Restored treasures of the Rhineland Renaissance


The Bibliothèque Humaniste in Sélestat is an original institution in the landscape of French libraries: apart from the fact that its precious collections are only marginally the result of confiscations during the French Revolution, since the mid-19th century it has conducted a policy of showcasing its collections in a permanent exhibition that reflects the golden age of the city of Sélestat in the 15th and 16th centuries. It thus developed into a library-museum, exhibiting works of art, precious objects, archaeological material and even "curiosities" alongside its rare books. After the exhibition "What's That? Journey through the Library's Curiosities", a new event is to lend added depth to the links between Sélestat's written heritage and its collections of objets d'art.

Designed in partnership with the Town of Sélestat and the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs for the Grand Est region, the "Restored Treasures of the Rhineland Renaissance" exhibition brings together some fifteen objects from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries in the upper Rhine region. Whether they form part of the Bibliothèque Humaniste collections or come from municipalities or establishments in the Lower Rhine region, they all share a common identity as recently restored treasures of art and history, listed by the Department for Historic Monuments.

What do we mean by the Rhineland Renaissance? What is a listed object? What are the principles, trades and acts involved in preservation? From the late-15th century stained glass windows of the old church in Obernai to the polychrome wood reliefs of Châtenois parish church, from a tapestry from Saint-Jean-Saverne abbey to a sculpture for the astronomical clock in Strasbourg, all of these restored treasures stand as a testimony to the artistic and intellectual flowering of Alsace in the age of print and the Reformation, but also to current skills and know-how in terms of enhancing and passing on its heritage.

This exhibition is organised in partnership with the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs for the Grand Est Region | Department for Regional Conservation of Historical Monuments–Strasbourg Site.

From 16 March to 9 June2019

March to April: Tuesdays to Sundays from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

April to June: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 6.00 pm

Closed on Mondays

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