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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Culture Destination Germany

A walk into the past:

Experience the art of revolution in Bad Frankenhausen More than 2.6 million visitors cannot be wrong. Germany’s largest panorama picture Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany at the Panorama Museum Bad Frankenhausen is a truly unique art experience not to be missed. TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: PANORAMA MUSEUM

Bad Frankenhausen is a small, but historically important town situated within the Kyffhäuser hills in Thuringia, East Germany. In 1525, it was here that the radical preacher and doomsday prophet Thomas Müntzer initiated one of the last bloody battles fought during the German peasant war. To commemorate this event, a cylindrical building housing the monumental painting Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany was erected in the hills overlooking the town. Originally commissioned by the

East German state of the GDR, painter Werner Tübke created the impressive work of art with more than 3,000 individual figures between 1983 and 1987. Today, marvelling at the 14-metre-high and 123-metre-wide painting is like a journey into the past. Museum Manager Silke Krage reveals that visitors often say they felt like they were “becoming one with the painting”. In addition to the monumental painting, there are three changing exhibitions a

Main image: The Panorama Museum. Photo: ZK-MEDIEN Above right and bottom: Werner Tübke, Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany, 1983-87, oil on canvas, 14 x 123 metres, Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen. Copyright: Tübke, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2016; Photo: Dieter Leistner, Würzburg

year. These exhibitions are devoted predominantly to contemporary figurative art of international significance and to subjects from art history. Furthermore, the Panorama Museum regularly shows a carefully selected‘arthouse film’in its own cinema and presents first-class concerts, often including folk and blues artists, on Friday nights. With rich brine springs and many accessible nature trails nearby, Bad Frankenhausen is also the perfect location for those seeking relaxation and health benefits during their holidays.The‘leaning tower’of the church in Bad Frankenhausen is worth seeing too as it is more crooked than the famous leaning tower of Pisa.“We also recommend day trips to the Barbarossa Cave, the largest, accessible anhydrite cave in Europe as well as the Kyffhäuser monument and fortress,”suggests Krage.To learn more about the monumental painting, the museum offers free multimedia guides in English, which are either 25 or 70 minutes long.“Furthermore, we are working on an English re-launch of our website that will go live later this year,”reveals Krage. www.panorama-museum.de

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Discover Germany, Issue 36, March 2016  

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Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.