Diocesan Museum Rottenburg

The Diözesanmuseum sees itself as a place of encounter and lively exchange, where religious and social issues are addressed through the medium of art. This is all the more true since the museum also presents exhibitions of contemporary art that enter into dialogue with traditional Christian works of art. The discourse with contemporary artists in particular plays a major role in the institution’s self-image.

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Sülchen cemetery

The Sülchen cemetery church is a living sign of faith, historical testimony and an archaeological specialty at the same time. In order to take into account the importance of the place and to present the outstanding finds at the original location, a modern exhibition area was set up in the lower church as part of the recent renovation, which is a branch of the Diocesan Museum of Rottenburg.

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Sproll memorial site

»We cannot afford not to care«. Joannes Baptista Sproll (1870–1949)

The memorial is part of the present Episcopal Ordinariate in Rottenburg. Historically, it is the foyer of the Episcopal Palace, the place of residence and work of the Rottenburg bishops. In the spring and summer of 1938, after Sproll abstained from voting, National Socialist groups besieged the palace, threw stones through the windows and daubed inflammatory slogans on the sidewalk. For weeks there were loud rallies in front of the palace demanding the expulsion, recall or resignation of the bishop. On July 23, 1938, the gate was broken through and Sproll’s apartment was stormed and devastated. The historical gate and the foyer themselves refer to the – also directly physical – persecution of Sproll.

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Art inventory

In May 2015, the specialist centre for art inventory was launched, which is organizationally linked to the Diocesan Museum of Rottenburg, and works closely with other departments of the Episcopal Ordinary (liturgy, church building). The core task of the department is the comprehensive inventory of architecture, art and cultural assets in order to prevent (further) loss and/or decay, and to clarify historical contexts.

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