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11 October 2014 through 28 June 2015

An Exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

The starting point – and focal point – of the current special exhibition entitled Roll up! Roll up! is a historical anatomical waxwork cabinet which was originally created, for the most part, in Dresden around 1900 and is now to go on show in a museum setting for the first time. For over a hundred years, models of the human body such as these were showcased at funfairs and fairgrounds: for purposes of health education on the one hand and, on the other, as mass-appeal entertainment aimed at large sections of the population.

We Are Family! An interactive exhibition for children, teenagers, and adults

29 November 2014 to 22 February 2015

A production by the ALICE – Museum for Children at the FEZ-Berlin and the Francke Foundations in Halle

Our Exhibition Maze will acquaint you with different family models and the everyday lives of those families. They range from a family with a blind child to an extended family with lots of colourful family members to parents who come from different countries and cultural circles. Find out what constitutes your family and get involved! Family is whatever you make of it – together with your brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, and all the others who are dear to you.


March 8 to October 12, 2014

An Exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Against the backdrop of such diverse responses we intend to explore “Das neue Deutschland” as it stands today and examine the direction in which it is evolving in its social and cultural diversity. The way in which we plan to all live together, in a society shaped by immigration, remains a continual process of negotiation between those who are already here and those who are yet to come. And while the body politic may provide the outline conditions, “Das neue Deutschland” will succeed only through its encounters between peoples. The challenge consists of acknowledging the otherness of others while seeking out common ground where dismayed alienation initially prevailed. But above all, it is a matter of learning to embrace these demands of an open society in a way that is both sustainable and capable of resolving conflict.

dance! - moves that move us

October 12, 2013 to July 20, 2014

An Exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

People have always danced – all over the world and at all times. We dance in endless variations, on all sorts of occasions, and across cultures. Dance allows us to express what we have always found moving: whether it’s the joy we feel at being alive or the anxieties of life itself; whether it’s uninhibited ecstasy or regimented discipline. Dance is not just a fun leisure activity, or an art form. Indeed, dance has always mirrored the social conditions in which it emerged and, in turn, has had a retroactive effect on those conditions. In their day innovative forms of movement have often got things moving on a larger scale, too, whether it was a Viennese waltz or rock ‘n’ roll, breakdancing or punk. By questioning inherited traditions and challenging conventions, new dance styles experiment with social role models and bring about a shift in the relationships between genders and generations.

WEALTH - more than enough

July 6 to November 10, 2013

A special exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

The divide separating rich and poor is widening, and the worlds the rich and the poor each inhabit seem to have less and less in common. And yet the yearning for a life of financial plenty remains one of the mainsprings driving our actions. And that is true of both our personal lives and society as a whole. Indeed, the ancient dream of luxury, prosperity and a carefree existence is far from over.


22 September, 2012 to 21 April, 2013

An exhibition by the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Teutloff Collection

What do historic paintings and contemporary photographies tell us about the times in which they were produced? How is the social reality of life portrayed in these very different pictorial media? Why do we still see fundamental experiences of human life in these artworks today?

Herlinde Koelbl.
Clothes make the man

4 May - 29 July, 2012

In her new project, the photographer Herlinde Koelbl has made portraits of seventy people in Germany and abroad. Each person appears twice: once in their professional or occupational costume, and once in their preferred leisure clothes. The juxtaposition sounds simple, but the exhibition reveals a surprising variety of results. Do both portraits show us the same person? What clothes present the wearer in a social role, and what clothes express an individual personality?


25 February - 30 December, 2012

The special exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum explored the most vehement feelings of all. It is dedicated to the passions that seem to overwhelm us, to endanger our integrity, our subjectivity and self-control. At its core are the passions of love, hatred, joy and sadness, of rage and fear, shame, disgust and desire. It is a show about the most unpredictable and uncontrollable, the most sublime and yet banal, the most dangerous, vital and exhilarating emotions known to us as human beings.

