- »In the quarry of time. Erdgeschichten und die Anfänge der Geologie« Annual Exhibition of the Francke Foundations 2020
- 'Cultural-historical exhibition with photos of the Canadian Edward Burtynsky (Anthropocene, 2018) and sounds by Dominik Eulberg
- Scientific catalog with the Anthropocene experts Christian Schwägerl and Reinhold Leinfelder as well as the journalist and creationism opponent Thomas Junker
- Exhibition opening on 20.09.2020, 11 am with the science journalist Christian Schwägerl (GEO, ZEIT Wissen, FAZ)
INVITATION TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 AT 11:00 AM
WHERE: HISTORIC ORPHANAGE | FRANCKEPLATZ 1 06110 HALL (SAALE)
Dear Sir or Madam,
In their annual exhibition, the Francke Foundations present one of the great events of the early modern period: the discovery of the Earth's time. For this, the curators put the magnifying glass on the Halle scholarly cosmos of the 18th century with the pietistic Orphanage and the Brandenburg-Prussian Friedrichs-University. This center of the Early Enlightenment is located in the middle between the geologically most diverse low mountain range in Germany, the Harz Mountains, and the Bergakademie in Freiberg (founded in 1765), the fifth in the series of worldwide educational institutions for mining science. The local cultural and historical collections, the library of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences, the university and state library of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the archive and library of the Francke Foundations, reflect the broad interest in geological phenomena as well as in the discovery of the history of the earth. Their treasures illustrate for the first time in an exhibition the birth of geology as a science.
Visitors can expect an emotional and excitingly staged exhibition tour from the prehistory of geology to the development of modern geosciences in the 19th century with an excursion to the present. The show leads vividly through seemingly contradictory theories of the origin of the earth, through scholarly disputes, economic interests and the loss of the primacy of the Bible to a look into the abyss of the geological era. Alchemists who sought the pure, physical theologians who wanted to discover the perfection of creation, cameralists who fought for the utilization of resources, university professors and scientifically highly educated dilettantes and collectors, networked in a worldwide community of scholars, will, as Neptunists, volcanists, catastrophists or actualists, strive to gain a scientifically founded idea of the history and geological structure of the earth. The exhibition does not dismiss the public without a scientifically founded view of the Anthropocene, in which for the first time mankind radically changed the geological formation of the earth.
»We were particularly interested in what motivated people to engage with inanimate nature,« says Dr. Claus Veltmann, custodian and with Tom Gärtig curator of the exhibition. To this end, they were able to work, among other things, with the unique estate of the geological autodidact Christian Keferstein (1784-1866), who went down in history as the creator of the first geological map of Germany. 300 geological maps, almost 600 letters and a specialist library comprising 2000 volumes make up the collection that is now kept in the archive and library of the Francke Foundations.
The exhibition designers from the Formikat agency ( among others, Verkehrsmuseum Dresden 2018 Ich.Fahr.Rad and 2019 Von Prunkgondeln, Prachtkutschen und Pferdeäpfeln) put the 250 exhibition objects, including loans from the Halle Collections, the custody of the Bergakademie in Freiberg, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin or the impressive rock collection of the Central Magazine of Natural Science Collections of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, in an exciting setting. They focus on the sensual and emotional experience. Texts about the objects can only be found in the free booklet accompanying the tour. Films by Murat Haschu and sounds by Dominik Eulberg, the »Nature DJ from the Westerwald« (ARD), allow us to immerse ourselves in the earth's history. The photographs of the Canadian Edward Burtynsky make us think. With his works on industrial landscapes, he documents how the environment is changed by unbridled globalized financial and economic interests. The exhibition tour ends with a selection of his impressive photographs of mines and open-cast mines around the world.
»Im Steinbruch der Zeit. Erdgeschichten und die Anfänge der Geologie«
September 20, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Annual Exhibition in the Historic Orphanage
Francke Foundations | Franckeplatz 1 | 06110 Halle
Information and accompanying program
Tel +49(0)345-21 27 450 | www.francke-halle.de
Entrance 6 Euro, red. 4 Euro, children up to 18 years free
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated scientific catalog with contributions by outstanding authors, which presents in detail the struggle for order and knowledge on the way to the discovery of the Earth's time in the 18th century. The catalog does not stop at history. In the final chapter, he gives the floor to the science journalist Christian Schwägerl (GEO, ZEIT Wissen, FAZ) and the paleontologist and geobiologist Reinhold Leinfelder (Professor at the Free University of Berlin), who open up a view of the Anthropocene with scientific facts. In an excursus, the biology historian, non-fiction author and publicist Thomas Junker will speak on the ongoing discourse on evolution and creation, which is fired above all by the creationists.
Im Steinbruch der Zeit. Erdgeschichten und die Anfänge der Geologie. Hrsg. im Auftrag der Franckeschen Stiftungen von Tom Gärtig und Claus Veltmann. Halle 2020 (Kataloge der Franckeschen Stiftungen, 37).
264 S., 187 Abb., € 28,00; ISBN 978-3-447-11383-0
We look forward to presenting the exhibition and the catalog at a press conference in Halle on September 17, 2020 at 11 a.m.
If you wish to attend the opening of the annual exhibition on September 20, 2020 at 11 a.m., please register with us in good time.
Your Dr. Kerstin Heldt and Friederike Lippold