Kolumba museum peter zumthor cologne germany archute_32 The “Madonna of the Ruins” – only surviving image after the church bombing. danish photographer rasmus hjortshøj has shared new images of peter zumthor’s kolumba museum in the german city of cologne. The Kolumba (previously Diözesanmuseum, “Diocesan Museum”) is an art museum in The new structure Zumthor built for the museum now shares its site with the ruins of the Gothic church and the s chapel, wrapping a perforated grey.

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The Kolumba Museum is the exception. Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany.

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A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. Zumthod allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: The only abruption comes in the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city.

The work on the project yielded the following reduction: This quest is the precious material for an aesthetic museym which studies the anthropological connections lying beyond mere chronology. A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ceiling. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum in cologne photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor. The occasion is the new building for the Cologne Diocese Museum, which was established in and which features an extraordinary collection spanning from early Christianity to contemporary art. Columba church, and run by the Archdiocese of Cologne. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


Kolumba Museum

Layers of history at show. Apart from a series of holes puncturing the facades halfway up and some large, square windows, it appears to be a closed box of slender and neatly aligned light grey bricks. The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail.


It is one of the oldest museums in the city, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A place that speaks to all the senses.

Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan. Views Read Edit View history. Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. Its new home, built from —07, was designed by Peter Zumthor and inaugurated by Joachim Meisner.

Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. It is located on the site of the former St.

This page was last miseum on 20 Julyat As he said at the museum opening:. The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom. The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape.

It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. The new mudeum designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building. As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse. Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kolumba Museum stands today. The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins.

The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors. The site was originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself. Until it was located near Cologne Cathedral.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kolumba Museum. Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present.

The guiding thread of the collection is the quest for overarching order, measure, proportion and beauty which connects all creative work. The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying kolumab with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways.

Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery. The steel frames zmthor the brick coat like brooches kolumb segment the monumental facade. In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness.

The building does not reveal a lot from the outside. The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room.

What they all have in common is the reduced materiality of the brick, mortar, plaster and terrazzo in front of which will appear the works of art. As you stand amidst the room with all layers of history exposed, protected by the outer walls that gently wraps everything together, there is a serene calmness and odd timelessness.

Icons and religious statues are standing shoulder to shoulder with contemporary art installations — and as if this is not confusing in itself, the visitors are left completely to their own devices, as there is no accompanying text to be found. Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel