The objective of the Virtual Museum of Nuremberg Art is to present the wide range and immense wealth of Nuremberg’s art and architecture. It comprises artists who are relevant for Nuremberg and their works, as well as their products of arts and crafts. Regarding the timeline, the museum focuses on the time when Nuremberg functioned as Imperial City up to 1933. However, works of art and architecture of Modernism are represented as well. By establishing and presenting our museum, we would like to reinforce interest in Nuremberg’s art, and we encourage our visitors to browse through our inventory.
As an interactive homepage, the Virtual Museum offers the outstanding possibility to show objects which, for different reasons, are difficult to present and put into relationship to each other. Examples for this are buildings, bridges and memorials, as well as objects of art accommodated in different museums, their depots, libraries and private collections.
The museum is still under construction. At present mainly artists and works from the sectors of architecture, graphic art, sculpture and painting are presented, but more are to follow. Like any traditional museum, the Virtual Museum cannot claim completeness, neither, for instance, in respect to the presentation of all artists of a sector, nor the complete oeuvre of a single artist. Should you be interested in supporting the Virtual Museum in regard to its contents, be it concerning single objects that might be presented, or concerning topics which have not been dealt with yet, we will be pleased to receive your suggestions via our feedback-form.
The Virtual Museum is operated by the Förderverein Kulturhistorisches Museum Nürnberg e.V. (Association for the Promotion of the Museum of Cultural History Nuremberg – registered association). Already its founder Manfred H. Grieb fostered the popularity of the historic cultural treasures of Nuremberg in a poignant way, by publishing his three-volume Nuremberg artists encyclopedia. He kept insisting that Nuremberg’s heritage, especially of its time as Imperial City, should be made more visible in the Nuremberg museums, particularly because many exhibits are stowed away in depots. In order to permanently improve this situation, he founded the Association for the Promotion of the Museum of Cultural History Nuremberg, which consists mainly of art specialists, connoisseurs and enthusiast. After Manfred Grieb’s death in 2012, the members of the association, under the leadership of Dr. Werner Schultheiβ, continued their active support for this project.
The museum was initiated, co-designed, and equipped regarding its contents by the architectural historian Prof. Dr. Pablo de la Riestra and by the photographer and graphic artist Theo Noll. Both of them made vital and significant contributions to the museum with their profound and detailed knowledge and abundance of excellent pictures. The Nuremberg company net-realizer undertook the technical realization. The Association gladly takes the opportunity to thank Prof. de la Riestra, Mr. Noll and the company net-realizer for their support and cooperation. The Association is deeply grateful for the generous legacy of its founder Manfred Grieb, who bequeathed the financial means for the realization of the museum to the Association. We are greatly indebted to him and consider his legacy to be a commission to realize his goals.