Mainz – one glance, many views
27. November 2015 - 6. November 2016
An exhibition of the State’s Heritage Management and the Mainz State Museum (GDKE Rhineland-Palatinate)
There are few city centres where the coexistence of old and new meets the eye as instantly as in Mainz. Historical sandstone fronts contrast contemporary buildings and their material variety; the Middle Ages and Baroque, Historicism and Modernism – all in direct vicinity. However, architectural monuments as well were and are subject to changes.
Rhineland-Palatinate’s central cultural heritage management now dedicates an exhibition to the transition of Mainz’ townscape during the past 250 years.
On basis of current photographs, the Mainz State Museum showcases several views of an architectural monument or an historic ensemble from different epochs. The range extends from the 18th and 19th Centuries, all the way to the destruction of war and the post-war period, continuing through present day. Most different media formats are hereby taken into account: current and historical photographs as well as plans, engravings, paintings and models.
At the heart of the exhibition are the most important monument areas to this day, the cathedral with its surroundings as well as the Electoral Palace with its neighbouring buildings and the market place.
16 other sites and historical views thereof focus on sacral and aristocracy structures, utility buildings and squares.
From November 2015 to May 2016, Gutenbergplatz, Johanniskirche and Fischtorplatz will be thematised among others. On 24 May 2016, a change of scene will introduce new views and additional objects in the form of new exhibits, among them Neubrunnenplatz, Alte Universität and St. Peter.
Guided city tours, as well as lectures and exhibition tours put the concrete location and its history into context.
The exhibition is a greeting to Icomos Deutschland on occasion of its annual convention in Mainz, a reminder of the founding convention at this very location 50 years ago. It is furthermore to be seen as contribution to the Rheinhessen-Jubiläum 2016 [Rhenish-Hessian anniversary 2016], as Mainz became the administrative capital of Rhenish-Hessia in 1816, at that time a newly created province and/or governmental district.
The opening at Mainz State Museum is scheduled for Thursday, 26 November 2015.