Frühe Fotografie aus dem Wendland
About 150 years ago, farmers from 35 villages in the north of the Netherlands came together and commissioned a photograph album that was very elaborate for their time. The 42 historical recordings of the album show houses and entire villages of the Wendland and their inhabitants. The Rundlingverein has processed the photos into an exhibition that was already on display in the Rundlingsmuseum Wendlandhof Lübeln. From 4 February to 15 March 2019, she will once again be seen in the Lüchower Kreishaus.
From today's perspective, the photo album represents a unique and invaluable contemporary document. The 42 historical photographs provide information about the appearance of houses and entire villages, most of which are Rundlinge in a very narrow circle between Grabow, Zeetze and Bösel. Usually in the photos also residents in working clothes, with agricultural equipment and animals to see. Some photos show former manors such as Banneick, Königshorst and the Untergut Grabow, two show the Lüchower Amtsturm and the office building. To this day, for example, monument preservation uses photographs as important sources of advice for homeowners.
On the one hand the exhibition of the Rundlingverein shows the historical recordings, but also presents them with contemporary views and supplements them with reports about the village life of that time. Magnifications of details give the opportunity to look more closely at implements or parts of clothing. In addition, the exhibition addresses the beginnings of photography, which was technically extremely complex, but although it was still in its infancy at that time, from today's perspective produced surprisingly good shots.
For about four years a working group of the Rundlingverein volunteered to make the exhibition possible. This began with initially gaining access to the originals, which are still owned by the House of Hannover and are kept in an archive in Pattensen. For the Wendland farmers had made the album in 1866 as a Christmas present for the then already living in exile King George V. The present seems to have been well received, because the agitated Georg V. wrote to his wife: "The album presented to you by the Wendlanders is of inestimable value to me."
The exhibition of the series "KuK 2019 - Art and Culture in the District House" is open to visitors from Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 4pm and on Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
The Rundlingverein is a member of the Museumsverbund Lüchow-Dannenberg e. V .: www.museen-wendland.de .
Photos: Gühlitz (detail, source: HSTAH Dep. 103 XXII No. 140). Satemin (detail, source: HSTAH Dep. 103 XXII No. 140).