Acclaimed State Exibition on "The Naumburg Master" in 2011
The German Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt was proud to host a State
exhibition in 2011, entitled: "The Naumburg Master - Sculptor and Architect
in the Europe of Cathedrals". An astonishing number of 200.000 visitors came
to see the Naumburg Master's work on display in Naumburg, including loaned
sculptures from France, Poland, Great Britain, Austria, and the USA. The
exhibition had a shared patronage of both the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela
Merkel, and the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Recent research has shown that the famous workshop of stonemasons and
sculptors we refer to as the Naumburg Master was trained while working on
the Cathedral building projects in northern France in the 1220s. The
workshop then turned to Metz, Mainz, and Naumburg.
Supported by an excellent international network of museums and scientific
institutions, this exhibition project gained a tremendous insight on the
cultural trade and exchange in Europe in the High Middle Ages.
Banner for the acclaimed state exibition on "The Naumburg Master" in 2011
"Meeting of Utas" every year in March
The now universally acclaimed sculpture of Uta of Naumburg became a widely
known icon in the second half of the 19th century. Since then many families
took to naming their children after Uta, making it a popular girls name in
Germany until today. For that reason the city of Naumburg and the Cathedral
Chapter have called upon all bearers of that name to reunite once a year in
Naumburg at the feet of their ancestress. Every year in March, Utas from
all over the World come to Naumburg to learn about the famous sculpture and
its history and to exchange their personal family history with other
descendants of Uta-admirers. More than 1200 Utas have taken part in recent
Meeting of Utas
Exhibition coming up in 2017 - "Interconfessional Dialog"
The history of the Naumburg Cathedral surely had its prime in the High
Middle Ages, but it did not end there. It became the site of a scandal shaking the continent in 1542, when reformer
Martin Luther from nearby Wittenberg came to Naumburg to inaugurate here in
the Cathedral the first ever Lutheran bishop, Nikolaus von Amsdorf. The
Reformation had thus grown from a movement of protest, that set out in
Wittenberg in 1517 when Martin Luther published his 95 Thesis, to a
structured church in its own right.
Banners for Luther 2017 and Exhibit "Interconfessional Dialog"
To this day more than 400 million people
are members of the churches of the Reformation. In honor of this event the Naumburg Cathedral Chapter (Vereinigte
Domstifter) is preparing a grand exhibition in nearby Zeitz, partaking in
the Quincentenary of the Reformation in 2017 (see
It is largely funded
by the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Saxony-Anhalt, the diocese
of Magdeburg, and the Evangelical Church in Central Germany.
Learn all about the exhibition project "Interconfessional Dialog" at www.reformation-zeitz2017.de
sure to visit the Naumburg region between June 5th and November 1st of 2017!