Exhibition of creches (including guided tour - in GERMAN)
The Lord of the Creches
Max Schmederer - collector, founder, visionary
The Munich banker Max Schmederer ( Protected content ) was one of the most important collectors of historical nativity scenes. With a certain familiarity, he acquired the best figures mainly from the 18th and 19th century from Bavaria and the Alpine region. On repeated trips to southern Italy, he also secured masterpieces of the Neapolitan and Sicilian Baroque wherever they were available.
In his stately home on Neuhauser Straße, later on in Briennerstrasse, he created a congenial scenery for each ensemble. More than Protected content followed each year their invitation to admire the creches exhibited in the private rooms.
In Protected content , his collection included more than 2,000 figures, animals, accessories and buildings. In order to permanently secure his existence, he offered it to the Bavarian National Museum as a donation. Under the direction of Max Schmederers, in Protected content sceneries planned down to the smallest technical detail were set up. His artistic concept still characterizes the collection of crèches, which is one of the main attractions of the museum.
From the idea to the scenery
Twelve stations integrated into the creche department outline the work of the collector, founder and visionary Max Schmederer: Impressive relics of architectural traces that have been slumbering in the depot for decades, but also personal drawings and construction site photos. Some lost or lost creches are thus experienced again; like the one that Schmeder gave to the last German Empress Auguste Viktoria.
In a variety of ways, Schmederer committed himself to the cultural life of Munich around Protected content . This role is also addressed, as is his persevering collector and his talent as a director. An insight into the work of the Restoration Department reveals the responsibility the museum holds for the valuable collection.