About the exhibition
The history of the Normans continues to astonish and surprise to the present day: starting out as highly mobile warriors, mercenaries or minor aristocracy, Normans became powerful princes and rulers who left their traces all over Europe and beyond. Their history is a story of interconnectedness, which influenced in a long-lasting way the cultural and political development of Europe and the Mediterranean.
For the first time in such a comprehensive fashion, the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen and their partners will dedicate an exciting exhibition project under German-French aegis to the “men from the North”. In a presentation with around 300 outstanding exhibition-pieces from more than 10 countries, the exhibition tells a multifaceted story and ties together different and highly fascinating threads of a history spanning the eighth tothirteenth centuries. Precious works of art encounter other treasures, weapons and manuscripts coming from North-, East- and West-Europe as well as the Mediterranean. These exhibits are complemented by the latest digital reconstructions which provide innovative ways of displaying and transferring knowledge.
Discover the secrets of the Normans’ success, as well as when and why these techniques failed them. Embark on an adventurous journey from Scandinavia across Europe to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
The exhibition is developed and presented together with the “Réunion des Musées Metropolitains” in Rouen and connected to a co-project realised by the Musée de Normandie in Caen.
From 15 October 2020 to 17 October 2020 the conference “Norman Connections” took place in Mannheim. It not only represented an important contribution to European research on the Normans, the results of which will be published at the beginning of the year 2022, but it is also connected to the preparations of a major special exhibition prepared by the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, into which the research results will be incorporated.
The Normans Exhibition – Zeughaus Museum
Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Museum Zeughaus, C5 68159 Mannheim, Germany
September 18, 2022
February 26, 2023
+49 (0)621 – 293 37 71
18. September 2022 – 26. February 2023 Tue – Sun 11.00 – 18.00 Closed on mondays, 24 December and 31 December