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Kolumba, Cologne

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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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  • This is one of those museums that is off the beaten track and is so offbeat that there will be no possibility of hordes of Chinese meandering around clicking selfies. It is a wonderful blend of the mo...  read more »
  • An interesting Museum of Cologne, close to the Cathedral. The current building was constructed in place of the demolished Church during the war. The Museum features a variety of exposure, both from the middle ages, and modern art. We got to the exhibition-an installation designed by the contemporary German artist-designer hosting the exposition in the meaning that the artist is not allocated a seat, and her works were integrated into existing exposure, and should be considered in the context of other exhibits, including an earlier in time. An interesting idea. The main attraction of the Museum-ivory crucifix, created in the twelfth century.
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  • The building is worth to be visited, at least if not interested in religious art is, from outside and without paying entrance, seen the ruins of the old church and as the building was constructed integradolas.
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  • 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.
  • one of the best architecture museums ever . i consider it a must in cologne
  • An amazing space. It is a must to go and see when you visit Cologne. The architecture is (one of) the main events. The floor looks like it floats... the stairs are inspirational and the art is impressive (i am not in to such historic pieces, but they have some amazing modern pieces to satisfy everyone's preference). As a very side note and observation... go to the bathroom near the entrance. The interior are all steel, but you would never really notice it... amazing. enjoy.
  • Impressive building with great interiors and inside light.
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