Old Masters in new light: The Franconian Gallery in Kronach
The Bavarian Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts in March 2012 provided a special grant of 800,000 Euros to enhance the attractiveness of its Upper Franconian public branch Museums and Galleries. One half of this grant was to be spent for the Franconian Gallery at the Fortress Rosenberg in Kronach, a branch Museum of the Bavarian National Museum Munich – a huge opportunity to modernize the Gallery with its outstanding collection of Fine Art of the late Gothic and Renaissance era.
In May 2014 the Franconian Gallery reopened its gates for the public again. Since then the collections masterpieces of Lucas Cranach, Tilman Riemenschneider, Hans von Kulmbach and further German late Gothic and Renaissance masters shine in new light.
Central objective of the refurbishment has been to renew the lighting engineering. This state of the art LED-lighting technology, harmonized with the new tonality within the exhibition rooms, exclusively concentrates on the objet d’art. The Galleries fine panel paintings, complex winged altars and sculptures, mostly with their largely original coloring, correspond perfectly with this sensitive staging.
This is accomplished by a new conceptual and textual guideline to the museum departments as well as a partly new presentation of the exhibits. Also in May 2014 the Galleries new catalogue was published, that compiles the extensive research of Dr. Matthias Weniger, curator of the Sculpture and Painting about 1500 department at the Bavarian National Museum Munich.
In addition to new presentation and didactics, several attractive new exhibits were added to the collection of the Franconian Gallery, which completed especially the inventory on Cranach. The newly produced exhibition dramaturgy will also be play an important role within the Cranach-Year 2015, celebrating Lucas Cranach the Younger 500th birthday, as part of the “Luther-Decade”.
March – October: Open daily except for Monday 9:30 am – 5: 30pm
November – February: Closed
The museum is closed and there are no guided tours on the fortress on December 24, 25 and 31, as well as on January 1st and on Shrove Tuesday
Accessibility: The Franconian Gallery is completely accessible for wheel-chair users.
Phone: +49 09261 60410