KOLUMBA - Diocesan Museum architectural aesthetics light and proportion

Kolumba is the art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne ...


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Kolumba art museum

Kolumba is the art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany, located at the site of the Roman church St. Kolumba, which has been destroyed during world war 2. Kolumba is one of the oldest museums in Cologne, originally founded in 1853. Since 2004, the museum has borne the name of its new location amidst the ruins of the late Gothic parish church of St Kolumba, thus providing a spiritual home to the collection.

Peter Zumthor architect 

A triad of place, collection, and architecture, it allows the visitor to experience two millennia of western culture in a single building. Comprising art from late antiquity to the very present, the whole ensemble is imbued with a still reverberating sense of history - visibly intensified through its distinctive architecture. The modern building is designed by the  Swiss architect Peter Zumthor in 2007 to merge the Gothic ruins of St Kolumba with the unique archaeological excavation site (1973-76) with and Gottfried Boehm's chapel »Madonna in the Ruins« (1950). Kolumba has been aptly termed »a museum of contemplation in which there is an ongoing dialogue between past and present« (Sarah McFadden, Art in America).
For more information see: cube-koeln.de, Kulumba Museum  
Fotos: Kulumba Museum and  ©Raimond Spekking, photographer / CC-BY-SA-4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

Kolumba archdiocesan museum in Cologne - Germany

Architect: Peter Zumthor
located: Cologne - Germany
building type: Museum
year of completion: 2007 ad
museum of the year 2013 –  2014 

For more detailed information click the web link. 


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