Special exhibitions

What does the past have to do with the present? At the Hessenpark, this question is of great importance. In order to answer it, we regularly organise special exhibitions which address over-arching and transregional topics concerning everyday culture. In these presentations, artists show their view of rural life, technical advancements are reconstructed and creative responses to social issues are demonstrated. Take a voyage of discovery in our exhibition buildings – there is an overview of the latest exhibition topics on this page.

Special exhibitions

Miniature Cameras

Dainty – Sneaky – Disliked

Special exhibitions

Cameras have continued to evolve since photography was first developed in 1839. Not only has the quality of cameras improved, but their size has been reduced considerably. This aspect is the subject of a special exhibition at the house of photography (House from Queck) and demonstrates the development of the miniature camera from its beginnings to the present day.

26 February 2017 to 16 March 2018
House from Queck, Market Square

Jakob Nussbaum

Frankfurt Impressionist

Ölbild von Jakob Nussbaum: Mainufer mit Blick auf Alte Brücke

Jakob Nussbaum was one of the most important Jewish painters to live and work in Frankfurt am Main in the first half of the 20th century. His particular passion was impressionist landscape painting which he developed further in his cityscapes. Landscapes were also the focus of his paintings, drawings and watercolours. The exhibition is realised in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Frankfurt. In addition there are also original documents and photographs from the artist’s estate.

18 March to 2 December 2018
House from Gemünden (Wohra), Market Square
(open on Wednesday, Friday Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Wanderlust. Two hundred years of walking in the Taunus

Special exhibitions

In 2018 the Taunusklub, founded in 1868 on the Feldberg, celebrates its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Open Air Museum takes a look at its beginnings as Germany’s first hiking club and the cultural history of walking. When and how did the organised walking movement first start? And why did walking, an everyday necessity, become a fashionable sport? This special exhibition, realised in cooperation with the Taunusklub, examines hikers’ ideas of nature and displays the equipment used over the years.

4 March to 2 December 2018
Stable barn from Asterode, Northern Hesse Ensemble
open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jakob Nussbaum – Frankfurt impressionist

Special exhibitions

Jakob Nussbaum was one of the most important Jewish painters to live and work in Frankfurt am Main in the first half of the 20th century. His particular passion was impressionist landscape painting which he developed further in his cityscapes. Landscapes were also the focus of his paintings, drawings and watercolours. The exhibition is realised in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Frankfurt. In addition there are also original documents and photographs from the artist’s estate.

18 March to 2 December 2018
House from Gemünden (Wohra), Market Square
(open on Wednesday, Friday Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Wanderlust

Two hundred years of walking in the Taunus

Wanderstock, Rucksack und Filzhut

In 2018 the Taunusklub, founded in 1868 on the Feldberg, celebrates its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Open Air Museum takes a look at its beginnings as Germany’s first hiking club and the cultural history of walking. When and how did the organised walking movement first start? And why did walking, an everyday necessity, become a fashionable sport? This special exhibition, realised in cooperation with the Taunusklub, examines hikers’ ideas of nature and displays the equipment used over the years.

4 March to 2 December 2018
Stable barn from Asterode, Northern Hesse Ensemble

 

Browsing through old photos

Everyday life in Hesse as depicted in Walter Löber’s photo archive (1932-1939)

Frau und drei Kinder mit Rindern am Dorfbrunnen

Walter Löber (1906-1968), a beekeeper and carpenter’s assistant from Donsbach, acquired a Leica II in 1932 which accompanied him on many trips around Hesse. Löber became an excellent self-taught photographer always on the lookout for a special image of everyday life. Until the outbreak of war in 1939, he documented towns and villages, landscapes and people in approximately 3,000 photographs. His archive arrived in the museum in 2017. This special exhibition shows an initial selection of Löber’s unknown images.

8 April to 2 December 2018
House from Ransbach (“Solid House”), Northern Hesse Ensemble

Binocular

The rise and fall of the twin-lens reflex camera

Rolleiflex

First launched in 1929, the Rolleiflex camera quickly captured the hearts of photographers around the world. What made it so unique? The second “eye”, the viewfinder lens, allowed photographers to achieve perfect image control for the first time. The viewfinder image on the ground-glass screen corresponded to the size of the negative – both lenses were “focused” at the same time. This type of camera was the preferred instrument of many photojournalists, amateurs and photo studios until well into the 1970s. The exhibition showcases the Rolleiflex and its imitators.

29 April 2018 to 15 March 2019
House from Queck, Market Square