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MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst

With thousands of square kilometres of exhibition space, a list of artists ranging from Anselm Kiefer to Gerhard Richter, a diverse programme and a striking building located in Duisburg's trendy Inner Harbour – the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst is a must-see for everyone.

Opened in 1999, the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst has grown into one of the leading art museums in the Metropolis Ruhr. A blend of industrial culture and white cube aesthetic, the museum is located in a former granary. Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron transformed the building, which was used to store corn until the 1970s, into a diverse centre for art with light and airy rooms. The stairwell is a particular highlight – and not only for fans of architecture.


A tour of post-war art

The museum possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of German post-war art. Visitors are taken on a unique tour through multiple decades of outstanding artworks which ranges from the 1950s to the present. Sylvia and Ulrich Ströher's extensive collection is on display here.

From the Informel to concrete art, from minimal art and Fluxus to conceptual art, the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst allows visitors to follow the development of the post-war German avant-garde through concrete examples – to an extent which is without peer in the Ruhr area.


Excellent Painting

Painting as an art form is represented on a grand scale here, with entire groups of works from artists such as Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lüpertz, A. R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, Imi Knoebel and Gerhard Richter. However, the museum also features photography (from Bernd and Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer and Hans-Christian Schink, among others) and sculpture, especially sculptures by Norbert Kricke and Hans Uhlmann.

The collection's key works are displayed in 15 generously-sized rooms across two floors, occupying a total exhibition space of approximately 2,500 m².


A Spectular Extension

An extension has currently being added to the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst. This extension provides a healthy additional 2,500 m² of exhibition space, effectively doubling the existing space. What's more, the historic silos will be fitted with a viewing platform, making them accessible to visitors for the very first time.

The aim of the extension is to display the Ströher collection in its entirety. This project was made possible thanks to the MKM-Stiftung, which was founded by Sylvia and Ulrich Ströher.


E.W. NAY, Elysée, 1952. NATIONAL-BANK Sammlung (c) Ernstwilhelm Nay: Ernst Wilhelm Nay Stiftung. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023.

21. June 2023

Filmabend im MKM – E. W. Nay und die Schönheit der Farbe

Im Rahmen unserer Retrospektive von Ernst Wilhelm Nay findet am 21. Juni 2023 um 18:00 Uhr eine spektakuläre Sonderveranstaltung statt. Zusammen mit der Vorführung des Films „Atelierbesuch E. W. Nay“ von Michael Blackwood werden Siegfried Gohr, Kay Heymer, der Maler Jerry Zeniuk und die Kuratorin der aktuellen Ausstellung Eva Müller Remmert ein öffentliches Gespräch führen, bei dem die Farbe als Ausdrucksmittel der modernen Malerei im Zentrum steht.

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gohr (*1949 in Aachen) ist Kunsthistoriker, Kurator und freier Publizist und Autor einer umfangreichen Monografie über Ernst Wilhelm Nay, die im Herbst 2023 erscheint.
Prof. Jerry Zeniuk (*1945 in Bardowick, Niedersachsen) ist ein deutsch-amerikanischer Maler, der sich mit abstrakter Farbfeldmalerei beschäftigt. Er war von 1993 bis 2011 Professor für Malerei an der Akademie der bildenden Künste in München. Sein Buch How To Paint erschien 2017.

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