Mindelheimer Museen

Special Exhibition “Up and away! Out of the Allgäu and around the world”
Johann Georg Grimm (1846-1887)

First glimpses of the special exhibition to be held in the Museen im Colleg (Hermelesstr. 4) from 24 June 2022 to 16 October 2022

The Museum in Mindelheim is dedicating a unique exhibition to the art and the eventful life of Johann Georg Grimm, who began as a carpenter in Bühl am Alpsee, then studied painting at the Munich Academy in a period of great hardship, finally ending up in Brazil after a roundabout career. Emperor Pedro recognised Grimm’s outstanding talent and appointed him Professor at the Academy, where a circle of talented young artists gathered around him and he advanced to become one of Brazil’s greatest artists. In the manner of his great models of the Barbizon School, he passed on to his students his enthusiasm for working en plein air, a style of painting suffused with light. This light radiates from his works and illuminates even grey pencil sketches.
Grimm is regarded as the most important painter from the Allgäu region, and this exhibition is a fitting tribute to his significance following a long period of oblivion.

Open Tues. to Sun. 10 a.m.-12.00 and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. or by arrangement

Opening 6 October 2022 - City hall

The current works of the painter, photographer, self-taught artist and surrealist Giovanni Gambasin are extremely detailed cosmoses in miniature format, created using coloured pencils, ink and watercolours on paper. In the play of lines, of deliberately set contrasts of chiaroscuro and delicate colours, evocative organic-like shapes, designs and ornaments unfold in overwhelming density.

The artist constantly remains true to surrealism, to which he has devoted himself for decades, but in a completely new form. He begins his work without prerequisite or programme. Materials, paper and colours suffice. During the creative process, lines and forms take shape and progressively engender meanings, which gradually reveal themselves to the artist until his work is completed. It is left to the observer to enjoy discovering the references and meanings for himself.

Giovanni Gambasin has held exhibitions in numerous cities including Rome, Venice, Padua, Treviso, Milan and Asolo. He has also exhibited in Banja Luka, Bremen, Bellingen, Berlin and London, among other places. He has participated in more than 300 collective exhibitions and painting competitions. In 2021, he was awarded the art prize of the city of Canale Monterano di Roma and the University of Rome.

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Some of our special exhibitions in the past …

Tradition bis Moderne XII

The German Patchwork Guild presents the twelfth round of its juried competition “Tradition to Modern”. This competition for textile work in the form of quilts is held every three years and is characterised by the fact that it imposes very few rules. Free from strict specifications concerning theme, technique or size, members of the Patchwork Guild are invited to implement their own ideas and convey to the public the themes that are most important to them, thereby showcasing their technical abilities.

THREE GENERATIONS OF BÖHM – 100 years of world-class architecture

The architect Dominikus Böhm, born in Jettingen in 1880, who created unique sacred spaces in the wake of the liturgical movement from about 1920 onwards, made a name for himself as a builder of churches. The works of his four sons Stephan, Markus, Peter and Paul demonstrate an immense talent for drawing, combined with the feeling for space, form and light which characterises the work of all the Böhms. Exhibits reflecting the diverse talents which span generations in the fields of sculpture, painting and design paint an accurate picture of the Böhms’ creative work over more than 100 years.


Hilda Sandtner enjoyed international fame as a textile artist. The special exhibitions of her works shown in many countries around the world gave her the opportunity to get to know faraway countries. She recorded her impressions of a country and its people in quick sketches. These formed the basis for her pastels, which she reinterpreted at home, usually on coloured paper.

Filznetzwerk „Ver“kleidung

The goal set by the Filznetzwerk (Felt Network Organisation) is to promote the production of handmade felt. The focus is on craftsmanship and the quality of the end product. Coverings (“Verkleidungen”) protect things and people from impact, environmental influences and prying eyes. The exhibition reveals the wide range of applications for handmade felt, ranging from delicate garments to all kinds of robust, resilient protective coverings.


In 2019, nativity crib enthusiasts in Mindelheim had two reasons to celebrate. This special exhibition of historic nativity scenes from Mindelheim was created to mark the occasion of the anniversaries, 30 years of the Swabian Nativity Museum and 50 years of the Verband bayerischer Krippenfreunde.

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