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!

Finissage VULNERABLE - VERLETZLICH with artist conversation

Learn more - in a personal exchange with the winners of the art competition VULNERABLE - VERLETZLICH.

11 artists will present their works in the Diocesan Museum. The focus will be on works from the current special exhibition as well as works that were shown in the tandem exhibition in Stuttgart (St. Maria). There will be room for questions, lively conversations and discussions.

The event is planned – with small breaks – to last until the early evening. The afternoon will be musically accompanied by Anna Ohlmann (saxophone) from Stuttgart.

Interested parties are cordially invited to attend the discussions.

We look forward to ending a successful and multi-faceted exhibition in Rottenburg together.

Please register – up to 4 days before the start of the event – at or by telephone on 07472-922-180.
Alternatively, you can register online via our event programme.

Information on the competition, (tandem) exhibition and prize winners can be found at:

Moritz Urban, FORT COMFORT, Intervention, 2022. Photo: Sebastian Eckert, Diözesanmuseum

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.

Das Diözesanmuseum gestaltet den Katholikentag mit

Katholikentag 2022 in Stuttgart

Das Diözesanmuseum gestaltet mehrere Kulturveranstaltungen auf dem Katholikentag mit. Es lohnt sich also um so mehr, Ende Mai nach Stuttgart zu kommen. Der Eintritt zu den Veranstaltungen ist über die Tickets zum Katholikentag möglich.

Veranstaltungen des Diözesanmuseums auf dem Katholikentag

More than timpani and trumpets

Press release

Stuttgart, 27 April 2022
Concerts, cinema, dance, art and literature, exhibitions, cabaret and theatre – more than 200 cultural events invite you to experience and marvel at the Katholikentag in Stuttgart. The organisers presented this wealth today at the Haus der Geschichte in Stuttgart. “With our cultural programme, we want to transport the atmosphere of the Katholikentag into the city for five days,” emphasised Paul Magino, chairman of the Katholikentag’s cultural working group. More than 100 bands, choirs and individual artists have been selected in an application process and will be responsible for a large part of the cultural programme.
And: “We are working together with many cultural institutions in the city of Stuttgart, such as the Linden Museum, the State University of Music and Performing Arts, the House of Music, the State Gallery and the Old Playhouse, and will significantly enrich the Stuttgart cultural scene for this time of the Katholikentag.” Some venues at the Katholikentag are firmly linked to a particular genre: for example, cabaret lovers will flock to the Renitenztheater and the Gustav-Siegle-Haus. Those interested in author readings should note the Wanner Hall in the Linden Museum with readings by Anna-Katharina Hahn, Nora Bossong and Josef Haslinger.
Exhibitions provide their very own insights, such as “Under the Skin – My Tattoo, My Story” in the Akademiegarten (open-air). The most extensive and highly topical project of the Diözesanmuseum is the exhibition “”Vulnerable – Verletzlich” (Vulnerable – Vulnerable) in St. Maria, in which the award-winning works of the art competition of the same name of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart – in selection – are presented. The background: The Corona pandemic and, most recently, the warlike actions in Ukraine made us clearly aware of our vulnerability. Vulnerability is an essential moment of human existence that weakens, but can also strengthen. In setting the task, the diocese had consciously decided to formulate the question of vulnerability openly and to allow itself to be challenged by the answers of young creative people – in other words, to make itself vulnerable and open. Especially against the background that the church is responsible for the worst psychological and physical wounds to children, young people and queer people, as recent studies and revelations have made shockingly clear. Around 600 artists responded to the call for entries. Contemporary art forms such as installations, video and sound works, projections and performances as well as objects of the classical visual arts such as paintings, drawings and sculptures were submitted.
The most extensive segment of the cultural programme at the Katholikentag is music – and this will be heard in very different places in the city. Gospel concerts, pop and rock, new spiritual songs, organ music and contemporary orchestral works will offer listening pleasure. A special work that also invites participation is the #coronation mass. At the centre of the premiere is Mozart’s Coronation Mass KV 317 as a symbol of joie de vivre and confidence. In addition, the specially developed sound installation allows each individual visitor to become part of the whole in advance – with the help of his or her individual voicemessage sung on the short musical phrase “Dona nobis pacem” using a smartphone. Simply sing it, call +49 711 20 70 31 70 and sing it on your voicemail or record it as a voice memo and send it by message to The deadline for sending in voice messages is 10 May.
The extensive film programme of the Katholikentag with its discussions is not only aimed at interested cineastes, but also at pupils and students and addresses current socially relevant questions. For example, in the film with discussion “The Unknown Girl”, which deals with moral integrity and social justice.
Stephan von Kolson, phone: +49 175 4343485, email:

f.l.t.r.: Paul Magino, Prof. Jörg-Hannes Hahn, Eberhard Schwarz, Dr. Melanie Prange
Accordion: Nepomuk Golding