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.
Sorbian Easter – Jutry w Serbach
21 March – 26 April 2020
The Sorbian Lusatia is well-known for its rich traditions at Easter time. Come and find out how our region had celebrated Easter in the old days and see how it is celebrated nowadays. As “special treat”, we present to you the art works of Mario Oschika this year. Finally, enjoy the collections of the winners of the competition for the most beautiful Sorbian Easter egg as usual. Last but not least, we would like to remind you of our activities for families that you can experience with all your senses. Children are very welcome to find out about more!
Workshops 21 March – 5 April 2020, from 1 to 5 pm
At the weekends from 21st of March until the 5th of April, you always have the opportunity to take part at our workshops “Decorating a Sorbian Easter egg”. Professionals will help you to learn the different techniques of waxing and embossing. Costs for adults: 6, 00€, costs for children: 3, 50€ each participant gets one Easter egg for decoration. Another egg costs 0, 50€ Please book in advance!
“Schauwerkstatt” (“The Making of”) and selling of Sorbian Easter eggs 10 April – 13 April 2020, from 10 am to 6 pm
Folk-artists show the variety of decorating Easter eggs from Good Friday until Easter Monday in the Sorbian Museum. You can buy their creations, varying from embossing, waxing, and scratching to etching.
Easter program in the historical festival room of the Sorbian museum on 11 April 2020 at 3 pm
To welcome the spring this year, enjoy watching dance and listening to music at the Sorbian museum on Holy Saturday. It will be performed by “Sorbische Volkstanzgruppe Schmerlitz e.V.”.
What’s on 2020
22 Sept. – 01 March 2020 SORBIAN STREET STYLE
21 March – 26 April 2020 Sorbian Easter
17 May – 18 Oct. 2020 Colours in the distance. The painter Ante Trstenjak and the Sorbs of Lusatia
08 Nov. 2020 – 21 Feb. 2021 Magical times full of secrets
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
The 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.