A tour through our museum

Three rooms show a ramble through the history of contraception from the ancient Egyptians to the methods of tomorrow, woman and man.

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20 contraceptive pills, individually welded with an instruction manual. Collected …

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The Mark of Quality / S. Seymour

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The fertile Easter bunny

“The rabbit was a symbol of fertility – accordingly, it was also imputed with the legend of laying Easter eggs – and this was the reason for the choice of name.” Probably our object is a votive offering seeking, or seeking to avoid, being blessed with (too many) children, but we can only speculate.

The silver lining of a difficult time

The average European household is home to around 10,000 objects; one actually means to have a clear-out, but never gets around to doing it. This has changed “thanks to” the coronavirus. During the lockdowns, quarantine and periods of working from home, many people decluttered their homes and came across various things that were too good to throw away. Lucky for us, because our museum has gained a total of eleven new objects as a result, two of which we would like to introduce to you today.

G for Gräfenberg – A rocky road to success

Since our topic is the “most pleasurable activity in the world”, as some say, and we therefore don’t always want to be deadly serious, we will entertain you today with a special piece from our collection: the cup depicted is 7 centimetres high and has “Gräfenberg” written on it. Only obstinate realists suspect a connection to the 4000-inhabitant village of Gräfenberg in Bavaria, first mentioned in records in 1172.

Paula Rego: Pictures for a woman's right to autonomy

One of the best-known activists in the fight for the legalisation of abortion in Portugal was the Portuguese-British painter Paula Figueiroa Rego (*1935). In 1998, she created a series called Untitled, which was later given the additional title The Abortion Pastels.