Shamans of Siberia — Exhibition in Stuttgart

 The Linden-Museum Stuttgart is presenting in cooperation with the Russian Museum of Ethnography (Saint Petersburg) the exhibition Shamans of Siberia. This exhibition highlights the ancient belief systems of Siberian peoples to deal with the world beyond.

 

Shaman Feder Poligus and his helper spirits. Evenks. Yenisei Province. 1907/1908.

(Copyright: The Russian Museum of Ethnography St. Petersburg
Photo: I. Sacharov / A. Dreyer)

Siberia is known as a land of diverse climates and extraordinary landscapes. Its widely unknown wilderness and the fascinating cultures of its indigenous peoples have always attracted researchers and visitors to learn more about that part of the world. This exhibition highlights the ancient belief systems of Siberian peoples to deal with the world beyond.In their view, spirits choose humans to become shamans to act in altered states of mind as intermediaries between the spirit realm and the human world in times of anxiety and crisis.

 Yakut women at the milkprocessing, early 20th century.

(Copyright: The Russian Museum of Ethnography St. Petersburg
Photo: I. Sacharov / A. Dreyer)
 

   

The exhibition relates to individual shamans who had lived around the turn to the 20th century. Their costumes and their regalia, such as their drums, are shown. Their songs and practices are depicted in special multimedia installations. Furthermore, contemporary artists show their works that deal with shamanic ideas and motifs.

In this unique exhibition the Linden-Museum Stuttgart and Russian Museum of Ethnography in Saint Petersburg presents more than 200 of the most outstanding objects worldwide on this theme for the first time in Germany. It sheds light into the fruitful international cooperation between both institutions.

 

Sewing box, Yakutia, early 20th century

(Photo: A. Dreyer, Linden-Museum Stuttgart) 

 

A special program will complement the exhibition with music and dance performances by artists from Siberia, film events, workshops, and lectures. A special children’s program will be arranged to stir up interest among younger visitors for these widely unknown and exciting worlds of Siberia.

 

 

An exhibition catalogue in German is available.

Entrance fee: EUR 7,-/5,-
English audioguide: + EUR 1,-

gallery of the exhibition

 

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