Opening of the 14th and 15th century rooms
The first rooms in the permanent collection displays on the ground floor are reconfigured in order to present the museum’s medieval works, representing the art of the 14th and 15th centuries (altarpieces, panel paintings, sculptures, stained glass and objets d’art).
Most of them have never been displayed, others have been restored for the reopening. If you have never seen the Altarpiece of the Passion painted by Caspar Isenmann in 1465 for the collegiate church of Saint-Martin in Colmar, then a trip is highly recommended.
You will be able to admire the way the artist, with his gift for narrative, sketched and caricatured his painted figures. And you will also gain a first-hand insight into the process of commissioning the work, thanks to the text informing the painter of the requirements of the church’s canons, stating how much he would be paid and the time available for him to produce the work.
New mediation space
L’Atelier is a new mediation space entirely dedicated to the Issenheim Altarpiece, located in the tribune of the Chapel.
Conceived as a «do-it-yourself» space, a place where visitors’ thoughts and creations are solicited, L’Atelier invites you to take possession of the Issenheim Altarpiece through a set of tools created in collaboration with a contemporary artist.
Like a laboratory in perpetual evolution, each season L’Atelier invites an artist to engage in a co-creative dialogue around the Altarpiece.
For this season #1, Juliette Steiner, director, visual artist and actor, has accompanied the production of 4 tools that offer you the opportunity to grasp the Issenheim Altarpiece through theatre, emotions, drawing and words.
With others or alone, create with the Issenheim Altarpiece by inventing your comic book character, drawing his adventures, and becoming a «saint» for a few minutes !