As a prelude to the next major special exhibition in the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum which is dedicated to fairy tales, fables and legends, amongst others, this year‘s Easter egg presentation shows artistically designed eggs from the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum‘s collection, with which fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, fables by Aesop, Phaedrus, Martin Luther, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Jean de La Fontaine as well as legends from Liechtenstein can be told.
In 79 AD the volcan Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, and Oplontis. The exhibition informs about the latest knowledge that recent excavations have unearthed and it develops, also from a geological and scientific perspective, the complex phenomena related to volcanism and bradyseism. In the exhibition you see famous original artworks from Pompeii and Herculaneum together with multimedia immersive environments.
In 1975, artist Regina Marxer from Vaduz became first woman from Liechtenstein to design a Liechtenstein stamp, namely the postage stamp issued to mark the occasion of «30 years of the Liechtenstein Red Cross». The collection of the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum includes the original designs of these stamps as well as other, unrealised designs and sketches by the artist. Most of these works are now being shown for the first time in a special exhibition at the Liechtenstein PostalMuseum. With this retrospective, the Liechtenstein NationalMuseum honours postage stamp designer Regina Marxer on the occasion of her 70th birthday.
Wedding and death, with first communion and confirmation in between – turning points in life are still celebrated today. To commemorate these events, souvenir pictures were creat-ed in the 19th and early 20th centuries and hung it on the wall in the parlor. They are adorned with artificial flowers made of textile and flowers and leaves made of human hair, show photographs of bridal couples and deceased, announce on labels the names of those remembered and proclaim good wishes and consolation. Hair was already sacrificed to the gods and the dead in antiquity, but only in the Biedermeier and Wilhelminian period were carefully prepared strands of hair artfully processed with fine wire into floral structures. Blossoms, twigs and wreaths made from the hair of family members and dear friends reflect the deep emotional bond between donors and recipients of the memorial pictures.