Johannes Schilling and Mittweida

(see Schilling-Courier 2001)


Johnnes Schilling’s birth in Rochlitzer St.


He was granted the honorary citizenship of Mittweida.


The members of the town council congratulate him on his 70th birthday. A street is being named after him.


He is commissioned to design the fountain planned on the market square.


Joh. Schilling’s sons gave more than a hundred original plaster models and the greater part of his study to Mittweida in order to have a Schilling Museum established in Mittweida. This Schilling estate represents 50 years of the artist’s work. The jar, created by Joh. Schilling in 1849 is one of his earliest pieces of work. His design of the fountain on the market square in Mittweida, dating from 1905, was one of his latest works of art.


Two rooms were provided in the town hall in the New Town district: the Schilling Museum of Mittweida. Due to the Great War, however, the museum, planned and established by Director Dr. Roch of Bautzen, was not opened.


Since the town council was in need for new offices, they started looking for suitable rooms for the extensive collection.


The original plaster models were brought to the secondary school on the shore of Swan Lake – into the basement.


The town fathers planned to build an annex to the secondary school either in 1928 or in 1929, including better and more suitable rooms for the Schilling Museum. In the spring of 1928, however, parts of the furniture of Schilling’s study had already begun to warp and to rot and the plaster models were in a miserable condition.


The Society of Ethnology and Local History had the artist’s estate taken to the Museum of Local History on Church Hill. The honorary director of the museum, Bohne, proudly wrote: “At this time our museum consisted of three rooms only, nevertheless I was able to show our latest acquisition to the people of Mittweida.”

The 1970s

Until the seventies Schilling’s estate was stored in the museum on Church Hill. In the mid-seventies the Museum Committee was commissioned to refurbish the museum. On the occasion of a trade fair of future master craftsmen Pestalozzi School students were made familiar with the collection.

An extensive inventory of the contents of the Mittweida Museum was unfortunately not made before the middle of the seventies (20th century). By this time the Schilling estate was already considerably damaged.

1995 to 1999

The Schilling estate had to leave Church Hill. It was temporarily stored in the house of the Sattler family.

The Unveiling of the Plaque at Schilling’s Birthplace

Johannes Schillings Geburtshaus

March 23rd 2001, the 91st anniversary of their famous honorary citizen, the sculptor Johannes Schilling, was a happy day in Mittweida, the county town in Saxony. At noon the chairman of the Schilling Association, Helmuth Baron von Schilling, pulled the string to unveil the recently restored plaque at Schilling’s birthplace.

In his speech Bruno Kny, mayor at the time, acknowledged the artist’s merits, mentioning the fact that he had always been faithful to his native town though he had only spent two years of his life there.

On the occasion of a family reunion in Mittweida on 4 June 2005, the Johannes Schilling Museum was first opened to the public. See pictures in that year’s Schilling-Courier.








Die Gedenktafel für Johannes Schilling in Mittweida

Plaque in memory of Johannes Schilling, at his birthplace in Mittweida.


Since the unveiling of the plaque, the „Old Parsonages“ Museum shows a special exhibition of Schilling’s life and work. On the occasion of the opening Baron von Schilling handed over important documents from Johannes’ life, taken from the family archives, as permanent loans. Among them the certificate of Honorary Citizenship, a portrait of 29-year-old Johannes, painted by Julius Grüder, patent certificates, pictures and sketches. The chairman said: “We join together those things which belong together.” Furthermore he handed over a cheque for 1000 D-Mark. The money was destined for the restoration of the damaged busts.

Übergabe der Dauerleihgaben

Handing over the permanent loans
left to right: Bruno Kny, mayor of Mittweida at the time, Heiko Weber, director of the museum, Johannes Schilling’s great granddaughter Ina Schilling-Nickel and the chairman of the Schilling Association, Helmuth Baron von Schilling