Mission Ziegenbalg

Christine Bergmann und Stefan Schwarzer in search of traces Tharangambadi

Before the Corona Pandemic, when travelling to distant countries was commonplace and a positive achievement of globalization, artists Christine Bergmann and Stefan Schwarzer worked in the »City of Singing Waves« Tharangambadi on the east coast of India. For the first time, the Art Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt, in cooperation with the Francke Foundations and the Ziegenbalghaus Tharangambadi, awarded a scholarship for a working stay in the city where 300 years ago Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg, a student of August Hermann Francke, founded schools for boys and girls. Ziegenbalg researched the Tamil culture, recorded his findings in reports and handed down numerous objects. His house is now a museum for the intercultural dialogue between India and Europe. Following in the footsteps of Ziegenbalg, the scholarship holders were able to get to know different aspects of Indian culture and society, find inspiration and work artistically. They wandered in the intoxication of smells and sounds, experienced adventurous rickshaw rides and sacred customs that meet modern capitalism. They enjoyed cultural experiences between temple and junk and the infinite abundance of textile and built ornaments.

The paintings created by Christine Bergmann and the drawings by Stefan Schwarzer invite you to join them on their journey and to wander into the distance in times of restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic. During the visit, you can also take a look at the India cabinet in the Cabinet of Artefacts and Curiosities as well as at the Orphanage- and Pietism cabinets! We wish you many inspiring hours in the Francke Foundations, Halles Tor zur Welt for 300 years.

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