The new exhibition focuses on art from 1000–1250 AD, when Hildesheim was a leading cultural and spiritual centre. However, key works from more recent periods are also on display such as, for example, the cathedral‘s Renaissance choir screen, which dates from around 1540, or the monumental early 17th century tapestry cycle depicting the Artemisia legend. The historical works are juxtaposed with works by contemporary artists such as Bernhard Heiliger, Arnulf Rainer, Gerd Winner or Emil Cimiotti. This richly illustrated publication provides an overview of the main works in the form of short texts accompanied by mostly new pictures.
Cathedral Museum Hildesheim
The reopening of Hildesheim Cathedral Museum in April 2015 marks the conclusion of a renovation project lasting several years. The complex of buildings is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to one of the most outstanding collections of ecclesiastical art, which will now be on display in a completely refurbished environment. In contrast to many other museum collections, the history of the Cathedral Museum and its treasures spans a remarkable 1200 years. The collection already belonged to the cathedral in medieval times, it is therefore an integral part of the Hildesheim UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes St Mary‘s Cathedral as well as St Michael‘s Church.