Eine junge Frau und ein junger Mann stehen unter den Lichtkegeln, die den dunklen Raum durchfluten, und schauen in Tänzerpose nach oben, in die Richtung des Lichts.


Eine großer korpulenter Mann von hinten in seiner Gefängniszelle. Er streckt beide Arme aus und berührt die Zellenwände.

Prison de Nantes // © Grégoire Korganow, 2012

26 September 2020 to 31 May 2021

In Prison. Detained and Deprived of Liberty

An exhibition by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden

Genf: February 2019 to August 2019
Lyon: October 2019 to August 2020
Dresden: 26 September 2020 to 31 May 2021

Curators: Isabel Dzierson, Marianne Rigaud-Roy, Sandra Sunier
Design: Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Nick, cooler, clink … there are plenty of euphemisms around for the word ‘prison’. It’s a place most of us have only ever seen from the outside, evoking a mix of unease, but also fascination. It’s the place where they lock up those whose actions are unlawful and detrimental to society. Imprisonment is aimed at protecting the population from criminals, punishing said criminals and, in an ideal scenario, helping them to reintegrate society.

In a joint collaborative project with its two partner museums in Geneva and Lyon, the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum is looking at the complex social issue of prisons. Exhibition pieces from penal institutions, contemporary art, ethnographic exhibits and documentary material will open up all sorts of perspectives on life behind bars. The prisoners themselves have a say, along with prison staff and other experts in the field.

The exhibition examines the historical origins of the prison system and highlights the problems it currently faces. Indeed, European prisons are faced with the problem that they often fail to reintegrate prisoners into society, not to mention the multitude of social inequalities, for which there are still very few solutions. The main question that emerges against this backdrop is that of the precise purpose of imprisonment and what of perception society has of the prison system and its sentencing structure: it is revenge, justice, prevention, or even providence in the old fashioned sense of the term? Does a modern society still need institutions such as prisons? Or are there other, more effective means of dealing with crime and punishment?

July 10 to Decembre 31, 2020

Boom. 500 years of industrial heritage in Saxony - The 4th Saxon State Exhibition

Curator: Thomas Spring

Central exhibition venue: AUDI-Building, Zwickau

The Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art has entrusted the Deutsches  Hygiene-Museum  with  the  organisation  of  the  state exhibition in Zwickau. With numerous projects that have gained nationwide recognition,  the  museum  in  Dresden  has  become  a competence centre for surprising and popular theme-based exhibitions, all of which focus on humans as social and cultural beings.

From July 10 to Decembre 31 2020, the 4th Saxon State Exhibition in Zwickau will focus on the region of south-west Saxony as one of the cradles of European industrialisation. With its motto “Boom. 500 years of industrial heritage in Saxony” it will turn the history of industrialisation in Saxony into an exciting experience and highlight its future development.

Alongside the central exhibition in the AUDI-Building Zwickau a further six other authentic venues in the region will provide fascinating insight into key branches in Saxon technology and industry history. With this decentralised structure, the 4th Saxon State Exhibition  is  presenting  almost  the  entire  spectrum  of  Saxony’s industrial heritage.


• Chemnitz Museum of Industry (mechanical engineering)

• Saxon Railway Museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf (railway)

• Textile Factory Bros. Pfau Crimmitschau (textile)

• Research and Teaching Mine / Silver Mine Freiberg (ore)

• Mining Museum Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge (coal)

• August Horch Museum Zwickau (vehicle manufacturing)

Autumn 2021 to Summer 2022

Artifical Intelligence. The reorganization of the world (Working Title)

Automated decisions and machine learning based on artificial intelligence have long become an integral part of our everyday life. Face recognition or autonomous driving in traffic are examples from everyday life that are currently the subject of intense debate. What risks are associated with the use of algorithms and what potential do they offer? How do these technologies affect the right to self-determination, social justice or even geopolitical conditions? What is the relationship between the immense energy and raw material requirements of digital technologies and their real effects?  With a strong reference to everyday life, the exhibition will convey current knowledge on the application and potential further development of artificial intelligence on an area of around 800 qm. But it will also be about showing individual and political scope for creativity. The exhibition is also intended as a space for experimentation and reflection for the institution museum: How can the medium of the exhibition succeed in reflecting the technologically induced social change for a broad public?