Past Special Exhibitions 2015 - 2016

Flying Jewels II

(2. April - extended until 30 August 2015)

Saturday, 8 August 2015 (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm)

Release of Flying Jewels II illustrated book, exclusive signings in the terra mineralia

The visually stunning Flying Jewels II special exhibition has found its way into print. On 8 August, the two Munich collectors behind it will be presenting for the first time their hotly anticipated new illustrated book at terra mineralia in Freudenstein Castle.

Since 2 April, around 300 “unequal” partners from the animate and inanimate natural worlds have been on display at terra mineralia, TU Bergakademie Freiberg’s permanent exhibition; minerals encountering living beings with strikingly similar colours and shapes. These impressions have now been captured in an exclusive illustrated book to accompany the Flying Jewels II special exhibition.

On 8 August, the two Munich collectors, Robert Jakob and Markus Klein, will be presenting their new work to the public for the first time and welcome anyone interested in their discoveries and their experiences as collectors. Over 144 pages, a fantastic selection of these fascinating new items can be viewed, printed in the highest quality. Since their first special exhibition in 2011, the two collectors have enlarged and refined their mineral-insectarium considerably – the only one of its kind worldwide. They will be revealing an even greater variety of minerals and living things. Alongside beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies and moths there are now also birds and even a pterodactyl. “The new special exhibition is altogether more artistic,” comments Markus Klein. The new illustrated volume is itself a small work of art, available immediately in the terra mineralia shop.

The book presentations on 8 August commence at 11am, 1pm and 3pm respectively. Both of the collectors and their colleagues will also be available for tours and signatures.

Special exhibition "Flying Jewels II" extended until 30 August 2015!

Terra mineralia’s visually striking special exhibition is being extended – Flying Jewels II will remain open until 30 August 2015 in TU Bergakademie Freiberg’s permanent exhibition in Freudenstein Castle. Families in particular can thus still come and enjoy the unique pleasure of Flying Jewels II until the end of the summer holidays.

Around 300 “unequal” partners from the animate and inanimate worlds have found each another as 150 couples. They resemble one another in colour, form, shape, markings and shading. The warm red, for example, of a coral from the Indian Ocean is reflected in a red African Nymphalidae butterfly. The green broadbill, a passerine from Indonesia, owes its name to the intensive emerald green colour of its plumage. In the exhibition, the jewel stands directly next to the bird, even though the former originates in the Russian Ural Mountains. The bright yellow Indonesian sulphur stalactite goes perfectly with the yellow of the Common Brimstone we find in Europe and even North Africa.

“Visitors are so excited about the beauty of these exotic objects that we decided to offer the opportunity to admire them until the end of the long holidays,” says Anna Dziwetzki, terra mineralia’s director. “It’s very interesting to see how children intuitively understand the combinations of the pairs. The exhibition unfolds itself to them immediately. They’re excited and love discovering the similarities between the exhibits.”

Several thousand visitors enjoyed the initial Flying Jewels special exhibition in 2011. The Munich collectors Robert Jakob and Markus Klein have since expanded their internationally unique mineral-insectarium and identified further perfectly suited pairs. They have an impressive knack for making connections between organic and inorganic objects, between minerals and insects. The second special exhibition with “relatives” from the animal and mineral kingdoms reveals first of all an even greater diversity of colours. The colours are more nuanced; there are innumerable examples of red, yellow, green and blue pairs. Even among the counterparts from the animal world, the selection is broader, with new insects – butterflies – joining a range of birds, lizards and even mussels. “This special exhibition is more artistic overall,” comments Markus Klein, “We’re even giving visitors little clues - we’ve created what we’re calling ‘search images’. It takes patience, because the butterflies are specified directly on the minerals. You have to look for them now.”

At the beginning of August, the much-anticipated publication of the second illustrated book will be celebrated. It is available from the terra mineralia shop and shows the pairs from the second exhibition, on display for the first time this year at terra mineralia.

Nature as artist, whether of minerals or insects – visitors can see for themselves from 2 April to 30 August, Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.00; weekends and bank holidays open until 18.00. Entrance costs €6, or €12 with access to the terra mineralia. An illustrated and informative accompanying brochure is included in the price.

Guided tour through the special exhibition "Flying Jewels II"

A journey through the amazing world of colours in the animal and mineral kingdom. Discover colours, shapes and structures of animate and inanimate nature and enjoy the aesthetics.

Duration: 1 hour, costs. 30.00 € (20.00 € for students and student groups), plus entrance fee, for up to 20 people.

"Mining and white gold"
the Middelschulte porcelain collection from the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

21 November 2015 – 28 February 2016

Sonderausstellung "Der Bergbau und das "Weiße Gold" - Die Sammlung Middelschulte aus dem Deutschen Bergbau-Museum Bochum", 
21. November 2015 - 28. Februar 2016;  Foto: Tafelaufsatz, Meißen, Porzellan, Johann Joachim Kaendler und Johann Philipp Helmig, 1752 und 1900.

Bochum, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Achim und Beate Middelschulte Sammlung, Tafelaufsatz, Meißen, Porzellan, Johann Joachim Kaendler und Johann Philipp Helmig, 1752 und 1900.

Terra mineralia presents from 21 November the world’s largest selection of historical porcelain from the Middelschulte collection of the German Mining Museum in Bochum. The special exhibition will display around 100 selected pieces, in particular Meissen porcelain.

These unique works of art reflect the many faces of mining in Saxony. Delicate crockery, mugs, cups, decorative plates, sculptures and other peculiarities portray first and foremost mining scenes and miners in parade uniforms but also pits, smelting works and views of mining towns.

“We’re delighted to be able to present this exclusive exhibition of the Middelschulte collection in our terra mineralia rooms in Freudenstein Castle on the occasion of the university’s jubilee,” enthuses director Anna Dziwetzki. “The show focuses on porcelain from the 18th century, that is, items which were created around the time of the foundation of TU Bergakademie Freiberg.” Mining motifs had their heyday from 1745 to 1780.

The Chinese were already producing porcelain as early as 620. This ‘white gold’ was for a long time the number one export from the Far East to European courts. The recipe was known only in China and remained a secret for over 1,000 years. It was only in 1708 that miners and ironworkers from the Freiberg region, under the leadership of the Saxon scholars Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus and Johann Friedrich Böttger, succeeded in producing white porcelain. It was this first step that laid the foundation for the first European porcelain manufactory in Meissen. “The exhibition doesn’t only give guests information about the history of porcelain and its production, it also shows the historical connection between Freiberg mining and Meissen porcelain,” says Dziwetzki. It was mining, for example, which supplied the raw materials and in particular kaolinite, a white rock that provides porcelain with its white colour and firmness.

The history of the Meissen porcelain manufactory is closely related to that of the development of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. It all began with Councillor of Mines Johann Friedrich Henkel. In 1720, he established a laboratory in Freiberg and experimented among other things with techniques for porcelain manufacture. Among the most famous of his students was Dimitri Iwanowitsch Vinogradov, future co-founder of the Petersburg porcelain manufactory. It was the Freiberg university, too, that trained specialists, through the Institute of Ceramic, Glass and Construction Materials for example, who worked among other things on porcelain manufacture and the development of ceramic tools.

The exhibition is open daily from 21 November 2015 until 28 February 2016.

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