400 years after the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War (1618), 370 years after the Peace of Westphalia (1648) and 100 years after the Treaty of Versailles (1919), the exhibition “Peace. From Antiquity to the Present Day” addresses the question of why people of every era have wanted peace but never been able to preserve it in the long term. Peace means more than merely renouncing the use of force: it carries with it the hope of harmony, friendship, love, happiness, prosperity and justice.
In Münster, the city where the Peace of Westphalia was concluded, this exhibition is being presented by five institutions – the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, the Archäologisches Museum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (WWU), the Diocese of Münster and the Stadtmuseum Münster – in a unique collaborative project. It was developed on an interdisciplinary basis in co-operation with the WWU Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.
Exhibition in Münster: 28 April to 2 September 2018
Under the patronage of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the context of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018.