Today the Felix Nussbaum Museum and the Osnabrück Cultural and History Museum will open its gates once more after almost one year of extension works. The museum was originally designed by Daniel Libeskind was completed in the summer of 1998, and was his first completed project. The new extension, also designed by Libeskind, creates a joint entrance for both museums and provides the museum complex with a new facade. The event was marked by a press conference and talks by Daniel Libeskind, Lord Mayor Boris Pistorius, City Councilor Rita Maria Rzyski, Inge Jaehner, director of the Felix Nussbaum Museum, and Dr. Eva Berger, director of the Osnabrück Cultural and History Museum.
The extension to the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus provides an entrance hall with a museum shop as well as learning center on the upper floor. Attached to the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum and connected to the FNH by a glass bridge, it transforms the existing buildings into a cohesive complex, with the new extension acting as a gateway. As part of the transformation the lower floor of the KGM has been redesigned to include a flexible lecture hall and event space, caterings facilities, cloak rooms and restrooms for both buildings.
The architectural connection between the Felix Nussbaum museum and the Cultural and History Museum is also depicted by the internal content of the joint opening exhibition “Dignity and Grace” (May 6th – August 28th), which emphasizes two main collections of the museum with the works of Felix Nussbaum and Albrecht Dürer.
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