Stiftung Schloss Dyck, 41363 Jüchen, Fon (0 21 82) 824-0, Fax (0 21 82) 824-110

"History" and "Landscape" in the Castle and Stable Yard

Exhibition History and Landscape in the  castle and stable yard

Two permanent exhibitions invite you to travel through time into the 17th and 19th century. What was life like in Dyck? What ideas determined the zeitgeist? The search for answers first leads us into the high castle. There, the exhibition "History" presents the representative ground floor rooms of the east wing. The ballroom is suffused by light and gives us an idea of its former grandeur. Its baroque ceiling paintings, which date from the construction time in 1656, deserve your special attention. Parlour games with different garden scenes in the background are depicted in 12 tableaux by the Rococo painter Rousseau. Two further rooms show precious 18th century wall panels: a dark embossed gold leather wall covering gives it a muted and noble atmosphere. A Chinese silk wall covering, a gift by Karl IV to his daughter Maria Theresia, was an inheritance to the family property and depicts scenes of the Chinese working day centred around the main export goods porcelain, tea, rice and silk.
The exhibition "Landscape" in the stable yard is dedicated to the garden design of the 18th and 19th century. The political reform efforts of the Age of Enlightenment caused a change in society and influenced the perception of nature. As early as 1820, the then lord of the castle, Prince Joseph zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, brought about a change from the rigid forms of the baroque towards landscape design in Jüchen. Every view from the windows allows a direct match: the English landscape garden around the castle is a living example which corresponds to the exhibits. Among them the herbal by Hiernonymus Bock, the cactee catalogue by Prince Joseph as well as landscape paintings by artists of the Düsseldorf School of Art. Schubert's Winterreise is made into an audio-visual experience: seated in blue wing chairs you listen to the sound creation while looking at a black and white photograph cycle. The exhibition is rounded off by educational installations.

Ceiling Painting

Garden scenes of the exhibition History

Learning chirdren in the Silk Room

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