Special exhibition: LILIENZEIT

The mystical philosopher Jacob Böhme and the renewal of the world

Special exhibition from 31 August 2024 to 2 February 2025

An exhibition by the Dresden State Art Collections and the Silesian Museum in Görlitz, in cooperation with the Görlitz Collections for History and Culture. The presentation is part of the numerous initiatives to mark the Jacob Böhme anniversary years 2024 and 2025 in Görlitz and Zgorzelec.

Vernissage: 30 August 2024, 6 p.m., in the Silesian Museum in Görlitz, Brüderstraße 8

Jacob Böhme was born in 1575 in Alt Seidenberg (now Sulików) near Görlitz and died in Görlitz in 1624. He worked as a shoemaker and yarn merchant, but his thoughts and insights about man, God and the world are still of paramount importance today. Böhme is one of the most important German thinkers; he has had a lasting influence on literature, philosophy, religion and art over the centuries.

The exhibition aims to familiarise the general public with his world of thought and, in particular, his significance in Silesia. The winding paths of his manuscripts up to their publication and their reception are illuminated. Numerous valuable bibliophile loans from the Oberlausitzische Bibliothek der Wissenschaften in Görlitz give an impression of the creative power of Böhme and his supporters. An audio station invites visitors to immerse themselves in his ideas.

The show is part of an international exhibition series organised by the Dresden State Art Collections, which began in 2017 with a highly acclaimed presentation in the Dresden Palace Chapel. The accompanying programme of events includes lectures and films, activities for children and young people, guided tours of the exhibition, city tours, an excursion to Jacob Böhme's places and a concert as part of the Lusatia Festival.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office and the Sparkasse Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien Foundation.