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Kolumba, Cologne

(4.3/5 based on 200 reviews on the web)
Built around the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. Columba, which was destroyed in World War II, the starkly modern Kolumba displays the art collection of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne. Paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Late Antiquity to the modern era are mixed together, with no informational plaques or chronological or stylistic order. Guests are simply invited to contemplate the oddly discordant space and artwork. The minimalist building, designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, mirrors the art collection within, highlighting the dissonance between modernity and the ancient ruins of war. Highlights include a 12th-century ivory crucifix in Romanesque Rhenish style, an extensive rosary collection, and Jannis Kounellis' Tragedia Civile dating from 1975. Use our Cologne vacation generator to add Kolumba and other attractions to your Cologne vacation plans.
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  • I dared find here the Museum of architecture, is something else. But the collection could not convince me. The cross of forth Iman is the highlight for me.
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  • The only featured at the Museum is the building itself: intriguing, includes as the architect the existing foundations in his building. The play of light in the room full of ruins is atmospherically really indescribable. This entry worthwhile. I found the exhibition itself totally disappointing, and modern "art" without any reference Besides religious statues. Almost every object, one wonders what's there. Is a feeling of alienation. The concrete stresses how stiff and remote is the Church of the people, the compilation raises the question whether Church at any price must be modern. What do an octopus in the Museum or modern furnishing concepts to seek? I am openly and impartially in the exhibition and found them totally disappointing. My Tip: See bottom left room on the ground floor, admire architecture and go right back!
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  • The fascinating architecture of Peter Zumthor is alone worth a visit. More so than here, a brilliant integration of the remnants of the destroyed, late Gothic Kolumba Church, as well as the dating back to the Roman period, including excavated remains of the old Cologne is managed. A fantastic arch over 2000 years will hit here! -The large collection of old religious art (the former Diocesan Museum) and modern art are presented in changing exhibitions. A beautiful, panelled reading room invites you to stay and leaves of plants, and on the top floor, a large window opened an impressive view of the Cathedral. -A single point of criticism I have of the current presentation: one of my favorite works, "Tragedia civile" by Jannis Kounellis, is through a work from Chris Newmann to, that one hardly can - guess the touching effect of Kounellis' Arte Povera installation and this should be a tribute to Kounellis' 80th birthday? For the presentation of a series of fantastic Gothic sculptures of Heinrich Parler et al. from the archivolts of the Peters portal of Cologne Cathedral compensation in the current exhibition.
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  • Very nice museum where history and modern art is naturally tight together. Located in the center, cheap tickets and much to have a look at. Definitely worth to visit.
  • Kolumba is a very special museum which blends architecture, art and religion in one. Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, the Museum was built on the ruins of a Gothic church Kolumba and it was wrapped by new wall inside the lower 2 floors of the Museum as a part of the exhibition in a form of ruins. A small chapel is also designed next to the ruin. The display in the 3-floor museum is also interesting as there are both traditional religious art artefacts with some contemporary art installations, placing side by side or even crossing-over each other. Certainly, you cannot miss the White minimalistic exhibition spaces and its small garden designed by Zumthor.
  • A beautiful superposition of ancient and modern architecture, creating a surprising atmosphere of quiescence.
  • Der archäologische Bereich ist einen Besuch wert. Tolle Architektur.
  • one of the best architecture museums ever . i consider it a must in cologne