Lichtenwalde Castle Treasury Museum
Castle of 1,000 treasures
The newly redesigned Treasury Museum showcases artefacts from distant cultures, some of which are thousands of years old and of untold cultural value. Exhibits include Nepalese and Tibetan art and ritualistic objects as well as Japanese and Chinese porcelain, lacquerware, furniture and silk embroidery. Other artefacts include wood and ceramic sculptures from ancient West African cultures of ancestor worship and belief in the supernatural. The museum’s collection of German silhouettes from a period spanning three centuries ranks among the largest and most comprehensive in Germany.
Close to the Gods
The museum is divided into four sections: Close to the Gods – everyday life and religion in the Himalayas is the theme of this section. Its collection of objects drawn from everyday life and from the Hinduism of Nepal and the Buddhism of Tibet was put together in the 1970s (as was the Between the Worlds collection) by Dr. Walter Frank and has been generously made available to the public in Lichtenwalde Castle.
Myths of East Asia
The Myths of East Asia section displays treasures from China and Japan donated to Lichtenwalde in 2005 by the collector Georg Brühl. Georg Brühl also donated the paintings in the Red Salon. The East Asian collection on the second floor includes valuable porcelain, lacquerware, furniture, sculpture, silk embroidery and graphic art.
From China to Europe
With silhouettes from a period spanning three centuries, the From China to Europe section documents a craft that first emerged 1,500 years ago in northern China and arrived in Germany in the mid-18th century. The silhouettes – which were cut freehand using scissors – enjoyed great popularity here, before they were supplanted by photography in the 1840s.
Between the Worlds
The Between the Worlds exhibition takes visitors to Western Africa. Advanced civilisations developed here with a basis in ancestor worship and supernatural beliefs, the aesthetic value of whose art and ritual objects was not recognised in Europe until the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition includes expressive sculptures, animal masks, burial objects and other everyday and ritualistic objects made of wood, ceramic and metal.