Art | History and Tradition | Mannheim | Germany
The Reiss-Engelhorm Museums (rem) are centres of cultural attention throughout Europe. Special exhibitions, such as “The Stauffer and Italy”, “Alexander the Great and the Opening of the World”, “Pompeii”, “Mummies of the World – the Dream of Eternal Life” or “Scull Cult” attract national as well as international interest. The “rem” presents cultural history in four locations, namely the “Museum Zeughaus”, “Museum Welkulturen”, “Museum Schillerhaus” and “Museum Bassermannhaus” with “Zephyr – Raum für Fotografie!” (Zephyr – Room for Photography).
The rem-headquarters is the early classicist armoury with its 6,000 square meters of floor space. Visitors can explore art and historical-cultural collections, historical theatre collections, find out about the history of the city and surrounding landscape of Mannheim and discover a collection of antiques as well as the new forum “International Photography”, which was founded in 2001.
An exciting contrast to the historical armoury is provided by the “Museum Weltkulturen” (Museum of World Cultures), located in a modern, light, cube-shaped building, which comprises the archaeological collections and special exhibitions at fixed intervals. The exhibition “MenschenZeit – Geschichten vom Aufbruch der frühen Menschen” (Human times – stories from the beginnings of humankind) explains the first archaeological period, the Stone Age. It invites visitors to explore the life and surroundings of humans in ancient times.
The Museum Schillerhaus portrays the life of Friedrich Schiller during his period inMannheim. It was there that he celebrated his first success as a dramatist.
The Museum Bassermannhaus hosts permanent and special exhibitions about music, art and world cultures. ZEPHYR – Room for Photography is located on the first floor of the museum.
Take Your Time
A Hands-On Exhibition for Little and Not-So-Little Time-Watchers
From 30/05/2019 until 02/02/2020
When is the school day finally at an end and why are the holidays over so quickly? Sometimes time stretches like chewing gum, sometimes it just slips through your fingers. But what actually is time? In the hands-on exhibition "Take Your Time" children actively pursue this fundamental question.
In the little town "Jederzeit" (Any Time) children between the ages of 4 and 7 explore this topic playfully. Taking a look at professions in which time plays an important role, they then tackle various fun challenges: being as fast as a fire engine or giving the tempo to a conductor ... Children from the age of 8 encounter the theme in the expedition TIME. The journey takes them from the depths of the jungle to the vast expanses of the universe. They investigate the zeitgeist and explore the Big Bang. By means of trial and error they gain ever more insight into the secrets of time.
Splendour and Beauty of Indonesia
From 15/09/2019 until 13/04/2020
Java - rainforests, volcanoes and mysterious temples. For over 1,000 years, Indonesia was the home of powerful kingdoms. Their legendary splendour comes to brilliant life in the jewellery made from the material that has entranced humankind for thousands of years: gold.
With "Java Gold" rem is now presenting some 400 treasures that coalesce into a panorama of Hindu and Buddhist arts and craftsmanship. Rings, bracelets and magnificent diadems were reserved for certain classes and life phases. In this society that expressed power and piety by means of gold, intricately adorned jewels had ritual and social functions that could be recognised from the motifs. Most of the jewellery, which has come from a private collection, is on show for the first time.
From 08/09/2019 until 26/01/2020Antanas Sutkus (*1939) is an exceptional figure in photography. During the Soviet Occupation his art gave a face to the inhabitants of Lithuania, with his pictures he became a chronicler of his time. Particularly in his main work "People from Lithuania" he captured his compatriots of the late 1950s so impressively that his photos still appeal to us today. The exhibition COSMOS showcases his pictures: normal life on its everyday course. It shows young and old, town and country, modernity and tradition or simply just the rain.
The exhibition was shown in the National Gallery of Vilnius from November 2018 to January 2019 on the centennial of the founding of the Republic of Lithuania. Complementing the exhibition, the book "Antanas Sutkus: Planet Lithuania" was published by Steidl.
Ice Age Safari
From 20/09/2020 until 14/02/2021How about a journey through time? We're offering an ice-age safari. Find out what it was like to go on a safari in the era between 35,000 and 15,000 years ago. Look into the eyes of the giants of the last ice age, including mammoths, cave lions and giant deer. Find out how and what people hunted and cooked or how they dressed. The exhibition "Ice Age Safari" conveys interesting and exciting information about the world of the last Ice Age in Europe. For the first time, the latest research results and bone finds from the ice-age animal world of the Upper Rhine region are presented here. Over 100 artefacts, including life-size animal reconstructions, skeletons, herbal compounds and hands-on stations make this exhibition a special experience for everyone.
Land of Immortality
From 26/09/2017 until 31/12/2022
The exhibition “Egypt: Land of Immortality” opens the doors to the fascinating world of advanced civilization on the Nile. The exhibits, which are up to 6,000 years old, are the centrepiece of a show that with impressive installations and theme worlds grants a cultural-historical overview of everyday life in the land of the Pharaohs and of their very particular ideas of the Beyond. With valuable originals, the exhibition portrays life on the fertile banks of the Nile in all important epochs of Ancient Egypt: from the beginnings to the 4th century BCE up to the Coptic era in the 6th and 7th centuries CE. A varied supporting programme with hands-on exhibits rounds out the exhibition and makes it an unforgettable experience, especially for children, families and school groups.
Tutanchamun – Sein Grab und die Schätze
From 30/05/2020 until 31/01/2021Experience at first hand the historical moment of the discovery of the tomb treasure. Young and old alike walk in the footsteps of the mysterious Pharaoh and explore in educational and entertaining way Carter´s dicovery in it´s original find circumstances. The burial objects, which were faithfully replicated, the sarcophagus, the colden coffins and shrines, the jewelry and of course the mask are unique in view of their monumentual overall connection with 1000 replica worldwide.
Archaeology at the Rhine and Neckar
From 19/01/2018 until 31/12/2022Visitors embark on a thrilling journey through time that with a display of exceptional original finds takes them from the Stone Age via the Bronze and Iron Age up to the Roman Era and into the early Middle Ages. The exhibition presents the "Buried History" revealed by the archaeological excavations. Visitors encounter the fascinating world of early humans and stand before what may be the oldest arch in the world. They discover innovative techniques of metal processing that changed societies at the Rhine and Neckar in the three millennia BC. They stroll along a Roman road flanked by tombstones and steles and explore the Roman way of life. Exotic trade goods show how strongly the region was influenced by its Roman heritage.
Marc-Erwin Babej: Yesterday - Tomorrow
From 15/03/2020 until 28/06/2020 Marc-Erwin Babej´s breathing new life into the ancient Egyptian arts. For this purpose he picks up the complex imagery of the ancient Egypt and updates it in two- and three-dimensional photorealisitc media. He skilfully adapts the most conspicuous feature of the egyptian art: the simultaneous presentation of the human body from different perspectives such as frontal and side view.