Peasant museum: monastery works in the fishermen’s yard

peasant museum: monastery works in the fishermen's yard

"Here comes together what used to be connected", says irmi funk. The bamberger specialist for monastery work enriched the special exhibition of the bamberger land farmer museum not only with filigree work, but also with an interesting lecture at the opening ceremony. "Cloister works, tinsel wreaths, hood mirrors – beautiful works for devotion and secular adornment" is the title of the exhibition, which was opened in the presence of numerous guests at the farmers museum. On the occasion of the foundation of the museum 30 years ago, another special exhibition will follow in june.

Monastic works are precious objects made of gold and silver wire, pearls and precious fabrics that were integrated into religious life as devotional objects, reliquary settings or jesus children. "Beautiful work" also the bridal crowns or tinsel wreaths that used to be worn on church festivals, which closes the circle.

Irmi funk knew not only about the design of her works and the symbolism hidden in them. She was also very interesting in conveying knowledge about religious needs, for example the different types of relics. Splendidly set with gold wire, pearls and precious fabrics, they were exhibited for veneration. Also pilgrim souvenirs and so-called relics of veneration had been decorated in this way.

New as already as the old
A tour of the farmer's museum left visitors in awe. The antique exhibits were juxtaposed with the new "gentle works" by no means after. Canon boards, reliquary altars, fatschenkinder or jesuskindlein, created in monasteries or made by irmi funk in the recent past, give only an idea of the time period for these works.

A wooden shrine with a baby jesus catches the eye. It glitters and shines as if hundreds of precious stone splinters had been worked into it. In fact, however, it is wire that has been processed, bent and twisted, as funk explains. Colorful swarovski stones and historic glass beads make the work look even more precious. She likes to work according to the example of her father adalbert eder, who was born in the 18th century. The artist made monastic works in waldsassen in the nineteenth century. Funk also passes on her knowledge in courses.

Museum director birgit jauernig was very pleased with the "record attendance" at the opening. The exhibition is the result of good cooperation with many people and institutions. The impetus was given by district master builder gabriele pfeff-schmidt, who also made contact with irmi funk. Loans from several museums and collections complete the exhibition. Thanks to reinhard zehentner from the landesstelle fur nichtstaatliche museen (regional office for non-governmental museums), crowns of graces, a primatial crown and an abbess's crown from frauenworth abbey in chiemsee can also be displayed.

Jauernig used the anniversary of the founding of the farmers' museum as an opportunity to take a look back at the museum's history. 1984 the fischerhof was presented to the public as a museum for the first time. The founders wanted to show how people lived and survived over the centuries from their work and the yield of the fields, meadows and forests. In 1992, the founders' association entrusted the museum to the district of bamberg. In 1999 a new era began for the fischerhof with renovation and construction work. Since 2003, changing special exhibitions have attracted visitors to the farmers' museum. Since the costume advisory service of the district of upper franconia is based in the frensdorf museum, there have also been repeated exhibitions on the subject of clothing. Festivals, markets and a rich offer of museum pedagogy are part of the concept. But then jauernig thanked "the people who gave the museum a future 18 years ago", district administrator gunther denzler. The museum team presented him with an "everlasting admission ticket".

10.000 visitors a year
For the head of the house it was his last exhibition opening as a district administrator. His goal was to make the fischerhof "fit for the future". It has become a cultural center, the number of visitors has increased continuously. 10.000 people visited the fischerhof every year, many children took part in the museum's activities. Together with the inn, the museum is a popular destination for families, hikers and cyclists. The cooperation between the costume advisory service and the farmers' museum has proved to be very fruitful. This is made clear by the first research project requested by the VW foundation. The project "typical regional dress since the 19th century" was a great success. The nineteenth century – developments and trends using the example of upper franconia" the uni bamberg works together with the trachtenberatung, the bauernmuseum and other museums. The exhibition is open until 2. November 2014.