Germanisches Nationalmuseum

The Germanisches Nationalmuseum is the largest museum of cultural history in the German-speaking countries. Around 1.35 million objects, divided into 23 collection areas, show evidence and artefacts from 200,000 years of German cultural history. The Museum’s principle research aim is concerned with objects across genres, another focus lies on the investigation of the cultural context of the works.

As part of the Leibniz Association, Germanisches Nationalmuseum is committed to Open Access. Via – ART-Books research results presented during conferences are made available in full and free of charge.

Publications by Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg:

Published later this year:

Proceedings of the conference 'Private Passion – Public Challenge. Collecting Musical Instruments Then and Now', Dominik von Roth und Linda Escherich (Eds.), will be published online via

Whereas the enthusiasm of private individuals for collecting musical instruments remains undiminished, public museums are too often restricted in their desire to augment their collections by lack of storage space and money. Ideas which might resolve these issues for all concerned and support future research and museum work are few and far between.

When the Rück Collection was sold to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum at the beginning of the 1960s, it was the last sizeable collection of musical instruments within Germany to pass from private to public ownership. The worth and wealth of just this one collection is clearly demonstrated in a DFG project, which is systematically editing Rück’s acquisition correspondence for an online research platform. Comprising more than 17,000 documents on the acquisition, trade, and restoration of historical musical instruments, this platform will offer a knowledge base, which provides answers to questions on multidisciplinary issues concerning art history, cultural studies, as well as instrument making, which go far beyond the usual approaches on provenance research. In keeping with Rück’s example, private collecting of musical instruments then and now forms the central theme of the conference, with contributions on historical and contemporary collections (in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland). In addition such topics as the future of musicology and related themes, such as the suitable display and function of public collections are being addressed and complemented by the experiences of private collectors. Positions from the fields of literary studies, cultural management, transcultural music studies, and art history provide cross-disciplinary correctives and complete the conference proceedings.


Roth, Dominik von, (Email)
Escherich, Linda, (Email)

Ansprechpartner GNM-Verlag:

Kupper, Christiane, (Email)

Soon available as ebook:
Awakening of the Youth
German Youth Movements between Self-determination and Seduction

Ed. by G. U. Großman with Claudia Selheim and Barbara Stambolis. Accompanying the exhibition of the same title ("Aufbruch der Jugend - Deutsche Jugendbewegung zwischen Selbstbestimmung und Verführung") in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum from 26 September 2013 until 19 January 2014.

In the time around 1900, “youth” was synonymous with awakening and renewal, future and visions. Young middle-class people were challenging their elders. Many of the aims of these young people were met by the demands of the Lebensreform movement. Many young people joined organisations like “Wandervogel”, joint activities strengthening a sense of belonging.

In 35 critical essays and illustrated by 280 objects this volume depicts the youth movement from its beginnings, its political ideologisation, until the FRG’s first open-air festival in Schloss Waldeck in 1964.

Daniel Hess, Dagmar Hirschfelder (Hrsg.)
Renaissance · Barock · Aufklärung
Kunst und Kultur vom 16. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert

Die Schausammlungen des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Band 3

This title accompanies the permanent exhibition at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum on art and cultural history of the German-speaking world during the 16th to 18th centuries. The exhibition has been on display since 2010. It features about 1,000 exhibits in 33 rooms and addresses central themes of the early modern period such as collecting and presenting, the reception of antiquity and nature studies, the correlation between art and religion and the changing image of humanity. The complementing publication includes papers that deal with these key themes in a detailed manner. It also comprises a scientific catalogue of all exhibits. Paintings and sculptures, including masterpieces by Albrecht Dürer, Peter Vischer, Lucas Cranach or Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, as well as stained glasses, graphic prints and illustrated books, art handicraft, textiles, jewellery, medals, furniture and musical instruments are being put into their artistic and historical contexts on the basis of the most recent research. In this attractively designed volume about two thirds of the 1,000 exhibits are being presented in high quality colour prints.

Further Open Access publications by the Germanisches Nationalmuseum on include essays (via ART-Dok) and the following e-journals:
Anzeiger für Kunde der deutschen Vorzeit: Organ d. Germanischen Museums
Mitteilungen aus dem Germanischen Nationalmuseum
Schrifttum zur deutschen Kunst

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