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The Sword

Form and Thought

26. SEP 2015 - 28. FEB 2016

The exhibition „The Sword – Form and Thought“ is dedicated to the European sword, and its history from the High Middle Ages to Early Modern times: as a tool of war and a symbol for the knightly virtues, as the preferred weapon of the art of fencing and insignia of authority, as a product of technological perfection and precious piece of jewellery.

The physical form of a sword is not only a result of its practical function, but also tells us about the world of ideas of its makers and users. The principles of construction and geometrical systems behind medieval swords are foremost examples how „Form and Thought“ become one.

The art of fencing is one of the exhibition's main topics. The Klingenmuseum owns a collection of centuries-old fencing manuals, which are put on display for the first time, accompanied by the weapons used in the books. The exhibition shows not only pieces of the Klingenmuseum's collection, but also loans from museums and private collectors from Germany, the Netherlands, and the USA.

A part of the exhibition presents modern takes on the art of swordmaking: Five makers of international renown (Petr Florianek, Peter Johnsson, Jake Powning, and the duo Duo Ralf Hoffmann and Sabine Piper) will present their very own interpretations of the sword.


Trade show for replicas and modern “one of a kind” swords

26. SEP 2015 | 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: 10 Euro, 5 Euro red.

Workshop "Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)"

10. | 11. OKT 2015
Information and registration: hema.solingen@gmail.com
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Charge: one day 70 € | both days 130 €

International conference „The Sword – Form and Thought“

19. | 20. NOV 2015
Information and registration: SwordConference@posteo.de
University of Freiburg Swordconference
Charge: 50 Euro incl. beverages
You can see the programme of the conference here


Friday | 25. Sep | 6.30 p.m.
You and your guest are warmly invited to the opening of the exhibition.


Norbert Feith
Lord Mayor Solingen

Anne Henk-Hollstein
Deputy Chairperson of Landschaftsversammlung Rheinland

Franz Haug
on behalf of the patrons:
Freunde des Deutschen Klingenmuseums
Stadt-Sparkasse Solingen
Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland
Stiftung Klingenmuseum

Dr. Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers
Director Deutsches Klingenmuseum

Peter Johnsson, Uppsala
The Sword: Geometry and Dynamics


Grotkamp-Schepers, Barbara; Immel, Isabell; Johnsson, Peter; Wetzler, Sixt, The Sword - Form and Thought, (on the occasion of the same named special exhibition in the Deutschen Klingenmuseum from the 26th of SEP 2015 till the 28th of FEB 2016), Solingen 2015, 192 pages, numerous pictures.
49,-€ excl. Shipping Costs

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