Silesia Rediviva: The Baroque period in Silesia -- Collection of Art and Handicrafts from the National Museum in Wrocław, Poland
December 18, 2018 - March 24, 2019 Time: 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Room A, B1
——Exhibition Overview——

III. Rebuilding People's Lives

The Thirty Years War (1618~1648) fought between Catholics and Protestants was driven by religious tensions rooted deeply in the fragmented Holy Roman Empire. It gradually developed into a more general conflict involving most of the European great powers. It was one of the most destructive conflicts in the German speaking area including Silesia. The postwar economic recovery in Silesia provided opportunities for the arrival of the city burgher class. This group of people engaged in all kinds of social activities and skilled occupations. Craftsmen in trade guilds, owners of small businesses, doctors and, government officials were some fine examples. The rapid growth in wealth empowered this newly risen burgher class to play a crucial role in the Baroque era's city development. Hard working and well-to-do, the burgher class valued the importance of education and had active minds. Having realized that common people's lives could be threatened, at any given moment, by catastrophic events, such as plagues, wars, natural or man-made disasters, yet they did not cease performing their professional duties, adding values to society, or celebrating the joy of life, and was always longing to be well remembered. Just as the handicrafts are presented in the exhibition, which are items with excellent skills and showcase the riches and the foot prints of people who produced or possessed them. 

Silesia was also taking great pride in these handicrafts representing high-level applied arts. The funerary shields, pewter tankards, silver vessels, welcome cups and, elements of armaments are examples that were famous for, and were exported to both Western and Eastern of Europe. The admiration was the driving power to encourage and inspire the artisans. This is a world created by man to fulfill all his needs — a Baroque world.

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