Museum: new from and in the painter’s corner

Museum: new from and in the painter's corner

The painter’s corner in the painter’s corner house: the special exhibition dedicated to marktreit’s most famous sight has grown further. Since the opening in june, the museum has received three works as gifts and one as a loan.

Anyone walking along the bachgasse in marktbreit stops involuntarily as soon as their gaze falls on the narrow building on the creek wall and the imposing town hall behind it. It is a sight that has fascinated for many years and that has been captured many times, today in photos, in the past and still today on canvas.

Since the originally planned special exhibition could not take place this summer, simone michel-von dungern decided on the spur of the moment to create a new theme: why not focus on the impressive house in which the museum is located?. With the support of the archive, which is supervised by the cultural officer christiane berneth, she collected an impressive selection of watercolors, oil paintings, etchings, but also prints, magazines and travel guides. In addition, there are all kinds of different things that show the painter’s angle: from plates to records to embroidered pictures.

The exhibition also caught the attention of a couple from wurttemberg who had bought a picture of the malerwinkel house in stuttgart years ago – "simply because they liked the look of it," reports christiane berneth. The special exhibition gave her the idea of returning it to where it was once created.

Simone michel-von dungern is very pleased about the donation. "Hugo john is not an unknown painter," she says, "and you can identify the signature". This is not the case with all paintings. Hugo john, born in 1874, already proved his artistic talent in his elementary school days. After seeing a portrait he had drawn of king ludwig II. After seeing it in bavaria, the local pastor and the district builder in homburg wanted him to train as a painter at the academy of fine arts in munich. Because his father was against it and preferred to let his son work in his carpenter’s shop, hugo john was only allowed to take painting lessons on the side. "As an adult, he devoted himself to painting in addition to his main job as a technician, creating landscapes, still lifes and flower paintings," the museum director researched. He also captured the events of the war on canvas.

His picture of marktbreiter malerwinkel joins numerous other city views, including those of nurnberg, dinkelsbuhl and rothenburg ob der tauber. Hugo john’s most comprehensive work of art is the stations of the cross in the parish church of st. John. St. Nicholas in ramstein.

The second gift received by the malerwinkelhaus jungst is a watercolor by josef minrath. He supervised the rebuilding of marktbreit as a technical employee after the war. "He checked the statics of the buildings and decided whether they could continue to be used," says christiane berneth. Later he worked as a freelance architect for the town.

The third donation that the museum has received since the opening of the exhibition comes from dr. Bernhard weber, who ran the mari-jo gallery in volkach for a long time. It is the woodcut "marktbreit" by michael hofmann, which was printed at the art festival artbreit 1997. Bernhard weber added "main, fisch" to the work: a blue ribbon runs along under the building complex, with a fish below it.

Simone michel-von dungern has also included a loan in the exhibition. It comes from the hobby painter and teacher fritz weisensee from marktbreit and was created in the 1960s/70s. Weisensee devoted himself to the popular market-wide motif on several occasions.

Info: the permanent exhibition "women’s room" and the special exhibition "fascination painter’s corner" are open on saturdays, sundays and holidays from 2 to 5 p.M. The cafe is not yet open, but the visitors can enjoy a typical french pastry, snowballs. The special exhibition will run until 1. November.

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