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About the permanent exhibition
Emperor Maximilian I is considered to be one of the most famous members of the House of Habsburg. His matrimonial policy laid the foundations for the later ascent of the House to the most powerful dynasty in Europe. Fickle fortunes of war were to shape his life as well as the latest technological innovations of the time, which he made perfect use of.
The date of 12 January 2019 marked the 500th anniversary of his death. To commemorate this occasion, Burghauptmannschaft Österreich organised an exhibition from May 25th to October 12th, 2019 in the Imperial Palace Innsbruck, which was entitled: Jubilee Exhibition Maximilian I and the Rise of the Modern Age. It also laid the founding stone for a permanent exhibition, which was installed in the Palace following the great success of the jubilee exhibition. It was inaugurated on November 22nd, 2019 after a short adaptation phase.
Cutting edge multi-media technology was used not only to present the personality of Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), his wives, the life at court, and the events that left a deep impression on him, but also to point out issues of European and global relevance: For instance, the European expeditions to the West and Siegmund von Herberstein’s journeys to the East on behalf of the Emperor are dealt with in this regard. Latest research findings on the architectural history, the political, the religious and the economic context round off the exhibition.
By July 2020, the permanent exhibition was expanded to shed more light on the so-called Mummereien (mummeries), which refer to special costume parties at Maximilian’s court. As of May 2021, the first special exhibition featuring Maximilian I –The Emperor and His Tournaments opened to the public. After the end of the exhibition, it was transferred to the permanent exhibition.
Special guided tours completes the permanent exhibition. Furthermore, it is also possible to book a guided tour with the curator of the exhibition, who will give you an exclusive insight into the exhibition. To learn more about the dates, please go to Guided Tours or take a look at the current programme of Imperial Palace Innsbruck
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The project team organising the exhibition “Maximilian 1 and the Rise of the Modern World” consists of the following members:
Born in 1969, Markus Wimmer studied Economics at the University of Linz. Subsequently, he worked eight years for the Ministry of Economy of the Federal Republic of Austria. He has been deputy head of Burghauptmannschaft Österreich since 2006. As such, he oversees all construction matters, in particular matters with regard to the imperial palaces in Vienna and Innsbruck. Furthermore, he is responsible for the entire accounting of Burghauptmannschaft Österreich.
Assistant Project Manager
Born in 1984 in Vienna, he studied Physics and History, and Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna. Christian Gepp, who writes his doctoral thesis at the Institute of Economic and Social History of the University of Vienna, has worked as a teacher at numerous universities. He joined Burghauptmannschaft Österreich in 2017.
Monika Frenzel studied Art History and Medieval History at the University of Innsbruck. Being a certified Austria Guide she founded a culture association in 1993 and became a teacher for Art History in Tyrol. Having curated a plethora of exhibitions, worked as an author and organised historic events, she is very well-known to a wide public audience.
Born in 1991 in Brexlegg, Stefanie Heim studied Archaeology and History at the University of Innsbruck. She currently writes her doctoral thesis in the field of "Medieval and Modern Archaeology – the Archaeology of the Napoleonic Wars in Tyrol" (since 2016).
Gerhard Veigel has worked as a designer and planner for art exhibitions at Artex Art Services since 1995. In the year 2012, he opened a studio of his own, specialising in museums and exhibition services. As such, he has contributed to the design, planning and implementation of a wide array of exhibition projects in Austria and abroad.
Manfred R. Corrine
Born in 1963 in Vienna, Manfred R. Corrine studied Theater Studies and Journalism at the University of Vienna. Subsequently, he was trained in the film craft and founded the company mrc-film in 1998. He is an internationally recognised author and film-maker of documentaries for diverse channels of television broadcasting, such as ORF, ServusTV, ZDF, WDR, NDR, Arte, BBC, Smithonian Channel und Discovery Channel.