Plakat der Ausstellung 'Lebensader: Rhein im Wandel'.

Over three years, 38 museums from France, Germany and Switzerland developed exhibitions on the Rhine in the Museums Network.

The project is the largest Rhine project since Johann Gottfried Tulla (1770-1828) and his Rhine regulation and correction of 1817. The exhibition “Lebensader: Rheim im Wandel” (Lifeline: The Rhine in Transition) highlights the local and regional importance of the Rhine.

The Rhine was once a branching stream with sandbanks and reed beds. Industrialisation, Rhine harbours and its development into a central traffic route have changed the river.

Peter Birmann (1758-1844), the Rhine near the Isteiner Klotz, (19th century) Kunstmuseum Basel

For many, however, the Rhine remained a romantic place of longing, as Rhine motifs from the municipal art collection show. The Rhine has always been an ambivalent habitat: it is threatened by man and is considered a threat.

Neuenburg am Rhein (Germany), 2023

Flood protection, species protection, microplastics, pollution and climate change, are significant issues of the 21st century. The exhibition focuses on problems, challenges, and environmental protection projects in Weil am Rhein and the region.