A museum like no other: “Art against forgetting” is the motto of this distinctive building designed by Daniel Libeskind and home to the world’s biggest collection of the works of the Osnabrück artist Felix Nussbaum. The unusual architecture of this “museum without an exit” never fails to make an impression, and since the completion of a new extension in May 2011, also designed by Libeskind, the Felix-Nussbaum-House (Felix-Nussbaum-Haus) has become a more attractive cultural destination than ever.
Born and raised in Osnabrück, Felix Nussbaum is regarded as one of the most important Jewish painters of the last century. Like no other artist of his time, he captured the stations of his life in impressive pictures: from his comfortable childhood as part of a middle-class merchant family in Osnabrück, to rapid artistic success in Berlin to the difficult years as an immigrant artist and persecuted Jew in occupied Belgium. Nussbaum was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.
Another famous son of the city is Erich Maria Remarque, author of the world’s most famous anti-war novel “All Quiet on the Western Front”. The Erich-Maria-Remarque Peace Centre (Erich-Maria-Remarque Friedenszentrum) houses a permanent exhibition on the life and work of Remarque, and the archive contains the world’s biggest collection of materials on the bestselling author and his world.
The Art Gallery Dominican Church (Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche) is one of the most unusual and most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Lower Saxony. The Historico-cultural Museum (Kulturhistorische Museum) offers an interesting overview of the city’s cultural history, while the Museum at the Schölerberg - nature and environment (Museum am Schölerberg – Natur und Umwelt) provides completely new insights into the local environment, including subterranean Osnabrück. The walk-in vault of the cathedral’s Diocesan museum (Diözesanmuseum) is also unique: the treasury is on stilts! Situated on the Piesberg hill with views over the city, the Museum for Industrial Culture (Museum Industriekultur) is housed in former colliery buildings and provides a fascinating insight into the bygone age of mining and the industrialisation of Osnabrück.