Beginnings of Jewish history and culture on the territory that is now Germany

The beginnings of Jewish existence in the territory that is now Germany, like the beginnings of Christianity in this area, are linked to the expansion of the Roman Empire. As in Europe’s southeast, in the Balkans, they also go back north of the Alps to the end of the 3rd / beginning of the 4th century. The first Jewish communities emerged along the major trade routes on the Rhine and Danube. However, it is still unclear when Jewish communities were able to settle beyond the borders of the Roman Empire; certainly before Iro-Scottish monks began to spread Christianity in the (Anglo)Saxon region. At the latest since Merovingian and Carolingian times, Jews played a not insignificant role in public life, in trade and commerce and not least as mediators between cultures.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schreiner (Senior Professor for Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Tübingen).

Suesskind, the Jew of Trimberg (Codex Manesse, 14th century)

Invitation to the vernissage

A warm invitation to the vernissage of the exhibition “Materials Reloaded” by Harald Fuchs!

Christof L. Diedrichs: Relics – a cultural-historical approach
Dieter Luz: Harald Fuchs – friend and companion

This evening introduces the double exhibition “Materials Reloaded” in the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg and in the Zehntscheuer Rottenburg. The event begins in the Diözesanmuseum, later the Zehntscheuer will also be open. The artist will be present. Registration is required, preferably right here below.

Holiday programme for children

As part of the holiday programme of the city of Rottenburg, we were finally able to inaugurate our art alley on the first Saturday of the holiday! Christine Bozler-Kießling went on a quest with the children to find out how pictures were created in the Middle Ages. Then the children created their own canvas frames and painted a picture using ancient techniques.

Exhibition "adoratio - The Black King at the Crib"

The Magi – the theme is omnipresent in Christian art, in popular nativity scenes and in the tradition of the carol singers. The “Adoration of the Magi” is one of the most popular pictorial themes in Christian art. The Bible speaks of astrologers from the East, so they have been depicted as wise men with Phrygian caps since the 4th century. From apocryphal writings, the interpretations of the Church Fathers and numerous legends, the idea developed that kings in all three ages were gathered in the Bethlehem stable. Since the late 10th century, there have been depictions of a mostly kneeling old man, a middle-aged man and a young man. Since the late Middle Ages, the latter has been painted with black skin, especially in German-speaking countries. The kings wear splendid courtly clothes and bring valuable gifts, of which the Bible already tells. The Diocesan Museum has several panels in its collection that show this pictorial tradition.

Today, however, the pictorial theme has become problematic. In the course of modern art history, the black king was often exoticised and became a projection surface for the foreign.

In this exhibition, the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg explores the theme of the “Adoration of the Magi” on the basis of its own panels and also shows a modern interpretation by Otto Dix. The accompanying programme searches for historical interpretations and contemporary dialogue partners. The aim is to bring together the different perspectives and to bring them into conversation with each other.

Wanted: Supervisors Exhibition "Vulnerable"

The Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg, in cooperation with “St. Maria as…”, is organising an exhibition in the church of St. Maria, Stuttgart-Mitte, Tübinger Str. 36, following the Katholikentag. The works of the winners of the art competition “Vulnerable. Vulnerable” will be shown. For the exhibition period from

21 May to 24 July 2022

the museum is looking for several supervisors (m/f/d), preferably also students, to supervise the exhibition. The tasks include

Presence in the church room of St. Maria
welcoming visitors to the exhibition and handing out visitor booklets
Selling catalogues
Supervising the technical equipment (lighting, video installations)

To be covered by all supervisors are the periods:
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

A contract for freelance work will be concluded. The hourly rate is 12 €. Please contact us for more information. If you are interested, also in working on certain days or half days, send an email with a short letter of motivation and a CV by 20.12.2022 to:

Dr. Daniela Blum
07472 922 305

Invitation to the Lecture "The Magi and the Order of the World in the Middle Ages"

The Wise Men from the East are an integral part of the Christmas story – over the centuries, the number of three was agreed upon and they were elevated to the status of ‘kings’. As such, they served, among other things, as symbolic figures for the world of the Middle Ages, which was divided into three continents, and as representatives of different human ages and regions of origin.

The lecture will shed light on the medieval legends surrounding the ‘three kings’ and explain what significance they had for medieval society.

Speaker: PD. Dr. Christoph Mauntel Tübingen

We ask for pre-registration, here on the homepage or by mail (

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Catholic Day 2022

Catholic Day 2022

The team of the Diocesan Museum looks back on an eventful, interesting and colourful Katholikentag. The museum was able to organise a total of two exhibitions and eight cultural events, and was also represented with its own stand in the Stadtgarten. The response was positive throughout! The vernissage in St. Mary’s, where the winners of the art competition “Vulnerable” were honoured by Bishop Fürst, the photo exhibition “Next door” in St. Agnes as well as the diverse artistic and musical offerings in the city met with great interest. The events stimulated exchange and reflection, but also invited people to celebrate and marvel. We would like to thank all the cooperation partners and the numerous artists for their commitment and good cooperation, which also made the Katholikentag a success for art and culture!

Vernissage „Vulnerable“

The special exhibition “Vulnerable” goes into the next round: last Sunday, 19.06, after St. Mary’s, now the second part of the exhibition was ceremoniously opened in the Diocesan Museum! After a varied programme – with musical accompaniment by Anna Ohlmann – the guests were able to get a first impression of the winning entries of the art competition (including the three main prize winners). The team of the Diocesan Museum would like to thank everyone for the lively interest and the stimulating exchange!

Vulnerable - danced, improvised

Finissage of the exhibition "Vulnerable" in St. Maria, Stuttgart

The Stuttgart part of the exhibition “Vulnerable” will end on 24 July 2022 “danced, imprivatised”. The internationally renowned choreographer, dancer and dance educator Yahi Nestor Gahe will interpret the Vulnerable in a dance improvisation. He will be accompanied by the Rottenburg Cathedral organist Ruben J. Sturm with improvisations on the organ. This will be a dignified and artistically demanding end to the extraordinary exhibition in St. Maria.

Music: Prof. Ruben J. Sturm (Cathedral organist / Professor for organ literature playing and organ improvisation; Rottenburg).

Dance: Yahi Nestor Gahe (choreographer / dancer / dance teacher; Stuttgart)

Admission for young people aged 12 and over is €5, adults pay €10.