KRABAT.

Man. Myth. 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 Otfried 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 Johann von Schadowitz – as upon the contribution of sorbian art and literature, that turned him into a myth since the 19nth century.

Since the 21st century the worth of the myth of KRABAT, serving identity development, was extended to a brand as an economic factor in the german-sorbian settlement area between Bautzen, Kamenz and Hoyerswerda.

Finally the interconnectedness with partners from the original region of the protagonist [Šajatovic] , nowadays the border area between Slovenia and Croatia, the Bela Krajina, is a factor of sustained significance.
A project of the Sorbian Museum in cooperation with Krabatmühle e. V. [Krabat-mill in Schwarzkollm registered association.]

The exhibtion as the exhibtion catalogues were realised in cooperation with:

Sorbisches Museum, Bautzen [Sorbian Museum, Bautzen]
Sorbisches Institut, Budyšin
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Regionalmanagement des LEADER-Gebietes der Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft

Genealogiecenter Schröter

Supported by
Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Landwirtschaft
Europäischer Landwirtschaftsfond für die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums / Entwicklungsprogramm für den ländlichen Raum im Freistaat Sachsen 2014-2020
[The States Departement for Environment and Agriculture of Saxony
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development /
Programme for Rural Development in the Free State of Saxony]

LEADER-Region Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft
LEADER-Region Lausitzer Seenland

Sponsors
Schroubek Fonds Östliches Europa
Vitrinen- und Glasbau REIER GmbH
Volksbank Bautzen / Ludowa banka Budyšin
Die 3 Brüder Udo, Ingolf und Thomas Schön
Rechtsanwälte Dr. jur. Peter Neumann
Barrique GmbH
Omega Datensysteme Bautzen GmbH
Genealogiecenter Schröter
Stuckhof Jörg Tausch