"God’s light power"

We cordially invite you to the guest lecture by Prof. Dr Stephan Winter (Chair of Liturgical Studies, University of Tübingen) on Wednesday, 14 December 2022 at 6 pm.

Light and Christmas – for us they belong together. Even from their origins, the two great festivals of the Christmas cycle – the Nativity (25 December) and the Epiphany (6 January) – are characterised by the interpretation of cosmological light phenomena. But how do these impressive metaphors of light relate to the socio-cultural contexts in which they are embedded? In this exciting lecture, selected testimonies from the Roman liturgical tradition of the Christmas season will be brought into dialogue with the artworks in the special exhibition “Radiance“.

A public guided tour of the exhibition will also take place on the same day from 5 to 6 pm.

Date: 14 December 2022, 18:00-19:00

Location: Diocesan Museum Rottenburg, Karmeliterstr. 9, 72018 Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany

with: Prof. Dr. Stephan Winter, Chair of Liturgical Studies, Faculty of Catholic Theology (University of Tübingen)

Price: 5 Euro

Registration: https://dioezesanmuseum-rottenburg.de/ausstellung/strahlkraft/ or phone: 07472/922-180. Of course, we also welcome all spontaneous visitors!

Photo © Eric James McDermott

"Built from light"

Panel discussion on the significance of light in (sacred) architecture and urban development | Radiance

Light plays an overriding role in almost all world religions and creates a sacred atmosphere in places of worship, temples and churches. While the architectural style is constantly changing, the reference to light remains. What is applied in sacred buildings also applies outside religion: light contributes decisively to the spatial effect and is an essential element of historical and contemporary architecture. In the panel discussion, the multi-layered use of light in space will be explored – also with regard to the current energy crisis and the need to conserve resources.

Date: 26 January 2023, 6:00-19:30 p.m.

Venue: Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg, Karmeliterstr. 9, 72018 Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany

Andreas Danler (Bartenbach GmbH, Tyrol)
Diocesan Master Builder Dr. Thomas Schwieren (Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart)

Chair of the discussion:
Dr.in Melanie Prange (Head of the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg).

Price: 5 euros

© Diocesan Museum, Photo: Kai Loges

Ort ohne Absicht

Ort ohne Absicht – Licht-Klang-Konzert im Museum

Am Samstag, 4. Februar, 19.00 Uhr, können Sie im Museum ein außergewöhnliches Lichtkunst‑Konzert erleben.

Improvisieren zu können erfordert – neben sehr guten Kenntnissen des eigenen Instruments – hohe Aufmerksamkeit, sensibles Reagieren und spielerisches Interesse an dem Noch‑Unbestimmten.

Die künstlerische Herausforderung des Ungewissen verbinden den Lichtkünstler Kurt Laurenz Theinert und die Musikerin und Akkordeonistin Anja Kreysing.

Im Dialog mit dem Museumsraum improvisieren die zwei Künstler:innen gemeinsam – Kurt Laurenz Theinert mit Licht und Anja Kreysing mit Klängen. Sie lassen faszinierende audio‑visuelle Eindrücke entstehen, die die Gäste in eine so noch nicht wahrgenommene Welt mitnehmen.

In het LICHT (Into the LIGHT)

Exhibition "In het LICHT", Museum Krona, Uden (Netherlands)

In cooperation with the Diocesan Museum and at the same time as the exhibition “Radiance“, an exhibition entitled “In het LICHT (Into the LIGHT)” is taking place at Museum Krona, Uden (NL).

From 17 to 19 March 2023, there will be the opportunity to travel to Uden with the Diözesanmuseum team and visit the exhibition with a curator tour.

In this presentation, too, light installations, photography and painting by contemporary artists are juxtaposed with medieval masterpieces. Precious objects made of gold, silver and rock crystal from Dutch and German treasure troves and contemporary light artworks make it possible to experience the sensual and spiritual dimensions of light.

Works of art by world-renowned artists such as James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson, Gabriel Lester and Navid Nuur are combined with examples of medieval light mysticism, with tablets, manuscripts and objects made of precious metals and gemstones whose light reflections want to lead the viewer to the “true light”. One of the highlights is a precious stone-encrusted cross relic from Hildesheim dating from before 1080.

The exhibition features artworks by Jan Andriesse, Marinus Boezem, Suzan Drummen, Jan van Duijnhoven, Olafur Eliasson, Guido Geelen, Kees de Goede, Yayoi Kusama, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gabriel Lester, Willem Marijs, Matthijs Munnik, Matthijs Muller, Navid Nuur, Jan Theun van Rees, Roland Schimmel, Berndnaut Smilde, James Turrell, Veerle Thoben.

More information about the exhibition can be found here:

Further information & prices for the excursion can be found soon on the homepage of the Diocesan Museum. Stay tuned!

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 museum@bo.drs.de 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: Kai Loges, die arge lola

THE EXPLORER:S | Dance performance by Pascal Sangl

A follow-up to the exhibition VULNERABLE

As a follow-up to the exhibition VULNERABLE, three astronaut:s land at the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg and take the audience on a weightless journey through dance, projection and being.
In a world inspired by deep-sea exploration and space tourism, the EXPLORER:S open the audience’s eyes to their very own perception of the everyday and the supernatural.

Dates: Saturday, 17.09.2022, 8 p.m. (followed by artist:s talk) + Sunday, 18.09.2022, 7 p.m.