Sports and society

16 April, 2011 - 26 Februar, 2012

An exhibition by the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum

In 2011, the year of the women's football World Cup, in which Dresden will be one of the match venues, the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum will devote itself to the subject of sport. The specialexhibition ?On Your Marks? will deal with current trends in the world of sport, andalso throw a whole new light on the cultural history of movement. This exhibition, with numerous interactive elements, will appeal to spectators, athletes, and fans, as well as sport sceptics and those visitors who see sport primarily as a stage for the dominant images of the body and the changing structures in modern society. Youth and school groups will find the exhibition an excellent opportunity to explore and discuss the many different physical, social and historical dimensions of sport, movement and fitness.


23 JULY - 31 OCTOBER 2011
8. Dezember 2011 bis 18. März 2012 in Brünn

An exhibition by the Deutsche Hygiene Museum and the Mährische Galerie Brünn

Images of the Mind looks at the human mind as a visual phenomenon - from Antiquity to the present day. Today our concepts of the mind are coloured by the computer-generated brain images of neuroscience that we regularly see published in the mass media. But can these aesthetically appealing brain scans actually achieve more than making the biological, chemical and physiological aspects of the brain visible? What do they tell us about the mind itself? Do such representations help us to understand better what human beings are?

Religious Energy.
About Man and God

2 October 2010 - 5 June 2011

An exhibition by the Deutsche Hygiene Museum

The special exhibition Religious Energy came at a time when the public perception of religion and faith has undergone a great change. The role of faith in modern society and the relationship between religion and democracy are issues that confront individual believers, the various faith communities, and society as a whole.

What is Beautiful?

27 March 2010 - 2 January 2011

An exhibition by the Deutsche Hygiene Museum in collaboration with klotz müller-toovey GbR, Berlin, and Wilfried Rogasch

Beauty has become an omnipresent element of our lifestyle today ? whether as a beguiling promise or as an unattainable dream. Until well into the twentieth century, art experts still believed that beauty could be defined using a system of aesthetic categories. Nowadays, though, beauty has dissolved into a colourful and contradictory diversity of collective concepts and individual expectations and practices. This diagnosis stands in contrast to the widely held view that the power of the mass media dictates a binding ideal of beauty. The exhibition, indeed, comes to quite a different conclusion: most people today experience beauty in their own lives as difference and plurality.


June 25, 2009 - July 11, 2010

An exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden A project in the "Future of Labour" programme, initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation Curated by the Praxis für Ausstellungen und Theorie [ Hürlimann I Lepp I Tyradellis ]

People have a hard time of it with work. Sometimes they have too much and sometimes too little; often it is badly paid and occasionally not paid at all. Some people are hopelessly overworked, while others are desperately searching for a job. Under the conditions brought about by globalisation, the financial crisis and climatic change, nothing seems less certain than the shape of work to come. Opinions differ greatly on this matter. Some people continue to believe in full employment, but many assume that in the future, employees with a permanent contract will be the exception and that work itself will become rarer. The concept of a trade or profession that, once learned, defines an individual?s place in society and gives it meaning seems to have been superseded. So what now?


APRIL 4, 2009 - AUGUST 9, 2009

An Exhibition of Wellcome Collection, London, in Cooperation with Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

War and medicine: it?s hard to imagine more contradictory disciplines. On the one hand the destructive power and the human misery of war; on the other the medical vocation to heal people and keep them healthy. The ethical conflict of wartime medicine has yet to be fully explored. How do physicians and nurses, and for that matter soldiers and civilians, experience it? What are their experiences of injury and death, of helplessness and despair? What can we learn about their courage and willingness to help others? These very personal points of view are at the heart of the exhibition ?War and Medicine?, a joint project of Wellcome Collection, London, and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden.


July 11, 2008 - April 19, 2009

An exhibition of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Man is a weather-sensitive creature: when the sun shines, we are happy; when skies are grey, we fall prey to melancholy. We let the breeze caress our skin, but we?re scared of lightning and thunder. Weather is inseparably linked to our emotions, experiences and memories. But what was once an innocent question ? ?What the weather will be like tomorrow?? ? is now a vital one. The public discussion of the causes and consequences of global climate change has already changed our day-to-day lives. Could the storm predicted for tomorro be a portent of disasters to come?

