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en face

March 13st - June 14th 2020

Harry Meyer at #MuseumStAfra


Extended until August 23rd 2020!


"en face" means "in front of" or "opposite". In this exhibition project Harry Meyer's works of art are not only "opposite" the ecclesiastical art of seventeen centuries in the diocesanmuseum St. Afra. The artist fully embraced sacred art.  In his works, which are entirely composed of colour, Harry Meyer focuses in a special way on man and nature, the dualism of becoming and transience. The focus here is on capturing the elemental and the elements that are reflected in motifs in the depiction of specific phenomena of nature, such as mountains, rain, seasons, the stars at night or light. Naturalistic reproduction is subordinated to this goal. Man and nature inhabit a spiritual-religious level, which is visibly reflected in all of the artist's works and makes the counterpart of his colour-intensive works of art with historical sacred art so extremely attractive and fruitful.

The exhibition shows some of the artist's existing works, which in their interplay with selected artworks from the diocesanmuseum open up new perspectives on familiar Christian themes. In addition, a large number of new works were created as a result of Harry Meyer's intensive examination of Christian themes.        

Exhibition rooms, such as the glass hall with the ottonian bronze portal, have been transformed into walk-in installations that invite the visitor to experience face-to-face the encounter and coexistence of contemporary and historical art.

Due to the current situation, the planned programme is cancelled for the time being. Guided tours with a maximum of six people can, however, be booked and conducted on request.

The illustrated exhibition catalogue can be purchased in the museum shop.

„Zur Krippe her kommet...“

December 1st 2019 - February 2nd 2020

Nativity scene exhibition
lectures with concert and guided tours

The birth of Jesus as one of the high feasts of Christianity has been created by artists of all centuries.

This can also be seen in the nativity scene art: Loans from a private collector depict the variety of Christmas scenes. The newborn child may lie in a stable, in a cave or in a palace.  There are nativity scenes that link the birth of the lord with paradise or deal with the entire history of salvation. Simultaneous nativity scenes, in which the Crucifixion can be seen in connection to the birth of Christ, refer to the beginning and end of Christ's redemptive work.
The idea of sacrifice comes to the fore when the newborn child lies on an altar instead of in the crib. The nativity scenes often depict not only the birth of Christ but simultaneously the worship of the shepherds and kings with many other figures.
It is surprising to find the wedding of Cana in some nativity scenes. Here the connection between the child in the crib and the wine miracle at the wedding of Cana is recognizable, where Jesus reveals himself as the Son of God.

The nativity scenes on display and other exhibits from the permanent exhibition of the Diocesan Museum St. Afra visualize the Christmas events in their deeper meaning.

The exhibition is accompanied by a Christmas programme for young and old. Guided tours for groups and school classes can be booked by e-mail at[at] or by call +49 (0)821 31166-9931.

Gerhard Richter

Cycle Birkenau

January 09th, 2020 - February 2nd, 2020


Four negatives taken in August 1944 by an unknown concentration camp inmate in Auschwitz-Birkenau about the systematic mass murder form the starting point for the Birkenau cycle created in 2014 by the renowned contemporary artist Gerhard Richter.

Thanks to a loan from the private collection in the Gerhard Richter Archive, Dresden State Art Collections, this cycle can be viewed in a photographic version (on Alucobond) in the Diözesanmuseum St. Afra, arranged by Gerhard Richter. An exhibition program will provide access to the still controversially discussed attempt to present the Holocaust artistically.


In cooperation with the Academic Forum.


Guided tour of the special exhibition in German with Ernst Weidl on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at 3 pm.
Costs: 4,00 € plus admission


Study afternoon on January 24th, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Haus Sankt Ulrich, Augsburg, on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance for the Liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp 75 years ago.


On January 26th, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., there will be an early finissage to which everyone is cordially invited.

Nikola David, cantor of the Liberal Jewish Community Beth Schalom e.V., will be responsible for the musical arrangement.

König, Bürger, Bettelmann. Treffpunkt Heilig Kreuz

King, citizen, beggar? What do these class designations have to do with the former Augustinian canons convent Heilig Kreuz in Augsburg? A miraculous host, the so-called Wunderbarliches Gut, was the centre of a pilgrimage that was founded in the 12th century and flourished for decades. Kings, dukes, patricians and ordinary people alike pilgrimaged to Heilig Kreuz in Augsburg.

From March 22nd to June 30th, 2019, the Diocesan Museum St. Afra in Augsburg will be presenting the exciting history of Heilig Kreuz in a special exhibition, thereby showing for the first time the rich treasure of high-ranking altarpieces, sculptures, frescoes, liturgical utensils and paraments that the church once contained and in some cases still holds. 
Heilig Kreuz was one of Augsburg's most richly and splendidly furnished churches, for which renowned artists such as Johann Matthias Kager (1575-1634), Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Georg Petel (1601/02-1634), Johann Georg Bergmüller (1688-1762), Joseph Mages (1728-1769) and the Verhelst brothers created paintings, sculptures and frescoes. While preparing the exhibition, a large part of the equipment of the high and side altars of the Verhelst brothers was rediscovered, which can be seen again for the first time since the Second World War. A section of the museum is also dedicated to pilgrimages and their products.

In the Leopold Mozart year 2019, special attention will also be paid to the music at Heilig Kreuz: works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were given to the monastery by his sister Nannerl due to the special connection between the exceptional talent and the Holy Cross.

Another highlight will be the performance of a late Gothic play on the legend of the Holy Cross, which will be performed in the Catholic Church of Heilig Kreuz on April 7th 2019. This is a cooperation with the Augsburg Sensemble Theater and Prof. Dr. Klaus Wolf, University of Augsburg.

A programme with lectures, concerts, guided tours and museum educational offers for children completes the exhibition.

Diocesan Museum St. Afra
Kornhausgasse 3-5
86152 Augsburg
Phone: +49 (0)821 3166-8833

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Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00
Sunday/bank holidays 12.00-18.00
Closed on Mondays

Admission Fees
Adults 4.00 € *
Reduced 3.00 € *
Family ticket 8.00 €*
Annual ticket 19.00 €
*Admission fees for special exhibitions may change 
*Admission free on every 1st Sunday each month!

Guided Tours
On request (+49 (0)821 3166-8833 or

Due to its historical structure the museum is only partly barrier-free.