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.
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.
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.
An extension is currently being added to the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst. This is expected to be opened at the end of 2019. This extension shall provide 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.
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