includes a museum shop and a museum café with a roofed inner courtyard and an open terrace with a panoramic view of Kassel. Gravestones / systems, design objects and works of art are presented in the front garden as well as in the rear outdoor area.
- 1992–2015: Reiner Sörries
- 2016: Werner Tschacher
- 2016–2017: Gerold Eppler (acting)
- Since 2018: Dirk Pörschmann
Collection and permanent exhibition
In the permanent exhibition, on an area of around 1,400 square meters, primarily evidence of sepulchral culture from the German-speaking area from the Middle Ages to the present day - including coffins and hearse, mourning clothing and jewelry, tombstones, sculptures and everyday objects with the theme of dying, death and commemoration related. Since 2014, a separate department has been documenting multicultural developments in cemetery and funeral culture in Germany.
The museum also has a collection of around 16,500 graphics from the 15th century and houses a special public library with monographs, catalogs, offprints and countless magazine articles on Sepulchral Culture.
Special exhibitions (selection)
The museum presents changing special exhibitions that take up different cultural, historical or current aspects of the theme of the house in a very broad way or deal with them artistically.
- Memento mori. Contemporary art on the subject of death and dying (June 24, 1992 - October 8, 1992)
- Nothing more to say and nothing to cry about ... A Jewish cemetery in Germany. (March 18, 1993 - July 11, 1993)
- From the dead tree to the designer coffin. On the cultural history of the coffin from antiquity to the present (October 1, 1993 - December 5, 1993)
- Forged grave crosses from four centuries. Sixtus Schmid Collection (December 19, 1993 - February 13, 1994)
- "Stop it, let me take a breath ..." Amnesty International Art Exhibition Against the Death Penalty (March 5, 1994 - May 29, 1994)
- In memory of. Room monuments in the curriculum vitae (October 21, 1994 - March 31, 1995)
- In a strange earth. Dealing with War Dead (June 30, 1995 - December 31, 1996)
- "... with black jewelery or pearls." Funeral jewelery from baroque to art deco (October 14, 1995 - January 21, 1996)
- Turning to Mecca. How Turkish Muslims Deal with Their Deceased in Turkey and Germany (March 22, 1996 - July 21, 1996)
- Deprived of light. Honoring the dead in Roman times (June 15, 1996 - August 25, 1996)
- ... hesitantly the stone crumbles. Fortified churches and cemeteries in Transylvania (September 27, 1996 - February 2, 1997)
- ashes to ashes. Five cemetery concepts for Cologne-Kalk (March 21, 1997 - December 21, 1997)
- Dance of the Dead - Dance of Death. Monumental Dances of Death in German-speaking countries (September 19, 1998 - November 29, 1998)
- Box, carriage, caravan. On the way to the final rest (September 17, 1999 - January 31, 2000)
- Archive of Faces. Death and living masks from the Schiller National Museum (March 5, 2000 - May 21, 2000)
- Angel. Guardian of Life and Death (June 8, 2000 - September 10, 2000)
- Game over. Games, Death and Beyond (May 18, 2002 - September 29, 2002)
- Three funerals and one death - Beethoven's end and the culture of remembrance of his time (October 18, 2002 - February 28, 2003)
- The hidden Etruscan discovery (March 29, 2003 - July 20, 2003)
- Death chest. Coffins from four centuries (November 7, 2004 - January 16, 2005)
- Impermanence in the pocket. Miniature coffins and viewing coffin (March 25, 2005 - May 29, 2005)
- When the money sounds in the box ... From the offering box to online donation (November 12, 2005 - March 5, 2006)
- Death wedding with wreath and crown: On the symbolism in the customs of single burials (September 30, 2007 - March 2, 2008)
- "... and the stars began to shine." When children die. (June 21, 2008 - September 21, 2008)
- Mummies. Body for Eternity (November 17, 2009 - April 25, 2010)
- Under the wings of the phoenix. Cremation history and present (October 21, 2011 - January 1, 2012)
- Gallows, wheel and pyre. Insights into places of horror (January 28, 2012 - July 29, 2012)
- 1100 years of death in Kassel. Fates and Events in a Hessian City (October 12, 2013 - February 19, 2014)
- The transformation. Death and Mourning 1914-1918 (November 18, 2014 - May 10, 2015)
- Post mortem & from the crime scene to the laboratory. Behind the scenes of forensic medicine (June 5, 2015 - June 28, 2015)
- The Sepulkral department store. Buy now, die later! (July 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016)
- "One still works". Life and death cartoons and caricatures (February 5, 2016 - June 5, 2016)
- Tutenfru! About superstition and death. (October 27, 2018 - March 17, 2019)
- With the public bus to the afterlife. Fantastic coffins from Ghana (August 10, 2019 - October 13, 2019)
(in chronological order)
- Reiner Sörries , Wolfgang Neumann: boxes, coaches, caravans. On the way to rest. (= Publication accompanying the special exhibition of the same name). Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal, Kassel 1999, ISBN 3-924447-17-9 .
- Reiner Sörries: Game over. Games, death and afterlife. (= Publication accompanying the special exhibition of the same name). Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal, Kassel 2002, ISBN 978-3-924447-20-5 .
- Central Institute for Sepulchral Culture Kassel (Ed.): Kassel Manuscripts for Sepulchral Culture. 6 volumes. Central Institute for Sepulchral Culture, Kassel 2002–2011, DNB 978875974 .
- Central Institute for Sepulchral Culture Kassel (ed.): Large lexicon of funeral and cemetery culture . Dictionary of Sepulchral Culture. 5 volumes. Thalacker Medien, Braunschweig since 2002, DNB 963152122 .
- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal, Museum für Sepulkralkultur (Ed.): Grabkultur in Deutschland. History of the tombs. Reimer, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-496-02824-6 .
- Reiner Sörries (ed.): Under the wings of the phoenix. Cremation history and present. (= Publication accompanying the special exhibition of the same name). Working group cemetery and memorial, Kassel 2011, DNB 1021055514 .
- Reiner Sörries (Ed.): On death come out. From the holdings of the Museum for Sepulchral Culture. Working group cemetery and memorial, Kassel 2012, ISBN 978-3-924447-50-2 .
- Hessischer Museumsverband (Hrsg.): Museums in Hessen. A handbook of the publicly accessible museums and collections in the state of Hesse. 4th, completely revised and expanded edition. Hessischer Museumsverband, Kassel 1994, ISBN 3-9800508-8-2 , pp. 15-17.
- Official website of the Museum of Sepulchral Culture
- Museum for Sepulchral Culture . In: Kassel.de
- Museum for Sepulchral Culture . In: Museum.de
- Foundation Central Institute and Museum for Sepulchral Culture - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal eV on the website of the Working Group of Independent Cultural Institutes (AsKI)
- ↑ Claus Peter Müller: The old cemetery is dead. In: FAZ.net. February 15, 2016, accessed March 24, 2020 .
- ^ Profile of Werner Tschacher. In: Website of the Historical Institute of the University of Cologne. Retrieved March 24, 2020 .
- ↑ Sepulchral Museum: New ladder gone again. In: HNA.de. April 28, 2016, accessed March 24, 2020 .
- ^ The art teacher Gerold Eppler. In: Deutschlandfunk.de. March 26, 2017, accessed March 24, 2020 .
- ^ Art historian Dirk Pörschmann takes over management. In: Goettinger-Tageblatt.de. January 15, 2018, accessed March 24, 2020 .
Coordinates: 51 ° 18 ′ 33 ″ N , 9 ° 29 ′ 17 ″ E