BICYCLES. The Universal Joy of Cycling
Schloss Hollenburg bei Krems
– 17 September 2017
Why do we fall in love with bicycles? The exhibition “Bicycles” has many answers to this question, and simultaneously makes a declaration of love to the two-wheeled vehicle. Marking the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, Schloss Hollenburg uses an unusual exhibition design to present the bike at its best and most entertaining side.
At the heart of the exhibition is the archive of the Palmeri Collection, a collection of studio, private and press photographs that has documented the history of the bicycle for almost 150 years. The development of the cycling experience is characterised by oddities and rare exhibits, such as the first “nav” for cyclists from 1896, Coca wine and even a dog whip. A collection of wheels tells the long history of this mode of transportation from the middle of the 19th century to the present. Visitors can also take a look at Elvis Presley’s bicycle from 1948, Thomas Bernhard’s Steyr “Waffenrad” and a wheel that belonged to the racing legend Hugo Koblet. All the exhibition areas highlight the multiple advantages of cycling. Large format photos and film excerpts tell passionate stories of happy moments in the saddle.
The exhibition is a pilot project, organised by the World Bureau / Association for the Promotion and Preservation of Cultural Objects and will be continued as a travelling exhibition in Austria and other countries in the future.
Hollenburg Castle is located directly on the Eurovelo cycle path 6. If you want to go to the exhibition by bike, you will be able to enjoy the idyllic view of the south-eastern edge of the Wachau Valley along the way.