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28 August - 28 November 2021

1521 was a remarkable year: Magellan's round-the-world voyage, the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish led by Hernán Cortés, the Reichstag of Worms with the following banishment of Martin Luther, his stay at Wartburg Castle and the beginning of the translation of the New Testament, as well as the capture of Belgrade by the Ottomans.

In 1521, Jakob Fugger (1459-1525) made three donations to benefit himself, his family and the needy citizens of Augsburg: the burial place situated in the choir of the former Carmelite church of St. Anne, the preaching position in St. Moritz and the Fuggerei, a now world-famous social institution.
The Jubilee Exhibition of the Augsburg Art Collections and Museums focuses on the socio-historical constellations during the foundation year; the exhibition at the Diocesan Museum St. Afra broadens the view to the world-historical context in that memorable foundation year: The great trading families of the Fuggers and Welsers were global players with considerable influence on economic, political, religious and cultural processes.
This exhibition provides insights into various seafaring voyages and their trading goods, into the cultural exchange with the Aztecs and the Ottomans, and into Luther's ideas, that seemingly came to a temporary end when he was banished at the Reichstag in Worms.
The Diocesan Museum St. Afra presents a vibrant picture of one of the most interesting epochs in world history: Navigations instruments and spices, parrots and feather paintings, pamphlets and weapons are some of the artworks that bring these global entanglements to life.
A multi-touch table specially created for this exhibition offers visitors a hands-on experience of Magellan's perilous voyage: You have to load the ships and manage barriers to prevent the fleet from sinking.
ausstellungen 2021