The MMBM shows temporary exhibitions in the front section. These exhibitions fit in with the overall concept by bringing especially important works out of the treasures of the museum's collection into focus.
Butterflies and passion
Maria Sibylla Merian's life work
The current temporary exhibition is devoted to the naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) whose 300th death anniversary is this coming January. Four of her works from the valuable collection form the core of the exhibition.
The public learns about the family of artists in which Maria Sibylla grew up, experiences her growing enthusiasm for caterpillars and butterflies, accompanies her on her adventurous expedition to South America and comes to know the importance of this fascinating woman in biographies, nomenclature and literary works. And who wouldn't have wanted to look over Ms. Merian's shoulder while she worked? In the centre of the exhibition, a work table provides insights into her creative work.
For the youngest guests, there is an electronic memory with images from Merian's work available.
The purpose of the present catalogue is to document the history behind the historical books and to keep them alive beyond the exhibition.