Joint State Exhibition Berlin and Brandenburg - Themes

Together, Berlin and Brandenburg are searching for traces of their Prussian past. The result of this retrospective offers surprisingly diverse insights into cultural and economical developments which shaped Prussia. The exhibitions "Prussia 1701 - A European Story" at Charlottenburg and "Milestones-A Voyage of Discovery through Brandenburg-Prussia" in Potsdam offer two different views: The Palace of Charlottenburg becomes the setting for Prussia around 1700 from a royal viewpoint - the exhibition in Potsdam gives priority to the state´s historical aspects and recollects Brandenburg´s development.

"Prussia 1701 - A European Story"

The exhibition by the German Historical Museum and the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens at the Orangery of the Palace of Charlottenburg ( May 6 to August 5) creates a panorama of the political, intellectual and art - historical situation in Europe around 1700. It centers around the coronation of Frederick I. The exhibition illustrates the way in which Frederick held court in the style of a baroque monarch and shows the efforts he made in order to keep up with other European courts.

"Milestones: A Voyage of Discovery through Brandenburg-Prussia"

With its opening exhibition, the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam observes a historic exploration of Brandenburg-Prussia´s cultural landscape. It leads to early medieval settlements and cloister foundings, to seats of the aristrocacy forming the centers of rural art and culture in the 18th century and recalls the pioneers of the Mark´s industrial development. The exhibition recounts events whose traces can still be found today, in fact they lead as far as present day Brandenburg. The setting at the lavishly restored Kutschstall am Neuen Markt also makes clear that Brandenburg and Prussia - although often mentioned in one breath - are not identical. In Berlin and Brandenburg, six museums each are adding to the variety of the State Exhibition´s themes with their special exhibitions and by presenting selected collectors objects. They pick up the threads of the central exhibitions while emphasizing on their own accents as regards content.

Both exhibitions turn our focus towards the following :

Aspects Of The Educational System

  • The Museum Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder will be focussing on the history of education and universities in Brandenburg, also recalling the roots of the Europe University Viadrina which was founded 10 years ago. -"Viadrina.The University in Frankfurt/Oder in the 18th Century"
    (June 9 to October 15, 2001)
  • The Museum of Childhood, located in the Märkisches Museum, will be investigating the choice of private tutors for future rulers and the tutors´influence on later styles of government.
    (October 12, 2001 to January 7, 2002)
  • The Schoolmuseum in the restored rooms of Reckahn Palace in Potsdam/Mittelmark pays tribute to Eberhard von Rochow´s achievements for the development of schools in Brandenburg-Prussia.
    (permanent exhibition from June 23, 2001)
A special exhibition at the newly-established Museum im Klosterstift zum Heiligengrabe situated in the Prignitz portrays "Prussian" women from a wide range of social backgrounds.
(July 1 to October 3, 2001)

Architectonic traces left by the military

The Museum of City History at the Citadel Spandau (Berlin) will be presenting architectonic similarities between the fortresses of Spandau, Peitz and Küstrin in the wider context of European fortress construction.
(May 24 to December 31, 2001)

The Museum of Cultural History in the former Dominican monastery in Prenzlau shows the way in which the garrison and its institutions shaped the town´s development: "Between War and Peace. Military and Society in Brandenburg-Prussia from 1700 until Present Time"
( May 20 to October 31, 2001)

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Gemeinsames Projekt der Länder Berlin und Brandenburg - zur 300. Wiederkehr
der Krönung des ersten Königs in Preußen