Dance Martina Gunkel, Luciana Mugei, Jeff Pham
Costume Marie Freihofer, Laura Yoro
Video projection Lieve Vanderschaeve
Concept & Choreography Pascal Sangl
Text Anna Wulffert

Photos © Eric James McDermott

Photos © Dominique Brewing / as part of the “Interventions II” festival of the Stuttgart independent dance and theatre scene

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 coronation@katholikentag.de. 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: presse@katholikentag.de

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

We make art strong in times of crisis

At the Katholikentag in Stuttgart, award-winning works from the art competition "Vulnerable" will be on display for the first time in St. Maria's from 27 May.

The competition had met with a great response: Around 600 artists applied, 25 young creatives were selected. They dealt with the vulnerability of human life in a variety of ways.

“The pandemic and most recently the war in Ukraine have brutally torn us out of what we take for granted in life,” says Auxiliary Bishop Dr Gerhard Schneider, who is also responsible for art in the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart. “It is difficult to put this much-cited ‘turn of time’ into words. For us as a church, it is important to make art strong, especially in times of crisis like these. Art offers ways to express, find and orient oneself in the unknown and always incomprehensible events of our time – especially where words are no longer able to do so.”

Achieving two kilometres of distance with one step

The works are correspondingly diverse in their form of presentation. For example, Simon Pfeffel’s video performance “Mit einem Schritt” (With one step), which won him one of the first prizes, shows how he covered the approximately two-kilometre distance from Stuttgart’s main railway station to St. Mary’s with just one step. “To do this, the artist tied one of his legs up and then hopped and limped his way through Königsstraße,” reports Sebastian Schmid, theologian and curator of St. Maria’s, who was part of the interdisciplinary competition jury along with nine other people.

Schmid: “Simon Pfeffel was clear that he would not make it without the help of strangers. Nevertheless, he didn’t ask anyone for help. Only when passers-by in Stuttgart offered to support him did he let themselves be carried or propped up. The exhibition shows video recordings of this impressive action, in which he put himself at the mercy of strangers.”

The motto of the Katholikentag also stands for being vulnerable together

The director of the Diocesan Museum in Rottenburg, Dr Melanie Prange, who was responsible for the competition and also a member of the jury, is pleased that the exhibition will now be opened during the Katholikentag. “Our works of art fit particularly well with the motto ‘sharing life’ of the Katholikentag, because all people are vulnerable, because vulnerability is precisely the essential moment of human existence and God has exposed himself to this vulnerability. Together we are vulnerable and it is especially in togetherness that paths to healing are paved. The motto of the Katholikentag brings essential thoughts of our competition and exhibition theme once again to the point.”

Kriz Olbricht wants to show with his artwork that the church itself is also vulnerable. To do this, he has hammered five dividing wedges into the wall of St. Maria. These are a kind of nails that normally create cracks in stones.

“It took a lot of convincing before the artist was allowed to hammer these dividing wedges into the wall of the church,” Schmid reports. “Just the idea that there could be a crack in the church wall almost caused panic in some people. The congregation itself was the least afraid.” The parish council immediately understood what Olbricht was about, he says. “After all, the five nails in the chancel stand for questions like: How seriously does the church take the cross? Does it dare to make itself vulnerable? Does it risk its own structure to take the side of the wounded?”, the theologian explains further.

Exhibition on view in Stuttgart from 27 May to 24 July

Visitors to the exhibition can look forward to nine more works of art, which will be on display in St. Mary’s from 27 May to 24 July. Dr. Prange is pleased that the exhibited works inspire new perspectives: “”The diocese has consciously decided to formulate a question and to let itself 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 itself is responsible for the worst psychological and physical wounds. Taking creatives seriously and not giving them guidelines enables a serious engagement with religious content, biblical texts and existential questions. The artistic results are surprising, inspiring, open to interpretation and testify to the depth of the engagement. A result to be emphasised for the cooperation and interaction of church and art.”

Award ceremony at the vernissage on 27 May.

The award ceremony of the Vulnerable competition will take place at the vernissage of the exhibition on Friday, 27 May, at 7.30 pm with Bishop Dr Gebhard Fürst and the members of the jury in St Mary’s. Some of the artworks will also be exhibited there until Sunday, 24 July.

In addition, there will be a tandem exhibition at the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg between 19 June and 28 August with the other part of the award-winning works. The vernissage of this exhibition with Auxiliary Bishop Dr Gerhard Schneider will begin on Sunday, 19 June, at 3 pm.

You can find further information online: https://dioezesanmuseum-rottenburg.de/vulnerable-preistraegerinnen/

From left: Dr Melanie Prange (Director Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg), Auxiliary Bishop Gerhard Schneider, Sebastian Schmid (Curator “St. Maira als”).
Photo: Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart / Eva Wiedemann

Shaping faith, fashioning splendour

How theological content is conveyed through fabrics and clothing is the subject of this issue of "Alpha and Omega".

Clothes make the man – and sometimes also tell us something about people’s faith. This is the subject of a large fashion exhibition in the Diocesan Museum in Rottenburg am Neckar – and in the next issue of “Alpha & Omega – Church in conversation”.

Magnificent vestments of saints can be admired in many pictures. Museum director Melanie Prange reports on how theological content is conveyed through these fabrics and how textiles make the sacred tangible, so to speak.

In cooperation with the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, fashion students also designed their own collections and liturgical vestments of the future for the exhibition. It becomes clear that religion and fashion have a lot in common, as Pforzheim professor Sybille Klose explains in the programme.

Watch the programme

The programme “Shaping Faith – Fashioning Splendour” produced by KiP-TV was first broadcast on 30 April 2022. You can find this and other episodes of “Alpha and Omega” on the YouTube Diocesan Museum Channel.

Talking about sacred art and textile messages: Prof. Sybille Klose from the Pforzheim Faculty of Design, Dr Melanie Prange, director of the Rottenburg Diocesan Museum, and presenter Christian Turrey.

Picture: KiP-TV