One of the most important German thinkers, the philosopher and mystic Jacob Böhme (1575 - 1624) made an impact on literature, philosophy, religion and art that resonated well beyond German borders and that persists even today. Focusing on central concepts in Böhmes work, the Dresden State Art Collections are devoting an exhibition to Böhme in the autumn of 2017 because, despite the fact that Jacob Böhme held a great fascination for writers and artists of later generations, his work is little-known today.
With the exhibition, the palace chapel of the Dresden Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), reconstructed in 2013, will function as a museum space for the first time. Graphics, paintings, scientific instruments and handcrafted objects will be exhibited alongside selected manuscripts and printed editions of Böhme’s works. Since the floor plan of the exhibition follows Böhme’s own hand-drawn model for the workings of the cosmos, visitors to the exhibit will be able to enter and “walk through” Böhme’s conceptual world.