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Museums are Opening Again

Forchheim: Mauerscheißer.
Forchheim: Mauerscheißer. Image © Kerstin Himmler

Since 28 May 2021, Nuremberg’s museums are welcoming visitors again. Many special exhibitions were prepared during the long, six-month closure period, and others have been waiting months for their opening.

The exhibition “Tempo, Tempo – Bayern in the 1920s” in the Industriekultur Museum should have started on 25 March and will now last until 10 October. The show, developed by the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, takes a close look at significant protagonists, events and facets of the “Roaring Twenties”.

Grammophon zum Mitnehmen, die Schallplattenrevolution der 20er Jahre.

Grammophon zum Mitnehmen, die Schallplattenrevolution der 20er Jahre. Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, Museum Industriekultur; Foto: Rudi Ott

In addition to historical posters and paintings, all kinds of technical achievements, such as early electric household appliances, are on display. Video installations include historical film footage of a dancing Josephine Baker, with an original Charleston dress depicting the typical fashion of the era.

If you want to understand more about the Franconian character, what better way than finding out what names they call their neighbours. The exhibition “Von Hundefressern und Zwiebeltretern (From Dog eaters and Onion Kickers). What Franconians call their neighbours and why” planned since April at the Tucherschloss Museum, can be visited until 28 June. It illustrates the impressive Franconian creativity when it comes to giving nasty nicknames to their neighbours. Kahlfresser, Mauerscheißer, Wasserpolacken… with a sharp-tongued pen, author Martin Droschke analysed the stories behind such local insults and artist Kerstin Himmler visually paraphrased his words with collages.

Nürnberg: Kahlfresser.

Nürnberg: Kahlfresser. Image © Kerstin Himmler

The exhibition “War and Peace. Photographs by Evgeny Khaldey“, which should have started on 23 April in Cube 600 of the Memoriums Nürnberger Prozesse, was also not yet open to the public. It is now extended until 3 October. The Soviet photographer Evgeny Khaldey (1917-1997) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. His pictures illustrate the horror of the Second World War but also bear witness to hope and reconstruction in the post-war period when he photographed the destroyed city of Nuremberg and the Nuremberg Trials.

Freshly opened since 28 May 2021 is the interim exhibition “Nuremberg – Site of the Nazi Party Rallies. Staging, Experience and Violence” at the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände (Doku-Zentrum), which replaces the previous permanent exhibition during the renovation that will take several years. The temporary exhibition tells the story of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds from its inception to the present day, especially from a local history perspective. Extraordinary objects, several photographs by private individuals and impressive biographies open up new perspectives on the subject.

Permanent exhibitions expanded

Some museums have expanded their permanent exhibitions: new in the Fembo House City Museum is an exhibition of thimbles from the collection of Irmgard Edle von Traitteur. The extensive collection illustrates the Nuremberg thimble makers trade, who were market leaders for centuries from around 1530 onwards due to their quick and inexpensive production methods. This simple working tool exists in a surprisingly wide variety of designs and connects all cultures globally. The selection of objects includes secret messages, crowned heads, the first Atlantic cable and even fingernails of the Chinese upper class.

On the occasion of Dürer’s 550th birthday on 21 May 2021, the Graphic Cabinet of the Albrecht Dürer House was expanded to include the permanent presence of some of the master’s original prints. “Original Dürer!” shows copperplate engravings and woodcuts by Dürer, roughly alternating in a four-month cycle. The first round of six originals is on the theme of “Architecture and Landscape in Albrecht Dürer’s Engravings”.

In addition, etchings and drawings by the art historian and art educator Prof. Hermann Leber have been on display in two workshop rooms of the Dürer House. This “Homage to Albrecht Dürer” illustrates the great impact of his work right up to the art of the present day.

Further offers and upcoming events (in English) can always be found on the museums’ website at:
https://museums.nuernberg.de/nuremberg-municipal-museums/

Prior online booking

At present, with an incidence level between 100 and 50, visiting museums is only permitted after prior online booking of a timeslot. The rule does not apply if the incidence value falls consistently below 50. The currently valid Corona protection measures must always be observed on site. Further information on this and the possibility of booking is available at:
https://museums.nuernberg.de/visitor-information/museums-open-again/

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