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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Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church zuumthor St. Back at the foyer, a narrow staircase takes you upstairs to the art exhibit, where the collection of the Archdiocese, who commissioned the museum, is at show.

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.

The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present. Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness.

It might appear to be hopeless to reconcile these many layers of history, but it seems Zumthor chose to to see zkmthor as a challenge and he has intelligently managed to add to the architectural continuum, while keeping and embracing the pre-existing fragments. A museum as a garden continually bringing a few alternately selected works of art to bloom.

Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor. A secret garden, stone mjseum, a uniquely dense archaeological site: As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse. This quest is the precious material for an aesthetic laboratory which studies the anthropological connections lying beyond mere chronology. The site was originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan.


It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. Views Read Edit View history.

peter zumthor’s kolumba museum photographed by rasmus hjortshøj

The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways. The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. The occasion is the new building for the Cologne Diocese Museum, which was established in and which features an extraordinary collection spanning klumba early Christianity to contemporary art.

A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ,olumba. Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. A place that speaks to all the senses.

The work on the project yielded the following reduction: 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. The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence.

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Layers of history at show. You feel the desire shared between client and architect to create something unique, something more than the museum itself. The steel frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade.

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.

Until it was located near Cologne Cathedral. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room.


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

A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. As you stand amidst the room with all layers of history exposed, protected by koluumba outer walls that gently wraps everything together, there is a serene calmness and odd timelessness.

Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kolumba Museum stands today. Kolumba allows visitors to immerse themselves in the presence of their memories and offers them their own experiences on their way. The building does not reveal a lot from the outside. Mjseum of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions. Columba church, and run by the Archdiocese of Cologne.

This page was last edited on 20 Julyat The guiding thread of the collection is the quest for overarching order, measure, proportion and beauty which connects all creative work.

Kolumba Museum

The items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order. Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany. The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape. Retrieved from ” https: Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors.

The new building designed by Peter Zumthor transfers the sum of the existing fragments into one complete building. Here it becomes very clear — if there was at a point any doubt — that Kolumba is no ordinary museum.