Droste Museum – NEUSTART


Wir sind zwar immer zumeist mit der Angst davongekommen. […], aber die Angst ist selbst ein großes Übel, und ohne einigen Verdruss oder Schmerzen ist es doch nirgends abgegangen.

These words come from a letter written by the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff in February 1846, reporting on illnesses and accidents in the family. The lines could just as well apply to the present situation: Fear of contagion, fear of death and restriction, but also - for us as cultural institutions - fear of remaining closed in the long term and losing value.

As a result of the Corona lockdown in spring 2020, the Rüschhaus also had to close its doors to visitors. With the help of the NEUSTART project of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the support of the LWL Cultural Foundation, we were able to produce the Friendly Objects. These literary videos give you insights, sights and close-ups of some of our favorite exhibits in digital space.

Literary Videos: Friendly Objects

Hausaltar Haus Rüschhaus © Philipp Wachowitz und Alina Schäfer
Herd Haus Rüschhaus © Philipp Wachowitz und Alina Schäfer
Kutsche Familie Droste zu Hülshoff © Philipp Wachowitz und Alina Schäfer
Drostes Schreibtisch © Philipp Wachowitz und Alina Schäfer

Four films lead us through the Rüschhaus and to four objects in it. In the films, members of the guest tour team introduce these objects. Then we see the exhibits in close-up. In addition, authors read texts that they have written especially for these objects.
The focus is on four Friends Objects, which were used in very different ways by the residents of the house. Like all objects, they are ambivalent in themselves.
Do they, like Drostes' desk or the fold-out house altar, stand for the solitude of the writers and prayers - or for the connection to the world (on this side as well as on the other)?
Are they, like the carriage, a cell of intimacy, of shared (and elite) travel - or of exposure to one another?
Do we come together at them, as in the case of the hearth, to warm ourselves (by fire and stories), or do we only move closer to each other because of the cold around it?
It is about nothing less than grasping the coexistence of these objects with people.

Friendly Objects: The Carriage

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Information about the object from our tour guide Stephan Biermann, the literary text comes from and is read in by the author Daniela Dröscher.

Friendly Object: The Oven

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Information about the object from our guide Dieter Potente, the literary text comes from and is read in by the author Hendrik Otremba.

Friendly Object: The Altar

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Information about the object from our guide Marie-Theres Brands-Schwabe, the literary text comes from and is read in by the author Sabrina Janesch.

Friendly Object: The Desk

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Information about the object from our guide Sonja Lesniak, the literary text comes from and is read by the author Maria Milisavljevic.

Keines Menschen eigen

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In Keines Menschen eigen the collective TanzPoeten mixes dance and literature and this time explores Burg Hülshoff: the official, representative museum spaces as well as remote corners, the park, barns.
But in dance it doesn't matter what the spaces already are, but what they can become for us. In the movement we realize: The stately garden hall and the sandy outer bailey are on a par with each other.
The film also otherwise focuses on the question of equality: in Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's life, in the everyday culture of the castle yesterday and today (but also tomorrow) - and not least in art. For doesn't emancipation sound very different in poetry than in tangible political disputes? Isn't the view of each other always already different?

by and with:
TanzPoeten (ProArtiSt Münster)
Dean Ruddockl (sound/text collage)
Nelly Köster (dance direction/scenography)
Bettina Henningsen: direction/dramaturgy
Philipp Wachowiak: camera/editing
Dancers: Claudia Iglesias Ungo, Solomon Quaynoo


Produktion der Videos, Kamera, Schnitt: Alina Schäfer & Philipp Wachowitz

Die Wiedereröffnung des Droste-Museums und die digitalen Formate werden gefördert im Programm NEUSTART der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien sowie durch die LWL-Kulturstiftung.