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Donations for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame in Paris

We at the Museum Schnütgen are also profoundly saddened by the destruction of large parts of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. The cathedral in the heart of the city is one of the most significant architectural and artistic monuments in the country in which Gothic art was born. The building was begun 1163 in the Early Gothic era and was magnificently expanded and brightened during the High Gothic period through the large rose windows in the transepts. The exterior is decorated with singular sculptures, among them the famous gallery of kings, which connect the kings of the Old Testament with the self-understanding of the kings of France. The building was damaged and the objects in the church treasury were in large part melted down during the French Revolution and the July Revolution of 1830. In the middle of the 19th century Notre-Dame was restored under the direction of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc; this included among other things the soaring spire over the crossing that has now burned down together with the cathedral’s roof. Few other buildings in Europe are so charged with history and emotion as is Notre-Dame in Paris.

To a certain extent, Notre-Dame is like a ‘sister cathedral’ to Cologne Cathedral, which is connected in many ways with Notre-Dame both in terms of ideals and historically – a relic of Christ’s crown of thorns is kept in Paris, in Cologne the relics of the three Magi.
The extent of the damage has not yet been fully determined, nor do we know how long it will take to secure and restore what is left of Notre-Dame. What is certain is that this will require a tremendous financial effort. Beyond that, it is for us, as it is for many others, only natural that we – also as part of the bond of friendship between Germany and France and of solidarity in Europe – express our sympathy through concrete support of the rebuilding of Notre-Dame.
In Cologne the Zentral-Dombau-Verein has established a special account for donations, which will be used to fund a particular project in the restoration of Notre-Dame that has yet to be determined.
The Museum Schnütgen expressly supports this call for donations.

The banking details are as follows:
Kontoinhaber/Account name: Zentral-Dombau-Verein
IBAN: DE24 3704 0044 0508 7655 01
Commerzbank Köln
Verwendungszweck/Note to payee: "Wiederaufbau Notre-Dame"

Please do not forget to indicate your address, should you wish to receive a donation receipt.

The new Survey of the Collection

It is finally here: The new survey of the collection of the Museum Schnütgen offers a compact, chronological overview of the internationally famous, high-quality and multi-faceted collection of the museum. The volume presents 280 works from the various sections of the collection in an attractive manner and with the latest research findings.

Museum Schnütgen – A Survey of the Collection. Ed. by Moritz Woelk and Manuela Beer, Munich 2018,  472 pages, 443 ill. in colour

Works of art on travel

Some works of art from the museum's collection are currently on travel as loans to the following exhibitions.

Shine on Me. The Sun and Us
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, 28.9.2018 - 18.8.2019 

Irrtümer & Fälschungen der Archäologie, first venue of the exhibition: LWL-Museum für Archäologie in Herne, 23.03. - 09.09.2018,
second venue: Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim,  24.11.2018 - 26.05.2019