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Good Neighbours

Richness and Diversity from 25 Leipzig Collections

20. June to 13. September 2015

The year 2015 goes by the motto "1000 years of Leipzig. We are the city." Because in the historic chronicle of Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg dating from 1015 we find the oldest documented mention of Leipzig, with the formulation "et in urbe Libzi vocata". As part of the events to commemorate this anniversary year the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig is collaborating with 25 Leipzig institutional and museum collections to stage the exhibition "Good neighbours. Richness and diversity from 25 Leipzig collections", opening on 19 June. The exhibition follows the central idea of "1000 years of Leipzig" also constituting a longstanding tradition of civic collections, stretching back to the beginning of the 18th century. This was an era of avid collecting; with no specific chronology or category. European and non-European artefacts - paintings, sculptures, documents and musical instruments were assembled in citizens' collections, as well as natural rarities and curiosities from all around the world - coral, rock crystal, exotic animal specimens. In the 19th century these encyclopaedic cabinets of wonder were incorporated into the municipal museum collections, as well as natural rarities and curiosities from all around the world - coral, rock crystal, exotic animal … read more