KOLUMBA MUSEUM ZUMTHOR PDF

In those medieval times, Saint Kolumba Parish was the biggest and leading church in the city. Strong it stood for decades until when the whole site was hit by a bombing that catastrophically demolished everything in its wake. In the church, the only thing to survive that war unscathed was an old Gothic image of the Virgin placed on a pillar. The site after the bombing in In , after the Kolumba Art Society had taken over the land, it put out a competition to build what would become the Kolumba museum. The Kolumba Art Society keeps a lot of Christian art, and so it needed a place that would be the homage for their art pieces. It made more sense to put up the museum at the former site of the Kolumba church in remembrance to the history, importance and stature of what the church represented.

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In those medieval times, Saint Kolumba Parish was the biggest and leading church in the city. Strong it stood for decades until when the whole site was hit by a bombing that catastrophically demolished everything in its wake.

In the church, the only thing to survive that war unscathed was an old Gothic image of the Virgin placed on a pillar. The site after the bombing in In , after the Kolumba Art Society had taken over the land, it put out a competition to build what would become the Kolumba museum. The Kolumba Art Society keeps a lot of Christian art, and so it needed a place that would be the homage for their art pieces. It made more sense to put up the museum at the former site of the Kolumba church in remembrance to the history, importance and stature of what the church represented.

Peter Zumthor won the competition with a modest design that would utilise thin, textured, grey handmade brick by Tegl Petersen of Denmark.

Additionally, in , the site was given higher status as a historical symbol when Roman, Gothic and medieval ruins were discovered under the old church. The winning proposal by Zumthor promised to conserve the ruins and build on the archaeological site without impacting its symbol as a historical monument. The winding passage ensures that there is minimal impact by visitors on the archaeological site. The connection between the colour of the material, form and the ruins is the art of simplicity.

In other rooms, shadows casting on the walls with patches of diffused light due to the perforations on the brick wall give a strong artistic impression.

Somehow the building sits back to allow the art pieces to stand out, and yet if you look again, it manages to stand out. The chapel designed in was wrapped into the Kolumba museum and it hosts the image that survived in the bombing as a sign of hope. Outside the building at the back, a Zen effect is created by still backyards with patches of the ruins here and there.

Famous sculptors like Richard Serra and Joseph Wolf exhibit their work in these courts. As well as being a space for housing a collection of Catholic art, the Kolumba museum captures its visitors with serenity, meditation, sincerity, and a sign of reaching out to the past that was destroyed by a moment of war.

It is a place for Catholic art, but artistically, it transcends any religion and sends a remarkable message of acceptance, moving on and hope.

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Pas in werd het beheer overgenomen door het aartsbisdom Keulen. Het museum was aanvankelijk een traditioneel bisschoppelijk museum met zalen vol religieuze beelden en schilderijen, gevestigd in een gebouw nabij de Dom van Keulen Thomaskapelle am Roncalliplatz. Na de verwoesting van het gebouw tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog , was het museum gevestigd in enkele zalen bij de Sint-Gereonskerk. Na het gereedkomen van de nieuwbouw in werd gekozen voor een andere opzet met vrijwel lege zalen, waarin enkele topstukken alle aandacht krijgen. Het minimalistisch vormgegeven gebouw incorporeert de resten van de kerk van Sint-Columba , in de middeleeuwen de grootste parochiekerk van Keulen. Het nieuwe gebouw van Zumthor respecteert deze bestaande structuren. Bijzondere aandacht is gegeven aan de lichtinval in de zalen en trappenhuizen.

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