Maribor Regional Museum
Museoeurope The reminescences of the European heritage are based on cunning, abduction and rape, "committed" by the desire of Greek gods. Medieval Europe takes us on a journey into the world of knighthood, courtliness and the development of manners, the kiss of peace, devotion and love, and above faith and hope. Renaissance Europe originates from the beauty of the spirit and sensuality, the Enlightenment descends from reason, while the times of the Bourgeoisie and the Modern Age stem from the ideals of equality, freedom and solidarity.
The project Museoeurope symbolically refers to the Renaissance saying about the "knowledge that revives what is dying", and "art which brings back into light what has descended into darkness". The project is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and experiences, knowledge and heritage, which unfolds the different faces of Europe.
ICOM - The International Council of Museums Mestna občina Maribor Ministrstvo za kulturo
Regional Museum Maribor, Grajska ulica 2, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
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4. 7. - 6. 9. 2012museoeurope 2012

The Language of Peace

Just like all states, Styria too had its own territorial army. Besides the infantry the army also existed of cavalry units. The latter consisted of harquebusiers and cuirassiers. The weapons were mainly acquired from the Styrian Armoury from the city of Graz. This armoury provided the armaments for the defence of the municipalities as well as for the mercenary soldiers.

The armaments of the country mercenaries - the Landsknechte, 16th century. Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz.

19. 9. - 9. 10. 2012museoeurope 2012

The Uniform of the Pontifical Swiss Guards

The uniform of the Pontifical Swiss Guards takes us back to the times of the Counts of Brandis and the Pope Pius VI, who had spent the night in the castle of Maribor in the year of 1782. We can state without fear of contradiction that the pope had been accompanied by the members of the Swiss Guard, which had protected him on his journey from Vatican to Vienna. The first guardsmen are already being mentioned in the 16th century. The particular version of the uniform, which is being exhibited, dates back to the year of 1914 and was codified by the Swiss Guard Commandant of the time, Jules Repond.

The Halberdier's uniform of the Pontifical Swiss Guard in Vatican. Guardia Svizzera Pontificia.

7. 11. - 27. 11. 2012museoeurope 2012

The sculptures of the Straub brothers

Straub is the family name of renowned sculptors, which originated from Wiesensteig, a town in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The Straub family is one of the most important artistic families in the sphere of Middle Europe in the 18th century. The sculpting profession of the father Johann Georg Straub (1674-1755) had been further developed by his five sons: Johann Baptist (1704-1755), who worked as a court sculptor in Munich, Philipp Jakob (1706-1774), a court sculptor in Graz, Joseph (1712-1756), a sculptor in Maribor, Johann Georg (1721-1773), a sculptor in Radgona, and Franz Adam (1726 - before 1771), a sculptor in Zagreb.

Johann Baptist Straub (1704–1784): Virgin with Child (from the façade of Straub's House in Munich), Munich, 1759; Oak; Height 99 cm.
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München.

28. 11. - 18. 12. 2012museoeurope 2012

The table of prince Wiśniowiecki and princess Radziwiłł

The table with the family coat of arms of the Radziwiłł and Wiśniowiecki families was made during the rule of the Wettin dynasty, in the time of the Polish-Lithuanian union, which had been one of the greater countries in Europe of that time. The table was made for Michał Serwacy Wiśniowiecki and his wife Tekla Róża, born Radziwiłł. The motifs depict the love relationship as well as the families’ splendour and the pride of their titles of nobility.

Table with the coats of arms of Radziwiłł and Wiśniowiecki families; Johann Her (?), Radziwiłł family workshop, Biała Podlaska, Poland, 1741–1744; carpentry, wood carving, ebonization, inlay; spruce, pear, pewter and silver alloy; 76 x 94 x 44 cm. The National Museum in Warsaw..


The Regional Museum Maribor invites you to attend a cycle of lectures by native and foreign experts, which will be held within the scope of the project The European Capitol of Culture - Maribor 2012. The lectures will refer to the guest appearances of the museum objects within the framework of the exhibition. We are expecting lecturers from Austria, Germany, Vatican, Poland, Croatia and Slovenia.

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