Oberschleißheim – New exhibitions at the Schleissheim Palace – Dachau

In a newly designed exhibition hall, wooden portals from the rococo period are presented. We can also see a portrait of Joseph Effner, architect of Dachau Castle


By Viktoria Grossmann, Oberschleissheim

The new Schleißheim Castle has something new to offer. The two main portals of the new palace, carefully restored, will be exhibited in a new room. These are masterpieces of the important Bavarian rococo sculptor Ignaz Günther (1725-1775). The new Hall 30 presents the model of the historic castle, commissioned by court architect Joseph Effner in 1725 to his client, Elector Max Emanuel. Effner is also the architect of Dachau Castle.

According to Catholic News Agency KNA, the Free State of Bavaria has invested 72,000 euros in the new exhibition hall. It is already accessible to visitors. The two powerful oak gates, nearly four meters high, were, according to the Ministry of the Motherland, completed in 1763, in the center of the elongated courtyard and the garden facade of the New Palace. However, their masterfully carved reliefs were exposed to the weather, which is why the palace administration replaced them with high quality sculptural copies for their protection. The works impress the masterful sculptures of Ignaz Günther with many details, including the unusual depiction of a palace facade with scaffolding and a crane. In its reliefs, the entrance portal combines allegories of painting, sculpture and architecture to a glorification of the lord of the castle and the patron of the Elector Max III. Joseph.

The garden gate gracefully describes baroque gardening and hunting as elements of court life related to the castle. According to the information, the presentation of the portals was an opportunity to rethink the historical model of Schleißheim Palace, nearly six meters long, located in the center of the room. He now deploys a stage effect on an elegant base. And is for the first time for visitors from all sides to watch. The show is complemented by portraits of court architect Joseph Effner and his wife, played by Jacopo Amigoni, creator of Schleißheimer Deckenfresken. According to the ministry, Schlossanlage Schleißheim is one of the largest and most impressive residences of the Wittelsbach family in Bavaria. The Old Palace was built as a ducal mansion in the early 17th century. The buildings of the baroque palace of Elector Max Emanuel, the monumental New Palace and the Lustheim hunting lodge contain one of the most important baroque gardens in Europe. The palace complex is open every day except Mondays from 9h to 18h. Regular general and thematic visits are proposed.