The Sorbian museum also has special rooms with a total area of 220 m². The exhibitions are complementary and add further depth to the selection of permanent exhibitions and are mostly concerned with national minorities or regional characteristics – suitable for our museum. Slavic nationalities and their cultural traditions are of particular interest.
The art exhibitions complement the programmatic orientation and open up a new way of looking at certain topics.
The man. The myth. The brand.
Scarcely any sorbian-wendish legendary figure has ever caused so much attention as the sorcerer named KRABAT. The exhibition treats the life of Janko Šajatović (1624 – 1704), who originated from Žumberak near Agram (Zagreb) and served as a colonel for the Electoral Croatian Guard of the Saxonian Prince Elector.
Šajatović stayed close to the electoral family up to his death, last as a consultant in the rank of Adjutant General.
Through the stories about „KRABAT“ he found his path into collective memory. There he caused sensation as the literary hero of well-known writers as Měrćin Nowak-Njechorński, Jurij Brězan and Ottfried Preußler.
In the cultural history of the Sorbian nation the character of KRABAT, who developed out of the legendary figure, plays an important role.
The objective of this project is to examine the life of the historical person, that stands concealed behind the myth of KRABAT.
In addition the projects reflects upon the myth-making of Janko Šajatović – in german Johannes von Schadowitz – as upon the contribution of sorbian art and literature, that turned him into a myth since the 19nth century. →
Five centuries. The Sorbs and the reformation
This exhibition will be held within the context oft he sponsorship project „Faces of Reformation in Upper Lusatia, Bohemia and Silesia“ and shows the influence, that the reformational movement hat among the autochthone slavic people in Germany – the Sorbs (lusatian Wends.)
The developement oft he written culture as well as many other cultural achievements, ca be attributed tot he reformational movement, A catalogue produced by the Domowina publishing completes the exhibition throughout the centuries, that will be shown in the Sorbian museum on the Ortenburg-castle and partly in the Church of St. Michael nearby.
The centre of this exhibtion ist Luther’s deman for God’s word in a mans native languageand is meaning until present. As the representative oft he sorbian reformation the priest Wenzel Warich from Göda will be portrayed, who fort he first time translated the catechism of Luther into the upper sorbian language. Lusatia is known for ist various religious movements, in whcih the Sorbs had a special role. The Moravian church for example seht out ist members on missionary actions worlwide.
Serbske cyrkwje mjez Lubijom a Luborazom/Serbske cerkwje mjazy Lubijom a Luborazom
[Sorbian/Wendish churches from Löbau to Lieberose]
May the 7nth 2017 – August the27nth 2017 · Michałska cyrkej, Budyšin / Michaeliskirche, Bautzen (St. Michaels Church, Bautzen)
In the month of May in addition to our current special exhibition about 500 years of reformational effictiveness upon the sorbian/wendish population, a further exhibition about wendish churches (or sites of former churches) gets opened at St. Michael in Bautzen. The latter is itself a central place fort he lutheranian sorbian history.
As a part oft he exhibition „500 years. The Sorbs and the reformation“ this exhibition focuses on the sorbian church buildings and their historical background. The majority of the presented churches is situated in Lower Lusatia and Lower Eastern Lusatia. Depending on the location of a respective church the informational texts are given in lower lusatian sorbian or in upper lusatian sorbian accompanying the respective german info-text.
Author of the exhibited current photographs of the buildings is Jürgen Matschie from Bautzen. Regarding this exhibition, gives you an idea about how widespreat the expansion of the sorbian/wendish culture once used to be. Naturally sorbian/wendish churches functioned as the centre of sorbian life in a settlement.
The exhibition consists of 14 roll-ups and will be shown from May the 7nth 2017 until August the 27nth inside St. Michaels Church in Bautzen. Afterwards it is meant to travel.
The permanent exhibition at the Sorbian Museum in Bautzen leads you on an 830 m² tour from the early history to the present day. There is a thematically independent department of visual arts.
Start of the exhibition
The first part of the exhibition in the foyer presents a historical and linguistic classification of today’s Sorbs and their ancestors. Selected exhibits from each part of the museum will give you an overview of the central areas of the Sorbian identity.
In the following room the time of Slavic settlement, the High Middle Ages and the Reformation in Lusatia is shown. The next exhibition space displays areas of typical regional craft – for example forest beekeeping, fisheries and aquaculture, which formed an important industry since the Middle Ages.
Working and living conditions of the sorbs
Afterwards, you enter an area divided into four rooms with the themes: domestic living, costumes and customs during the course of the year. This includes traditional music.
The literature exhibition can be found in the ballroom. The largest room of the museum has two floors, because it used to be the court room of the Amtsgericht (local court) Bautzen. It is decorated with pictures of Sorbian scientists and writers. Beneath the gallery, the triptych by the Slovenian artist Ante Trstenjak shows important thinkers and creators of culture of the Sorbian cultural movement. The glass cases beneath the gallery display old prints and literary monuments.
On the left and right hand side of the room, there are cabinets with the works of important representatives of literary modernism. In the gallery, you can relax in the library and page through one of the numerous books.
Special events such as concerts and exhibition openings are held in the ballroom.
After the ballroom, the tour leads you to modern times and the national movement in general. Here the national consciousness of Slavic people, the literary and scientific studies of the Sorbian -Wends as well as other key factors of historical development are presented. In the middle of the space is the so-called Smoler room – as a reference to the outstanding personality of the Sorbian national revival.
A separate plaque is dedicated to the Sorbian emigrants overseas.
The ballroom doors lead into the special exhibition area in the east wing of the building.
Children's museum & Contemporary history
he visitors can look at the area dedicated to “Early Childhood”. The combined children’s museum is also an educational area and part of the permanent exhibition.
The department of modern history displays the development of the Sorbian associations, from the time of foundation until the reunification of Germany, and the position of the German public authorities as well as various other aspects of being a Sorb. And finally, we arrive at the present time.
This is a nice opportunity to leave the “historical timeline” and receive a visual impression not only of Sorbian but also of Upper Lusatia and Lausitz – enjoy this tour through the department of fine arts.
The Sorbian Museum has the largest collection of Sorbian art, including impressive portrayals and portraits of people, landscapes and watercolour paintings.