Irmgard Feldhaus

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Irmgard Feldhaus (born February 20, 1920 in Neuss ; † August 8, 2010 there ) was a German art historian and museum director .


Irmgard Feldhaus came from the Feldhaus family, who produced the Novesia chocolate in Neuss . She studied art history in Munich and graduated in 1945 with a doctorate. From 1949 she took over the management of the city ​​archive and the city library in the Neuss municipal administration and took care of the reopening of the Neuss city museum, which she headed until 1985. Since 1956 she was the first editor of “Novaesium”, the “Neuss Yearbook for Art, Culture and History”.

Schnorr von Carolsfeld, The Creation of Evas Pencil Drawing, 1821. Catalog of the 1982 exhibition in Neuss, No. 4

The museum, renamed the Clemens-Sels-Museum in 1950, was located in the Neusser Obertor after the war damage , the Deilmann-Bau was opened in 1975. In 1982, Feldhaus curated an exhibition on Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld and the Nazarenes .

With a graphic collection, with works of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Symbolism and with modern primitive art / naive art (according to Adalbert Trillhaase and Max Raffler ), Feldhaus was able to supplement the collections with special accents.

At the beginning of 2010 the "Feld-Haus - Museum for popular printmaking " was opened in the Stiftung Insel Hombroich as a branch of the Clemens Sels Museum on the KirkebyFeld in the cultural area of Hombroich . The graphics from the 18th and 19th centuries presented there are each part of the extensive collection of around 5000 sheets that Feldhaus donated to the city of Neuss in 2006.

Publications (selection)

  • The two-aisled churches on the Moselle and in the Eifel . Munich 1945 (= machine-written dissertation).
  • Municipal Clemens-Sels-Museum Neuss , Neuss: Clemens-Sels-Museum, 1950
  • Painting from the Sulpiz and Melchior Boisserée and Johann B. Bertram collection, lithographed by Johann Nepomuk Strixner , Neuss: Clemens-Sels-Museum, 1980
  • (Ed.): Naive art in the Clemens-Sels-Museum Neuss , Recklinghausen: Bongers 1983
  • Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. The Bible in Pictures and other biblical series of pictures of the Nazarenes. Catalog of the exhibition, Clemens-Sels-Museum Neuss November 28, 1982 - February 27, 1983 goethezeitportal
  • Clemens-Sels-Museum Neuss , Braunschweig: Westermann, 1984


  • Pictorial worlds of symbolism. Irmgard Feldhaus on his 65th birthday . Concept-Verlag, Neuss 1985, ISBN 3-921224-13-6
  • Uta Husmeier-Schirlitz (Ed.): From Ensor to Matisse. Homage to Irmgard Feldhaus (1920–2010) . Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss 2011, ISBN 978-3-936542-55-4 .

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