The Museum and its Branches
The Feld-Haus was opened in 2010 as an annex of the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss. It is located on KirkebyFeld between the missile base and the Insel
Hombroich ensemble. The building, designed by Per Kirkeby as an architectural sculpture, houses one of the few museums especially devoted to popular imagery, and the only one in North Rhine-Westphalia. The collection began with more than 5,000 objects collected by Dr. Irmgard Feldhaus (1920–2010). The longtime director of the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss built up the art historical collections of the museum, in particular acquiring works by the Pre-Raphaelites, Symbolists and the Nabis before other German museums discovered these artists. In private life she was an avid collector of popular prints. She donated her extensive collection to the city of Neuss and it formed the foundation for the establishment of the Feld-Haus. Popular Imagery is the term used for graphic prints that were brought out in large numbers for a broad section of the population, such as devotional images, greeting cards, friendship and calling cards, printed wall paintings, broadsheets with illustrated narratives, cardboard sheets for handi crafts, paper crèches, broadsheets with pictures of current events, paper games and much more. The Feld-Haus invites visitors to explore these worlds of pictures. The collection focuses particularly on the 18th and 19th centuries, giving fascinating insights into the cultural history of that period. Multimedia stations provide more infor mation on the objects and themes. Alongside the permanent collection, two or three special exhibitions can be seen every year. The Feld-Haus collection is available for perusal by collectors and researchers on request.
Museum of Popular Imagery
Berger Weg 5
(in KirkebyFeld between
Insel Hombroich and Rocket Station)