World Cultural Heritage in Germany
Exhibition of photographs by Hans-J. Aubert
The exhibition “World Heritage in Germany”, which opens on 28 February in the Federal Foreign Office, showcases the beauty and variety of Germany’s World Cultural Heritage Sites. It commemorates the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
“The exhibition takes you on a tour of our country’s World Heritage Sites,” writes Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in his introduction to the exhibition, which is designed to provide visitors with an overview of Germany’s 36 World Cultural Heritage Sites.
Paderborn University has developed a programme that uses suitcases to present Germany’s World Heritage Sites in a miniature format.
In addition to Hans-J. Aubert’s photographs and an installation dealing with Germany’s beech forests, there are suitcases on display, which were designed by Paderborn University to showcase Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cologne’s Cathedral or Trier’s Roman thermal baths, for instance. Satellite images provided by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) make the various Cultural Heritage Sites visible as “fingerprints” of human life on earth.
The exhibition will be open to the public in the atrium of the Federal Foreign Office weekdays from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. from 28 February to 13 April 2012.
The World Heritage Convention, adopted in 1972, is UNESCO’s most successful and most visible programme. So far, 188 countries have signed the Convention. It is seen as the most important international instrument ever adopted by the community of nations to protect its cultural heritage. In November of last year, Germany, an important UNESCO partner, was elected to serve on the key body, the World Heritage Committee, for four years.
- Speech by Minister of State Cornelia Pieper for the opening of the exhibition “World Heritage in Germany – a change of perspective” in the atrium of the Federal Foreign Office
Last updated 27.02.2012