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

The largest room of the building encompasses the two thousand year structure of the city as an uncensored memory landscape. Throughout the history of Cologne, since the earliest Roman settlements, churches have stood on the site where the Kolumba Museum stands today.

Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects.

Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. A secret garden, mjseum ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: 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.

Inside the building a peaceful courtyard takes the place of a lost medieval cemetery. Kplumba work on the project yielded the following reduction: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. Until it was located near Cologne Cathedral. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


Kolumba – Wikipedia

The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in The chapel is removed from the changing cityscape and given a final location, in which it will be assured a dignified continuing existence.

In adopting the original plans and building on the ruins, the new building becomes part of the architectural continuum. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors. Here it becomes very clear — if there was at a point any doubt — that Kolumba is no ordinary museum.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kolumba Museum. Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions. 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. This page was last edited on 20 Julyat As he said at the museum opening:. The building does not reveal a lot from the outside. Its spatial structure was similarly developed from the idiosyncratic ground plan.

The kolmuba frames decorate the brick coat like brooches and segment the monumental facade. It is one of the oldest museums in the city, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. 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.


Back at the foyer, a narrow staircase takes you upstairs to the art exhibit, where the collection of the Archdiocese, who commissioned mseum museum, is at show. The site was originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. The Kolumba Museum is the exception. The items muzeum generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order.

Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel Layers of history at show. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present.

Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Cologne Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany.

It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. A place as evocative as it is intellectually and physically stimulating. As with Zumthor himself, the location mseum most of his works, are notoriously recluse. 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. Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness.

The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls. Views Read Edit View history.