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 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.

As with Zumthor himself, the location of most of his works, are notoriously recluse. Kolumbaa 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.

Even the handrail is designed by Zumthor. The highly distinctive narrow staircase pressed between two concrete walls. Here, the exhibition rooms are subdued in color and scale with white concrete walls and polished floors. As you stand amidst the room with all layers of history exposed, protected by the outer walls musrum gently wraps everything together, there is a serene calmness and odd timelessness.


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It is located on the site of the former St. The Kolumba Museum is the exception. Peter Zumthor belongs to a rare breed of architects. As he said at the museum opening:. Though respectful of the location and the seriousness of its contents, Kolumba will emanate serenity and an inviting cheerfulness.

The sixteen exhibition rooms possess the most varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion und pathways. It stood untilwhere the site was tragically demolished — along with the rest of the city — by the allied air strike. It is one of the oldest museums in the city, alongside the Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

The walls are windowless apart from the perforations lining the top, casting filtered light into the double height room.

kolumva Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. The building does not reveal a lot from the outside. Kolumba will be a shadow museum which will evolve only in the course of the day and the seasons. The only abruption comes in the form of the large window sections that beautifully frames selected views of the city.

Its new home, built from —07, was designed by Peter Zumthor and inaugurated by Joachim Meisner.

Kolumba Museum

A zigzagging pathway guides you through the archaeological excavations between slim concrete columns pinning up the ceiling. 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.

The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art inand taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in Some of the wall-sized windows allow daylight to penetrate from all directions.


The warm grey brick of the massive building unite with the tuffs, basalt and bricks of the ruins. Kolumba Museum by Jakob Hybel It might appear to be hopeless to reconcile these many layers of history, but it seems Zumthor chose to to see it as a challenge and he has intelligently managed to add to the architectural continuum, while keeping and embracing the pre-existing fragments.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Apart kolmuba 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.

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

The new building develops seamlessly from the old remains whilst respecting it in every detail. Art museums and galleries in Germany Museums in Zumtnor Buildings and structures in Cologne Art museums established in establishments in Prussia establishments in Germany.

It is a fitting end to the narrative of the site and its past, almost like a punctuation mark.