Interplay of old and new
At the Kolumba, one of the oldest museums in Cologne, you can marvel at two thousand years of occidental culture. Kolumba is the art museum of the archdiocese of Cologne and was founded in 1853 as the Diözesanmuseum Köln.
The architecture is particularly impressive: the museum consists of the war ruins of the late Gothic church of St. Kolumba, the chapel "Madonna in den Trümmern" (1950), the archaeological excavation (1973-1976) and a new building designed by the Swiss architect and Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor and was inaugurated in 2007. This interaction of old and new, of ruins and modern architecture, makes the Kolumba a very special place.
In addition, there is the collection, which ranges from Late Antiquity to the present day - from Romanesque sculpture to contemporary spatial installations, from medieval paintings to Conceptual Art. The museum owns works by artists of the 1970s avant-garde, such as Joseph Beuys or Manolo Millares, as well as works of contemporary art, including Rebecca Horn, Agnes Martin and Chris Newman. The guiding principle of the collection is the search for a comprehensive order, regularity, and beauty.
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