The origins of pageant tradition and its designs explored in new MK&G retrospective

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MK&G (the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg) will get able to celebration at its newest exhibition targeted fully on festivals. The retrospective (till 25 August 2024) centres on the origins of worldwide celebrations, from festivals, ceremonies and events, and the way they play an important function in anthropological historical past and the evolution of cultural exchanges. The Hamburg museum explores these celebrations Greek and Roman antiquity, and the way it has impacted up to date festive tradition.

MK&G presents ‘Able to Celebration’

Exhibition view „FESTE FEIERN! “MK&G

(Picture credit score: Henning Rogge, Hamburg)

Aptly titled ‘Prepared To Celebration’, the exhibition focuses on the 4 pillars of a profitable historical celebration; a procession, a ritual, a contest, and sharing foods and drinks. By means of MK&G’s Assortment of Historic Arts and Antiquities, complemented by loans from the Nationwide Archaeological Museum in Naples and the Capitoline Museums in Rome, amongst others, the vast assortment spins a story by means of footage and symbols on ingesting cups, sculptures, objects and relics, creating a transparent image of an historical get collectively.

Large gathering of people

Celebrating within the Schottenhamel pageant tent on the Wiesn, Munich, 2023 Movie nonetheless from the essay sequence „FESTE FEIERN! “ Editorial: Dr Manuela van Rossem/MK&G

(Picture credit score: © dschungelfilm/Martin D’Costa)

The central theme focuses on how historical festivals mark the origin of current day pageant tradition. Eager to showcase the parallels between historical and fashionable tradition, a recent movie essay shall be on present, which dives into the world of worldwide festivals from the Munich Oktoberfest to the Heavy Metallic Competition in Wacken. Different rituals present the dynamic nature of human tradition, from a non-public funeral service in Hamburg to an Aramaic wedding ceremony happening in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Gütersloh and Herford.

Heavy metal festival

Metalfans at Wacken Open Air, 2023. Movie nonetheless from the essay sequence „FESTE FEIERN! “ Editorial: Dr Manuela van Rossem/MK&G

(Picture credit score: © dschungelfilm/Martin D’Costa)

The exhibition is split into 4 chapters. The primary is known as after the classical pageant of Panathenaea, which illuminates the spiritual and political celebration held in historical Athens, which honoured the goddess Athena. Within the second chapter “Spectaculum Gladiatorum”, guests will study concerning the gladiatorial video games typically related to violence and bloodshed. The chapter will present how the video games developed right into a spectacle, when its origins lie in funerary custom.

Ancient vases behind glass

Exhibition view „FESTE FEIERN! “MK&G

(Picture credit score: Henning Rogge, Hamburg)

‘Funeral and Burial Rites’ questions the rituals concerned in the way in which we rejoice festivals together with how religions competed with one another. The final chapter, “Secret Rites”, appears on the affect of the Mithras cult on the event of Christian festive tradition.

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