September 10, 2021 - January 9, 2022

September 12, 2021 - October 9, 2022

900 years of the Premonstratensian order. A traveling exhibition on church history in the Archdiocese of Paderborn

An exhibition on the Premonstratensian Order will be held in the Magdeburg Museum from September 2021 to 7 January 2022.

The museum is close to the Dome and the Catholic Cathedral St. Sebastian, 7 minutes on foot to the Kloster “Unser Lieben Frauen”,
parallelly the original grave chamber of St. Norbert can be visited in the Kunstmuseum “Kloster Unser Leiben Frauen”, located in the original monastery.

In the anniversary year 2021, the Archdiocese of Paderborn would like to commemorate the work of the Premonstratensian order with a touring exhibition on church history. Back to the roots, the reflection on a simple life, which at the same time should be at the service of the community – today these values inspire, to which the community of the Premonstratensians committed itself 900 years ago.

Even today one can discover ten former monasteries and churches of Premonstratensians in the Archdiocese of Paderborn. The exhibition aims to trace this history and the importance of the “Norbertines” from their beginnings to the present.

At the sites of the former work of the Premonstratensians, the exhibition will not only present multimedia knowledge transfer but also selected testimonies, exhibits from museums, archives and private collections, which can be presented to the public for the first time in this context.

In the Diocesan Museum you can
see important art treasures, precious works of goldsmithing and medieval Bible manuscripts In 1120, Norbert von Xanten began building a monastery in the secluded Prémontré (Latin: Praemonstratum) valley in north-eastern France. In the following year he was able to found a small community there with a group of companions, which was to be named Premonstratensian from the place. Following the rule of St. Augustine, they lived as canons facing the world and therefore performed tasks “in the world”, especially in pastoral care in the country.

The largest order of canons in the Catholic Church grew over the centuries from the community of a few who strived for a life according to the ideal of the early Christian community in unity and lack of property. The first branch was established in Germany as early as 1122: in Cappenberg in the Münsterland.

A century later there were 600 Premonstratensian pens all over Europe, from Ireland to Hungary, from Spain to Sweden. The wider significance of the Premonstratensians, for example the role in science and education or the shaping of cultural landscapes as well as their innovations in the economy are highlighted, as well as the building of churches and the spiritual foundations of the reform order.

Exhibits relating to the individual former convents are intended to illustrate these focal points with the history of the respective branches for visitors.