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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  • visit this museum is a must when traveling to Osnabrück... in the can imagine the suffering of Félix Nussbaum and how passed it through his works...
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  • Felix Nussbaum Haus – “A museum without Exit”by architect Daniel Libeskind. The Art museum is dedicated to the life and works of the German-Juwish Surrealist, killed at Auschwitz. Very interesting and...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Nice architecture of the new building.
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  • Totally improper construction of the Museum. Here, celebrating is an architect and thought not at all on the determination. There was a contest for this museum - but it took (I think the 3rd Prize (?)) not that what you wrote. Actually a scandal!
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  • Very beautiful exhibition of paintings of Felix Nussbaum. Staff very nice and extremely knowledgeable. The images from the NS encourage time to think through their style of painting.
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  • Both museums are always worth a visit!
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