Kolumba
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13 to 19 August 2005, 10am to 12pm
1st view! (Kolumbastraße 4)
The Ground Floor of the New Building

A star pulls behind it a blue lacquered cart filled with building blocks. It is intended as a “Portable Ocean”, a travelling sea. Art is able to create the unimaginable with the simplest means. Do we follow the star … where am I? Invisible doves fly across the exhibition space as wind blows through the walls and daylight falls in softly. A building made up of different time periods: is it a church, a ruin, a monument or a museum? The building created on the basis of the plans of the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor respects all the existing fragments of the two thousand year old architectural history of this location in Cologne’s city centre. The new building for the art museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne develops upon the wartime ruins of the late Gothic church of Saint Kolumba. It embraces in its core a gem of the 1950s: the chapel “Madonna in the Ruins”, which was built in 1949 according to a design by Gottfried Böhm. One can experience one of the densest archaeological zones of Europe as well as the remains of Roman houses, the foundations of several antecedent churches and modern burial vaults all in one and the same space. After three years of building works the shell of the almost finished building is accessible for the first time for World Youth Day. Some of the collection’s works are already in place: One can hear the synchronicity of the past and presence in Bill Fontana’s sound installation “Pigeon Soundings” recorded in 1994. “. In the future museum foyer a painting of a Baroque church interior questions the ability of paintings to evoke memories. – Let us follow the star! The new building and Kolumba’s art collection preserve the role of the church as cultural guardian and lead it into the future with the help of today’s technology.


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08/17 Ten Years Kolumba
04/17 Artist Talk
01/17 Series of Concerts
11/16 10th Soundworkshop
06/16 Eric Hattan & Julian Sartorius
06/15 FORSETI feat. subsTANZ
06/15 Cologne Opera
03/15 Animated Cartoon Workshop
11/14 Soundtrack (Achim Lengerer)
11/14 Edith Stein Conference
11/14 Sound Workshop
10/14 Philosophical Discussion
10/14 Albert-Talk
10/14 Seminar on Philosophy
06/14 Visiting Schools III
02/14 Barlach-Haus
11/13 Dance performance
11/13 Sound Workshop
10/13 E-MEX-Ensemble
10/13 4th Albert-Discussion
05/13 Performances
03/13 Horatiu Radulescu
11/12 Sound Workshop
10/12 E-MEX-Ensemble
09/12 Girls' Choir
08/12 Cage: Empty Words
08/12 Hosting Schools II
08/12 Many thanks to all of the...
07/12 Table Talks
06/12 Table Concert
06/12 The chamber of meditation
05/12 episteme
05/12 new talents
04/12 Cage: A Collection of Rocks
03/12 Cage: Number Pieces
03/12 Hans Otte
11/11 Sound Workshop
09/11 Imploding Desk
07/11 Finissage
07/11 Schulen zu Gast I
11/10 Sound Workshop
11/10 Joseph Marioni
06/10 Steffen Krebber
05/10 Holy-Spirit Retable
02/10 Bernhard Leitner
02/10 Ash Wednesday
11/09 Sound Workshop
11/08 Workshop
10/08 Donaueschingen Festival
06/08 Kolumba is singing!
04/07 Art Cologne
08/05 1st view!
12/04 The Pietà from St. Kolumba
11/03 Schauspielhaus Köln
 

 
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KOLUMBA :: Events :: 08/05 1st view!

13 to 19 August 2005, 10am to 12pm
1st view! (Kolumbastraße 4)
The Ground Floor of the New Building

A star pulls behind it a blue lacquered cart filled with building blocks. It is intended as a “Portable Ocean”, a travelling sea. Art is able to create the unimaginable with the simplest means. Do we follow the star … where am I? Invisible doves fly across the exhibition space as wind blows through the walls and daylight falls in softly. A building made up of different time periods: is it a church, a ruin, a monument or a museum? The building created on the basis of the plans of the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor respects all the existing fragments of the two thousand year old architectural history of this location in Cologne’s city centre. The new building for the art museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne develops upon the wartime ruins of the late Gothic church of Saint Kolumba. It embraces in its core a gem of the 1950s: the chapel “Madonna in the Ruins”, which was built in 1949 according to a design by Gottfried Böhm. One can experience one of the densest archaeological zones of Europe as well as the remains of Roman houses, the foundations of several antecedent churches and modern burial vaults all in one and the same space. After three years of building works the shell of the almost finished building is accessible for the first time for World Youth Day. Some of the collection’s works are already in place: One can hear the synchronicity of the past and presence in Bill Fontana’s sound installation “Pigeon Soundings” recorded in 1994. “. In the future museum foyer a painting of a Baroque church interior questions the ability of paintings to evoke memories. – Let us follow the star! The new building and Kolumba’s art collection preserve the role of the church as cultural guardian and lead it into the future with the help of today’s technology.