The Karl Hubbuch-Foundation
How is it possible that almost one hundred paintings and drawings of the internationally renowned painter, Karl Hubbuch (1891-1979), came to Gochsheim? – This question may have been asked by many a surprised visitor of the museum of the Graf-Eberstein-Castle. The answer can be found in Kraichtal- Neuenbürg a neighbouring village of Gochsheim, where Hubbuch’s parent’s house still stands. The artist’s widow, Ellen Hubbuch, promted by this rather traditional connection, has established this extraordinary foundation. Today, the probably largest Hubbuch collection under government ownership is situated at Kraichtal. Wolfgang Hartmann has arranged a catalogue with detailed information regarding the Hubbuch Foundation.
Margarethe Krieger, a student of Hubbuch, created some impressive pieces of art, e.g. pen and ink drawings, which are based on biblical and literature and biblical scenes. A number of exponates relating to the life and work of her father, the late theologian and folklorist Dr. Carl Krieger, were donated by the artist.
Cooper and Blacksmith Equipment
If, after visiting the museum, you are interested in knowing more about the history and culture of our town and its surrounding area you can obtain editions of new books at the entrance of the museum. Informative pamphlets are also available free of charge. The cooper and blachsmith workshops, formerly belonging to the families Schroth, Paulus and Abel are placed in the castle yard. The tools pay tribute to these dying trades.
The world-biggest collection of hot irons by Heinrich Sommer
In a worldwide unique exhibition you can fathom the history of ironing in the Castle of Gochsheim. Throughout the past thirty years, Heinrich Sommer, a lawyer from Karlsruhe has collected 1.300 hot irons originating from different countries and eras. The collector’s items, reaching from a small Chinese pan iron to the heavy Pakistan carpet iron can be seen in a representative selection at the Castle.The modern presentation, explained by illustrative texts, makes it easier to walk through the world of ironing.