Contemplative collection for a meditative museum building: The Kolumba in Cologne

text roberto voorbij image roberto voorbij & kerstin heyen

Apart from the mandatory visits to the Cathedral and the Museum Ludwig the Kolumba absolutely belongs to the ‘must sees’ in Cologne as well. This – by Peter Zumthor designed – beautiful construction is halfway between a museum and a church. Zumthor’s modern design is quite literally located on the ruins of the church of St. Kolumba – hence the name – and forms a whole with the Böhm’s chapel. But it’s above all the overall contemplative atmosphere in which both classical and modern art is displayed which makes this a meditative and reflective experience.

Depicted are works of the exhibition ‘Playing by Heart’ which runs until August 24, 2015.

Kolumba06Esther Kläs – 0/6 (rumba) (2013).

Kolumba07Jannis Kounellis – Tragedia civile (1994).

Kolumba05Jannis Kounellis – Tragedia civile (1994).

Kolumba03Robert Klümpen – Je t’aime (2011).

Kolumba08Michael Buthe – Untitled (1992).

Kolumba09Michael Buthe – Untitled (1992).

Kolumba04Kolumba, reading room.

Kolumba02
Roni_Horn – When The How and The What Are The Same (1991).

Kolumba01Roni Horn – When The How and The What Are The Same (1991).

Kolumba10Bernhard Leitner – Serpentinata (2004/2014).

Kolumba11Bernhard Leitner – Serpentinata (2004/2014).

Kolumba12Madonna with the grape, Bavaria (± 1480). Hartmut Neumann – Vogelwelt I und II (1995).

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2 Responses to Contemplative collection for a meditative museum building: The Kolumba in Cologne

  1. The Jannis Kounellis installation holds a fascination and conveys great emotion within me, because it has a familiarity (the hat and coat, personal items) while also a great emptiness and loneliness (great, large space with nothing human in it). This post is very intriguing thank you.

    • Thank you Lance for your kind response. And I agree with your analysis of the Kounellis installation. The importance of using recognizable elements, to tell a story the viewer can relate to. And yes, it seems someone has left… has gone…

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