Glück ?welches Glück

6 March, 2008 - 4 JANUARY, 2009

An exhibition of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in cooperation with the Siemens Arts Program

The search for happiness is as old as humanity itself, but our ideas of what happiness consists of, whether riches, consumption, freedom or love, are determined to some extent by the cultural, religious and economic conditions in which we live. These days, it is harder than ever to find common denominator for happiness. In our own affluent society, with its emphasis upon individual self-fulfilment, concepts of happiness have become similarly personalised. People?s very different needs and convictions are reflected in a wide range of competing paths to happiness.

Six Feet Under.
Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead

September 22, 2007 - March 30, 2008

An exhibition of the Kunstmuseum Bern

Death is a universal and very old theme in art. The history of painting is strongly linked to the idea of capturing the facial expression of the deceased, as fear of death and the inclination to see and recognise are considered as driving forces of human culture. Six Feet Under unites works of art created specifically for this show with works from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, along with works from other museums and public or private collections. The focus is on contemporary art from various continents, from the UK, France, Switzerland, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia or Ghana. That way, the exhibition creates historical and geographical bonds to an issue which certainly matters to all of us.

Sleeping & Dreaming

Dresden: 31 March - 3 Oktober, 2007
London: 30 November, 2007 - 9 March, 2008

An Exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in collaboration with Wellcome Collection, London

Sleep is a must for us humans, and we spend about a third of our lives doing so. But why do we sleep? And why do we dream? These seemingly simple questions are still puzzling scientists to this day. For many people the basic need for sleep entails problems. Sleep behaviour and habits have changed radically, with sleep disorders becoming a mass phenomenon. Globalisation, with its demand for spatial mobility and flexible time schedules, has revolutionised not only the world of work, but increasingly has imposed its pace upon our biorhythms and our need for sleep. Given these developments, sleep is becoming an ever more precious good. Indeed, it is becoming the key to the well-being and productiveness of the individual and of society as a whole.

Deadly Medicine:
creating the master race

October 12, 2006 - June 24, 2007

An exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened in 1993 in Washington, D.C. and is today one of the world?s most important institutions for research and documentation of the Holocaust. This fall, the Washington museum is for the first time presenting one of its exhibitions outside North America. The exhibition ?Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race? (German title: Tödliche Medizin?Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus) presents the genocide of European Jews within the context of the Nazis? ?euthanasia? crimes. The history of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum as an institution that actively supported and propagated the "racial hygiene" programs during the Nazi period was the initial motivation for the Dresden museum to present this exhibition.


APRIL 8 - DECEMBER 31, 2006


Dresden: a city like any other-or one with a difference? As the city celebrates 800 years since its founding, the Deutsches Hygiene Museum presents the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the legend that has grown up around the Saxon metropolis over centuries. The exhibition Dresden-The Legend brings together images and visions, historic events and people that have become part of the city’s legend. And it tells how that legend reflects both the self-image of the city’s inhabitants and the fantasies of its visitors...

Tracing the Odyssey of Life

24 September, 2005 - 23 Juli, 2006

An exhibition of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What answers can modern evolution research offer to these elementary questions about what it is to be human-questions that have been addressed by the religions, philosophies and literature of all cultures? The exhibition "Evolution: Tracing the Odyssey of Life" offers fascinating insights into this field of research and depicts the effects of evolution on mankind, society, and life on our planet.

The ten commandments

JUNE 19, 2004 - JANUARY 2, 2005


69 contemporary international artists show the ways in which current art sees social and ethical areas of tension in today’s world. The exhibition developed by Klaus Biesenbach opens to visitors important perspectives on the Ten Commandments that are relevant to the present: What living conditions control the individual today? What systems of values offer a morally binding orientation?