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. Using our custom trip planner, Cologne attractions like Kolumba can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Long chose the Museum reviews liked this. Not the highest price for museums in Cologne, 5 euros for adults. Is a 21 room, each of which represented approximately from 3 to 10 exhibits, all mixed up, the ancient excavations near incomprehensible contemporary art. While it cannot be said that ancient exhibits can give a person an idea of any particular era or place. Often simply not associated artifacts, many of the Church. With respect to exhibits of modernity-full trash. Feature of the Museum is that next to the exhibits have no explanation and at the entrance to give a book with a description of each. Books in English and German, English is quite complicated, so understand exactly description failed had to imagine much. In General, we, of course, the fun of kaljak-malyak, but understand the sacred meaning and did not understand. So, who does not speak English at the very highest level and not a fan of modern trash, don't waste your time.
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  • The architect has created a massive work, since he has made a colossal Museum building on ancient foundations, a church, a chapel. The different exhibition rooms on three floors are very simply but perfectly designed for various exhibitions. Frameless Windows offer magnificent views, have well to capture the dimensions but also much brightness. The precious works of art of from different periods are presented in impressively. But only with the help of a small pocket book, which is issued to visitors can be identified the works. A very successful process, which could be complemented by a modern, digital solution but. This form of support for young visitors might be more appropriate. The booklet with extensive texts is a my case a special occasion to deepen the experience alone at home. Currently, is the façade for constructional reasons under a scaffold which can in turn be used by current artists to experiments.
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  • Sue knit a piece around a religious art museum exhibits works by Gen, whereas Cole called the religious art museum, the Rumba similar themes in the piece, of course, a wide variety of works and paintings, ornaments etc. and got much more interesting. After the war, Switzerland's famous architect the Church call the Roomba by converting it into a Museum, making it more and more. Although the Museum was built on the collapsed Church by converting part of the old trail was left on the ground floor. Just a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral, take a couple of minutes, please note
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  • Nice Museum, super friendly people. But there is no English guide there. Better know some German. Anyway I like the building itself. super cool
  • Didn't have a clue what was going on because there isn't a word of English, but the people standing around were fantastically helpful (even though they looked rather serious). The museum is really excellent and the curation and display of art is outstanding.
  • Contemplating the centuries, even millennia, of layers of architecture that are the foundations of this place sets the mind to wonder the ephemera and eternities of human culture. The art exhibitions in the lobby and upstairs continue this theme; during my visit there were interesting juxtapositions of both ancient and modern works sometimes without any obvious thematic connection, sometimes commenting on each other, always provoking feelings or thoughts.
  • Interesting building with good architecture but it can be a bit underwhelming when you see that many of the materials have cracks in them which Zumthor probably didn't calculate. The doorman was supposed to open the door for me... which he didn't and the atmosphere in the exhibition rooms is a bit off as there is staff in every single room and it feels like they're watching every step you take. The reading room was my personal favourite.
  • Masterpiece by Peter Zumthor. Quiet space made by simple materials and perfect details. A place can wash all the bad things out of your mind.

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