Hittisau Women’s Museum presents changing exhibitions which examine topics from the fields of history, art, architecture, social history, ethnology, craftsmanship, etc. from a female point of view. Attention is paid to switching between or combining regional and international points of view. To accompany the exhibitions, the Women’s Museum offers an extensive supporting programme of individually organised special guided tours, talks, workshops, concerts, readings and film showings.
Exhibition: Sankt Kümmernis, the Crucified Woman with Beard
A rediscovered cult figure
30 March to 20 October 2019
Saint Wilgefortis has been depicted as a crucified woman wearing a long robe and crown since the late Middle Ages. And: she is bearded. Countless depictions of this holy figure exist across the Alps, for example, in the Gnadenkapelle in Rankweil and the Martinskapelle in Bregenz. Several girls were baptised with the name Maria Kümmernis in Kleinwalsertal during the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition examines the 500-year history of the cult of the “Woman on the Cross”, investigates its significance for the people of the time while also examining its current role as a possible representation of a human figure and redemption that is not gender-exclusive.
Guided tours open to the public
Monday 6 p.m. and upon request
Wed 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thu – Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.