Saturday, January 30, 2010

Essen's Folkwang Art Museum Gets a New Home

Germany's Latest Architectural Landmark

One of the most important museums in Essen, Germany is opening the doors of its new home this weekend, underlining the city's status as European Capital of Culture in 2010. The Essen Folkwang Museum now houses its prestigious collection in a shiny glass-clad shell designed by the British architect David Chipperfield.

It was probably one of the most expensive beach trips in the history of the German island of Sylt: In the summer of 2006, Berthold Beitz, chairman of a the Krupp Stiftung charitable foundation went for a stroll on the North Sea island. Looking up at the cloud formations, he was reminded of pictures by Emil Nolde. Then he recalled how badly renovations were needed at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, which is home to a number of Nolde's works. Not long after that, the sky had earthly consequences: Beitz announced that the Krupp Foundation would pay for a €55 million ($76.5 million) revamp of the museum.

The plan dreamt up on that warm summer day has become reality in the bitter cold of January 2010. During its opening week, the bulk of the new building was covered in a thick layer of snow, making it look like a massive snowflake had landed.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,674895,00.html

Photo Gallery: Essen's New Art Landmark: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-51307.html

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

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