Palaces and Gardens in Herrenhausen
The Spanish painter Pablo Picasso once said: "Give me a museum and I'll fill it". Under the supervision of museum director Prof. Thomas Schwark, the staff of the Historical Museum Hannover and designers from museum design agency "hg merz architekten museumsgestalter" adopted this statement as their commitment in putting this opening exhibition together. It shows why Herrenhausen has what is unquestionably one of Europe's finest and most beautiful Baroque gardens and how it developed. At the same time the exhibition answers the questions as to why an English-style landscaped garden came into being literally right next door, and why the Berggarten botanical gardens with their wealth of exotic plant life became known throughout Europe. It also presents the key protagonists of that splendid era, including illustrious personalities such as Duke Johann Friedrich, Electress Sophie of Hannover, Elector Ernst August and, of course, the universal scholar and polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
The House of Hannover
However, the master gardeners - in many cases caring for and stewarding the gardens from generation to generation - are also featured. Their histories merge to help form the unique success story of the Duchy of Braunschweig (Brunswick)-Lüneburg with Hannover as its centre, which was elevated to the status of Electorate in 1698. The House of Hannover was given the crown of England in 1714, and Hannover became a kingdom one hundred years later.
How did this powerful Guelph state come into being? What roles did the spheres of business, politics and culture play, and what significance did the thinking of universal scholar Leibniz have?
More than 500 exhibits
Visitors to the Herrenhausen Palace Museum can discover the answers and a lot more among over 500 valuable exhibits and paintings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries - and transpose themselves into the enthralling world of Baroque court life. The precious objects and documents from Hannover's great history are served up as if on a long festive table. In a "Chamber of Art and Wonders" visitors can admire unexpected exhibits which document the light and shadows of that era in which the House of Guelph gained such power and influence. The most beautiful exhibit is and remains the fascinating Great Garden which Electress Sophie so dearly loved - and will possibly be seen in a new light after the visit to the museum.