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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  • Specially designed building established by the large grey concrete walls and thick iron doors adds to the oppressive atmosphere of the paintings of Felix Nussbaum. The exhibition ' Dance Macabre ' was horrifying and voted bleak, but fits perfectly in this building. In addition it was the Anne Frank exhibition (over the van Pels family from Osnabrück, which is also in the diary of Anne for is because they stayed some time in the secret annex) an informative refreshment. All in all not suitable for small children or delicate souls.
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  • The combination museum design and art is impressive. And the contribution of the museum entourage on the total experience is at least 50%. Very special so
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  • 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 »
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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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  • To recommend!
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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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