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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.

„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.

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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. About 60% are accessible for wheelchair users.