Fontanes Manuskript zu Die Witwe von Bow-Church
Fontane: Die Witwe von Bow-Church © Theodor-Fontane-Archiv

Pictures and Stories

An exhibition of the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History in Potsdam.

Anyone traveling through Brandenburg today will notice that Fontane is virtually everywhere. In his »Wanderings through the March of Brandenburg«, he composed an image of Brandenburg from his encounters with people; his impressions of Brandenburg’s landscape, visits to cultural monuments and art collections; excerpts from memoirs, anecdotes, legends, church records, and aristocratic chronicles. This image of Fontane’s Brandenburg shapes Brandenburg to this day.
Just as his readers have done over the years, the exhibition follows Fontane the explorer and asks: How did Fontane prepare for his journeys; how did he travel (rarely by foot.)? Who provided him with information and accompanied him, what did he see and read, and with whom did he speak?
The answers to these questions provide the guests insight into Fontane’s »writing workshop« and illustrate how he collected his material, arranged it effectively in his texts, and reworked it time and again for almost four decades. This is the way in which Fontane becomes accessible to his readership: as a traveler, a story collector and arranger, a narrator, and textual craftsman busy at work on his »awakening of love for the whole« of the March of Brandenburg.

Curator of the exhibition is the literary scholar and freelance curator Dr. Christiane Barz.

An accompanying book will be published by the Verlag Berlin-Brandenburg in June 2019, 28 Euro, ISBN: 978-3-947215-53-9


The exhibition is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung der Länder, with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburgby the Rudolf-August Oetker Foundation, by the Friede Springer Foundation, by the Foundation of the Prussian Sea Treatment and by the Friends of the Brandenburg-Prussian Museum. The exhibition is a project within the theme year Kulturland Brandenburg 2019 »fontane.200 / Spuren«.

The House of Brandenburg-Prussian History

The »Kutschstall« (Am Neuen Markt 9), built in 1790, is the only building, also in the interior, that was originally preserved from the ensemble of the former Royal Palace in Potsdam’s historical center. Since 2002 it houses the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History. It is an exhibition house, event forum and place of learning to convey Brandenburg’s history from the beginning to the present day. The range of topics of the house includes the political history, the social and economic history of Brandenburg-Prussia as well as its art and cultural history in all its facets. The HBPG realizes its own scientific research projects, exhibitions, events and cooperation projects with museums and research institutions in Brandenburg, Potsdam and Berlin. It is a division of the Brandenburg Society for Culture and History non-profit GmbH.

On Display
»fontane.200/Brandenburg – Bilder und Geschichten«

June 7 till December 30, 2019

Information and Visitor’s Service

Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte
Kutschstall | Am Neuen Markt 9
14467 Potsdam
T. +49 (0)331/ 620 85 50

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Travel Directions

By train:
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof, by foot 15 minutes

By bus or tram:
Station »Alter Markt/Landtag«
Tram 91, 92, 93, 96
Bus 603, 605, 695

By car:
Highway A2, A10, A115

Barrier-free access and accessible content for all visitors

The museum is wheelchair-accessible.