The municipal museum in kitzingen is closed. Since the beginning of this month. At least for the public. Half a year’s time has thus been gained to work out a new concept. District home guardian prof. Dr. Klaus reder sees this as an opportunity and speaks of an "actually rude offer to the museum director". Not everyone sees it that way.
Until the end of january the doors in the landwehrstrabe are closed. Only students and schoolchildren continue to be granted access for research or study purposes. Behind the doors, a future-proof solution is being worked on. On the one hand, the museum should attract more visitors, and on the other, it should continue to fulfill its task as a preserver of urban treasures from the past. How this can work? In the middle of october a guided tour for all city councils will be offered. "Everyone is called upon to give some thought and get involved," announces culture officer dr. Brigitte endres-paul and recalls the closure of the depot in the schoolyard, which got the whole mess rolling. Her accusation: the city council had rejected a further lease of the premises without providing for an alternative of storage. "Therefore, the museum management had to provide additional storage for all the objects in the museum’s depot. The second floor became a storage room."
Hundreds of requisites from the past, piled up in attics, barns or storerooms, are by no means uncommon. "Every german museum is bursting at the seams," says prof. Reder. In the 60s and 70s, this pressure was built up almost everywhere, when almost everything was collected that seemed to be worth preserving in some way. In the museum in aschach, for example, 30 wagon wheels accumulated. "No one comes to look at 30 wagenrader," says reder.
In aschach and elsewhere, the decision has long been taken out of service. Depositories were emptied, loans were returned or transferred to special museums. Only relevant things have been kept in aschach, for example. A process that is also necessary in kitzingen. "I don’t have to have everything by rother five times over," says reder. The task of a museum director is also to deal critically with new acquisitions and to question whether loans can be returned.
The city council’s decision at the beginning of july has obviously caused confusion among some of kitzingen’s lenders. Prof. Dr. Frank falkenstein, chairman of the forderverein, writes of "unsettled lenders who want to withdraw their art treasures from the museum as soon as possible."He fears a bloodletting of kitzingen’s cultural assets and asks the mayor in a letter to withdraw the decision.
"What is indispensable, what is peripheral?" Crucial question for district curator prof. Klaus reder
All this is obviously based on a misunderstanding, as dr. Endres-paul emphasizes. "None of the city councillors has demanded that, for example, the paul eber bible, which is also on loan, be returned." The city council resolution was meant quite differently. It’s about critically examining loans that are newly offered to the museum.
There are always new offers like this – at almost every museum location. The task is to separate the important from the less important. "Important relics have to be tied to the city in the long term," says prof. Reder and recommends the creation of a collection concept. "What is indispensable, what is peripheral?"This question must first be answered and space created accordingly. His assessment: kitzingen currently lacks a viable concept, one that also has political approval.
Reder can imagine a permanent exhibition, for example on the history of the town, as the basis for a new opening – supplemented by alternating, attractive special exhibitions – in attractive rooms. He cites the rhon museum in fladungen, which has undergone a similar process in recent years, as a possible role model. "Their process could simply be copied in kitzingen."The district curator of local history is gladly available as an advisor for this.