Cultural Splint #42

In the current Cultural Splint we give a brief insight into current news and events of museums and cultural sights of our platform and beyond. Have fun reading!

Archaeological Museum Hamburg presents lecture on migration in human prehistory

The Archaeological Museum Hamburg will present the lecture “The genetic origin of Europeans: migration in prehistory” by Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause at its Archaeologicum at 6 pm on Wednesday, 24 October. He is the director of the Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for Human History and his team analysed genes from the Stone Age in order to trace the origins of Europeans. In the lecture he presents the research results and gets to the bottom of the questions as to where humans come from and how they have developed. The transition from a hunter-gatherer society to an early peasant society and the transition between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age were of central interest for the research. About 1,000 prehistoric individuals have been studied by the researchers to date in order to be able to observe changes in the genetic composition of former Europeans in connection with epochal changes. This provided evidence of two massive migration events that have left their mark on all contemporary Western Eurasians. Admission to the lecture costs 4 euros, concessions 3 euros. Further information can be found at

The 1st European Restoration Day in Germany

On Sunday14 October, the Association of Restorers is organising the 1st European Restoration Day in Germany. German and European restorers will give exclusive insights into their work, which can take place in private studios, museums, universities, palace administrations and monument offices alike. On this day, discover your enthusiasm for researching and preserving works of art and cultural assets. On the European Restoration Day events page at you will find detailed information on the program for the various venues.

“Cut Out” – NöART exhibition opened at Scheibbs Town Hall

The exhibition “Cut Out” by art association NöART will be shown from 22 October to 9 November at Rathaus Scheibbs in Austria. Let yourself be surprised by paper cuts by different artists and rediscover a technique considered conservative as well as different media perspectives. Although the technique of paper cutting probably dates back to the beginning of paper production in the 2nd century, it did not develop into an independent art form in Europe until the 20th century. As one of the most widespread genres of folk art, the paper cut was and is particularly popular in China. The vernissage of the exhibition will take place on Friday, 19 October at 7.30 pm in the town hall of Scheibbs. You can visit the exhibition during the tenure of the municipality of Scheibbs. Further information can be found at or

Special exhibition in cooperation with pupils focuses on guest work in Mainz

From 28 October to 27 January 2019, the Stadthistorisches Museum Mainz, in cooperation with the Institute for Historical Geography at the University of Mainz e.V., is presenting the special exhibition “First Generation Guest Workers from Mainz”. The exhibition is dedicated to an almost forgotten chapter of Mainz’s post-war history. From 1955 onwards and the agreed recruitment agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and mostly Southern European states, the immense demand for manpower for reconstruction was met with “guest workers”. Contrary to their original plans, many of them stayed permanently and soon felt at home here. Former “guest workers” of the first generation from various countries of origin, who came to Mainz in the 1960s and 1970s, were interviewed with pupils of the Gymnasium am Kurfürstlichen Schloss. The school working group also interviewed some of their classmates with a migration background. The aim of the interview was to find out how the members of the third generation see themselves and what the topic “immigration” is all about in their family history. The special exhibition will be accompanied by various events. More information can be found at

Exhibition of a Japanese artist unique in Europe

With the exhibition “Nobuyuki Tanaka – Urformen” the mpk (Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern) is the first European museum to present expressive lacquer sculptures by the Japanese artist Nobuyuki Tanaka. The impressive lifework of one of Japan’s most important contemporary lacquer artists comprises around 20 unique, partly monumental wall and floor works. The works were created between 1994 and 2018. The exhibition will open on 19 October at 8 pm. During the entire exhibition period from 20 October to 10 February 2019, you can take part in numerous accompanying events. Further information can be found at

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