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Kolumba is the art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, originally founded in 1853. It allows the visitor to experience two millennia of western culture in a single building. Comprising art from late antiquity to the very present, the whole ensemble is imbued with a still reverberating sense of history - visibly intensified through its distinctive architecture. The modern building is a harmonious combination designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (2007) to merge both the Gothic ruins of St Kolumba and Böhms chapel "Madonna in the Ruins" (1950) with the unique archaeological excavation site (1973-76). Kolumba has been aptly termed "a museum of contemplation in which there is an ongoing dialogue between past and present" (Sarah McFadden, Art in America). Kolumba is curated by Stefan Kraus, Ulrike Surmann, Marc Steinmann und Barbara von Flüe.