Silesian Ars Moriendi. Medieval Monumental Brasses

28 November 2023 – 24 March 2024

Curators of the exhibition: Agata Stasińska, Mateusz Tomyślak

The unique metal tombstones characteristic of medieval Silesia, together with their filigree applications, are shown for the first time in this exhibition.

Among the displayed artefacts there are, among others, priceless filigree tombstone decorations originating from the church of the Abbey of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lubiąż, and the tombstone of Prince Vāclav of Żagań from the Church of St Barbara in Wrocław, restored in 2020–2021.

The aim of the curators was also to present the issues of technological and restoration nature – the exposition is to be preceded by relevant works and research in this scope. An interesting part of the exhibition is an attempt to capture and demonstrate various aspects of culture in the Middle Ages, linked with a contemporary approach to the subject of Death and the attitudes towards it.

This aspect is connected with the guides to ars moriendi, mentioned in the title of the exhibition, as well as objects related to personal devotion and the role played by the patron Saints in the life of Christian believers.