Special Exhibition 2021

«The beautiful Melusina - Landshut Castle and the forbidden glance»

A medieval bestseller

This year's special exhibition invites you on a journey back in time to the 15th century and lets the lord of Landshut Castle at that time, Thüring von Ringoltingen, have his say. Fascinated by the French legend of the water fairy "Melusina", in 1456, he tells his own version of this mythical figure’s fate, of her knight Reymond and the doom of the "forbidden gaze". This is what happened to the noble knight when he broke his promise, observed Melusina in the bath and discovered that his wife had "the shape of a large worm from the navel downwards"!

The printing of Thüring's Melusina novel by a publisher in Basel, embellished with expressive woodcuts, laid the foundation for a four-hundred-year success story! While the exhibition impressively depicts Thüring's Melusina in artistic illustrations, the visitor is learning exciting facts about fashion, habits and customs in the late 15th century. A wooden MP3 player is allowing visitors to listen directly to Thüring's novel, while decoder magnifying glasses are providing interactive access to medieval themes. Even the little ones join in when they are guided to look closely at the woodcuts in order to crack the colour code.
The attractively designed special exhibition of the Landshut Castle Foundation is aimed at both young and older visitors and brings the exciting world of an early lord of Landshut Castle within reach for everyone.

The supporting programme of events is providing a multifaceted approach to the exhibition. In addition to well-founded lectures and evening guided tours, participants can try their hand at making a piece of the medieval world themselves. A highlight is the puppet show with wood-carved figures. Specially developed for the exhibition, it will be performed several times at Landshut Castle.

A didactically appealing accompanying booklet is suitable for reading aloud or for deepening the theme of the Melusina. A handy paper theatre is also available:  Big and small puppeteers can bring the Melusina episodes to life at home with the help of punched-out woodcut figures.

The special exhibition, curated by Benedicta Feraudi-Denier, is shown from 9 May to 17 October 2021 in the Granary Hall at Landshut Castle in Utzenstorf. Please note that the exhibition is in German.

Special exhibitions in recent years (archive)

Please visit the complete archive of the special exhibitions in recent years on the German or French language pages. Many Thanks.

We look forward to your visit or contact.

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Wildstation

Landshut Wildstation Foundation
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