Cultural Splint #44

The autumn holidays are coming to an end in some regions of Germany, but the art and culture scene is active and will continue to offer interesting events and exhibitions in the coming days. We present a collection in the current cultural splint. We hope you enjoy reading!

Symposium on “Art Criticism and Net Culture – Inventories from Everyday Work”.

At a public symposium in the Kunsthalle Mannheim on Saturday, 10 November 2018 starting at 9 am, the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Germany will address the question of what effects the current developments of digitization are having on the world of art and cultural criticism. AICA Germany will discuss the opportunities and challenges for cultural and art reporting. What is the future of art criticism? In view of the growing importance of image-based representation, what role does written text play? What influence do new media formats such as social media have? As an example, these are questions that the contributions to the symposium will examine in depth. The contributions will come primarily from AICA members. The event will open with a performance by the artist Thierry Geoffroy. His work is currently in the special exhibition “Construction of the World. Kunst und Ökonomie” of the Kunsthalle. Further information and tickets can be found at

“Saving – History of a German Virtue” in the German Historical Museum

The exhibition “Sparen – Geschichte einer deutschen Tugend” at the German Historical Museum is drawing to a close. Until Sunday, 4 November, you can visit the exhibition and get to the bottom of the question as to why and in what way saving in Germany has developed over the centuries into an unquestioned virtue and what role the state plays in it. The exhibition looks back at the origins of the pronounced austerity mentality that hardly any other nation lives by. Private and public budgets in Germany are unswervingly saving money, seemingly unimpressed by hyperinflation, historically low interest rates and the global economic crisis. Thematic spaces on savings education, the gender image in savings advertising, nature symbolism and current savings behaviour shed light on the phenomenon across epochs. Public guided tours through the exhibition will take place on Saturday, 3 November at 4 pm and on Sunday, 4 November at 11 am.

End of season at the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum

The Black Forest Open-Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof takes leave of the winter break with a festive end to the season on Sunday, 4 November. A varied program awaits visitors before the museum closes until 24 March 2019. From 11 am to 5 pm you can take part in handicraft demonstrations, a special scenic tour and a review of the year.
The Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum opens its doors once again to the three-day Christmas market. On the third Advent weekend, from 14 to 16 December, more than 40 exhibitors from the region offer traditional crafts and local products in the artistically illuminated ambience of the historical Black Forest farms.

Minden Museum and FH Bielefeld present exhibition “Da Vinci 500 – Moving Inventions”.

In cooperation with the Department of Engineering and Mathematics of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, the Minden Museum presents the exhibition “Da Vinci 500 – Moving Inventions”. You can visit the exhibition from Saturday, 3 November to Sunday, 28 April 2019. The genius of the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci is reflected in around 30 fascinating models. They make technology accessible to all age groups in the truest sense of the word in the museum and invite visitors to touch, experiment and play. Play, stay curious, have fun – and immerse yourself in a world full of technology, fascination and genius – immerse yourself in the world of Leonardo da Vinci!
The exhibition will open at 4 pm in the Minden Museum. Admission to the opening is free from 3.30 pm. Further information on the accompanying educational and adventure offers can be found at

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