Special Exhibition - Black is Beautiful. Greek Black Gloss Pottery

28.03.2021 - 31.10.2021

OPEN AGAIN! You can always find all information about the hygiene measures to be observed as well as about the possibilities of an incidence-dependent necessary pre-registration at → www.schloesser.bayern.de.

Greek ceramics usually stand for figure-rich painting with images from myth and everyday life in antiquity. The special exhibition "Black is Beautiful. Glossy Greek Ceramics" draws visitors' attention to the simple elegance of purely black-painted Greek clay vessels. Only a few coloured accents distract from the elegant contours and shiny surfaces. This restriction opens up new insights into Greek ceramics and our own aesthetic perception of form.

The Pompejanum Aschaffenburg

There is a building on the upper bank of the River Main in Aschaffenburg, not far from the Johannisburg Palace, that stands out in its surroundings due to its Mediterranean-looking and eye-catching, yet at the same time quite simple, architecture. The Pompejanum is the replica of a Roman villa, as we know them from the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum near Mount Vesuvius.

The rooms in the house are situated around a central atrium, an open inner courtyard. In addition to the bedrooms and the dining room on the ground floor there are also an imposing reception room, the kitchen, a toilet and numerous rooms for the staff, which generally consisted of slaves. On the upper floor were the living rooms and bedrooms of the family that owned the villa.

The Pompejanum was built by order of Ludwig I between 1840 and 1850 modelled on the Casa dei Dioscuri in Pompeii. It was restored following the damage during the 2nd World War and opened to the public in 1994.

The ancient works of art exhibited here on a permanent basis originate for the most part from the State Collections of Antiquities and the Glyptothek in Munich, which co-oversee the Pompejanum as a branch museum. Since 2009 the Collections of Antiquities and the Glyptothek have also presented special exhibitions that change every year.

History − The "Pompeiian Villa"

Highly impressed with the excavations in Pompeii, King Ludwig I had the Pompejanum built by the Munich architect Friedrich von Gärtner between 1843-1850, modelled on the house of the Dioskouri. As an example of a Roman villa on German soil, the Pompejanum provided a concrete representation of what a Roman villa looked like and how life was lived in the villa.

Visitor information

Opening hours

until October 4, 2020
daily except Monday 09.00 to 18.00

from October 5 to October 31, 2020
daily except Monday 10.00 to 16.00

Closed from November 2020 to March 2021

Admission Tickets

€ 6,- standard rate
€ 5,- reduced rate
Children and teenager below 18 free

For planning your visit please pay attention to the information on the → website of Bavarian Administration of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes.


Pompejanumstraße 5
63739 Aschaffenburg | Map

Telephone 06021 / 218012

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Aschaffenburg
Schlossplatz 4
63739 Aschaffenburg

Telephone 06021/386570