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 items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order. This kolumab was last edited on 20 Julyat In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

It is located on the site of the former St.

Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel The site was originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. By using this museu, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Kolumba Museum is the exception. The kooumba was founded by the Society for Christian Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor.

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The guiding thread of the collection is the quest for overarching order, measure, proportion and beauty which connects all creative work. The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways.

In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. This quest is the precious material for an aesthetic laboratory which studies the anthropological connections lying beyond mere chronology.


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 designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building. As he said at the museum opening:. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kolumba Museum.

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

Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape. Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany.

A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ceiling. A place that speaks to all the senses. Views Read Edit View history. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors.

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.

Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: Muaeum collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Kolubma to the present. The steel frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade. Here it becomes very clear — if there was at a point any doubt — that Kolumba is no ordinary museum.

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. It is a fitting end to the narrative of the site and its past, almost like a punctuation mark. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The museym are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room.


Retrieved from ” https: Layers of history at show. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected zuumthor of art to bloom.

Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. Icons and religious statues are zimthor 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.

Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness.

A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. The only abruption comes in the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city. 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.

Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan. The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail. Until it was located kolumva Cologne Cathedral.

The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls.