Jan 10
SAAR
The 1920s. Living between tradition and modernity in the international Saar area

Historisches Museum Saar, Saarbrücken, Schlossplatz, until August 30, 2020

The Museum of Saar History (Historisches Museum Saar) is presenting „The 1920s. Living between tradition and modernity in the international Saar area", until August 30, 2020.  The exhibition is staged in the hall built by Gottfried Böhm and explores the development of the Saarland up to the referendum in 1935. The exhibition makes extensive use of media and numerous original objects from the time, and in addition, one room is dedicated to the history of the cinema of that time.

The twenties are associated with the bob, Charleston and Art deco. The enactment of the Treaty of Versailles in January 1920 also heralded the birth of the Saarland. The exhibition "The 20s“ shines a light on the early years of the Saarland and develops this up to the annexation of the Saar region by the German Reich. In addition to well-researched political history regarding the occupation, the French mine administration and the struggle of the referendum, a large part of the exhibition is for the very first time devoted to everyday life in the Saar region.

The focus of the exhibition is on topics such as increasing mobility and electrification, the new leisure opportunities such as the cinema, fashion and the question of the reality and the myth of the "New Woman". Social issues such as poverty and unemployment are also addressed. Among the exhibits are loans from the United Nations Library and Archives Geneva, as well as motorbikes, Charleston dresses and electrical household appliances, all of which give visitors some sense of the new life-style. The 1920s are also brought to life by the extensive use of media and interactive exhibits. The presentation evokes a street scene simulating the day and night cycle.

Within the framework of the exhibition, there is an extensive additional program with costume tours, workshops for children, films and a series of talks. The exhibition is trilingual in design:  visitors from abroad will be provided with brochures about the exhibition in both French and English at the reception.  The Imhof-Verlag is going to publish an exhibition catalogue of 240 pages.

The exhibition falls under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Saarland Tobias Hans. It was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the project "Machine Rooms". 

The exhibition features League of Nations Archives related to Saarland, on loan from the UN Library & Archives Geneva.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 – 18.00, Wednesday 10.00 – 20.00

Monday closed

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