Verbrannt, Verschenkt und Wachgeküßt
[Burnt down, given away, and kissed awake]
Opening: 27.4.2018, 7pm
Duration: 28.4.2018 to 6.1.2019
After the Great Fire of 1514 had almost completely destroyed Klagenfurt, Emperor Maximilian I gave the settlement as a gift to the Carinthian noble estates in the form of a deed dated 24th April 1518. This gift marked the start of Klagenfurt’s rise to become provincial capital and the social centre of Carinthia.
The foundation stone of the exhibition, and also the foundation stone for present-day Klagenfurt, is the deed of donation – the written proof of the fire-ravaged town of Klagenfurt being given as a gift – from the year 1518. Further additions which were necessary for Klagenfurt 500 years ago, have been necessary over the past 500 years and will continue to be necessary in the 500 years to come: the people, the politics, the infrastructure, the religion and all the myths and tales which give a town its soul.
The Lindwurm skull
The “Lindwurm zu Klagenfurt” is the link between an old legend and modern science: at the time, finding the skull was seen as proof that the tale of an unknown animal shrouded in legend in the 14th century was true. It was only as late as the 19th century that scientists were able to identify it as an ice age woolly rhinoceros.
Replica of a printing press
… from the 16th century – to illustrate early letterpress printing. During the exhibition period, “Ein innigklichs’ Gebet”, an eight-page Protestant prayer printed in 1542 by Martin Paeonius Turnauer, will be reproduced.
Pictorial representation of the Lindwurm
… by Reinfried Wagner – who gave the Lindwurm its wings to fly.
Anton von Dreer’s testament
… which bequeathed one of the most impressive coin collections in Austria to the city of Klagenfurt.
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
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