Lux – new permanent exhibition at the Graf-Luxburg-Museum

Date: 07/2017 – 07/2020

Location: Bad Bocklet, Aschach

Client: Bezirk Unterfranken, Museen Schloss Aschach

At the Count of Luxburg’s summer residence, visitors gain rare insight into the world of a family of art lovers and collectors across thirty of the castle’s rooms.
From the very beginning, the scenographic aim of the exhibition was to make this historic living space appear as authentic as possible. Everything is designed to give the impression that the residents are still living there and have simply stepped out of the room for a moment. Through the staging of furnishings and individual objects and the use of shadow projections and new media, flashbacks and snippets of time are created while the rooms are also brought back to life. Following this premise, it was important that the informative museum elements were not allowed to occupy a more prominent position than the exhibit, allowing the visitors to embark on a voyage of discovery and to explore the castle world themselves. The overall impression of the space remains undisturbed, with maps and books able to be perused and read by visitors.

The overall impression of the space remains undisturbed, with maps and books able to be perused and read by visitors.
The gallery rooms stand in contrast to the authentic living spaces. Here, items from the von Luxburg family’s most valuable collections are presented – well-lit and without any distracting ornamentation to ensure the focus remains on the outstanding beauty of the exhibits, in keeping with Brian O’Doherty’s theoretical “white cube” approach.
It is the intimacy and authenticity, but also playfulness and humour, that lend the new Graf Luxburg Museum its charm.

Photos: © Alexander Mengel, Gerhard Nixdorf

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