Felix-Nussbaum-Haus / Kulturgeschichtliches Museum, Osnabruck

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The Felix Nussbaum Haus is a museum in Osnabrück, Germany, which houses the paintings of German-Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum. The building also houses an exhibition space, which focuses on racism and intolerance.OriginsBy the 1980s, the city of Osnabrück, Germany, had begun to embrace Nussbaum as a native son. An exhibition of his major works was organized at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1985. Soon after, the city's Museum of Cultural History set aside two rooms for a permanent exhibition. In 1991, Osnabrück decided to dedicate a museum to one of its natives, Felix Nussbaum, a Jewish painter who died in the Holocaust. In 1996, Daniel Libeskind's proposal, titled "Museum Without Exit," won the competition to design the building, which was completed in 1998. The new museum was inaugurated by Gerhard Schröder, then president of Lower Saxony and later Chancellor of Germany.DesignThe museum consists of three intersecting "volumes." The oak volume houses Nussbaum's prewar art. The second volume, which slices violently through the first, is made from concrete and contains the paintings Nussbaum made while in hiding from the Nazis. Dubbed "Nussbaum Gang," it evokes the cramped quarters in Brussels where Nussbaum painted his last canvasses. The metal volume displays the artist's newly discovered paintings. The interior is labyrinthine and many paths lead to dead ends. The museum's sides face three cities where Nussbaum studied art: Berlin, Rome, and Hamburg. The fourth side faces the concentration camp where he was killed. The galleries house approximately 160 of Nussbaum's paintings.
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  • This Jewish painter from Osnabruck was killed during WWII. His paintings relate to the Holocaust and are somewhat unique. The building is asymmetrical and there are a few other exhibits you can also s...  more »
  • The paintings were very impressive and moving. It was quite an experience to see how the architecture of the building added to the message of the art,  more »
  • The asymmetrical building, the sloping corridors, the quirky exhibition rooms, the strange sounds will probably put you off balance. Nussbaum is not one of the most well known artists, but the story o...  more »
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  • Liebeskind has a creepy claustrophobic museum built around the artist that the Nazis wanted to destroy and do bring into oblivion.
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  • See once is enough.
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  • The relationship of art to space does not match my opinion. The museum itself has a clunky and cold.
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  • The exhibition match Museum - place and items go together.
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