It doesn't take much to turn an unassuming building into a fantastic museum. All you need is to take something like a former electronics store, transform it with magnificent architecture, and add an extension to increase its size. This is precisely what happened with the Museum DKM in Duisburg, a museum which is well worth a visit.
The Museum DKM opened near Duisburg's main train station in January 2009, shortly before the Ruhr area was awarded the title European Capital of Culture as part of the RUHR.2010 campaign. This makes it the second-youngest museum in the RuhrKunstMuseen network (with the Emil Schumacher Museum in Hagen opening its doors for the first time only a few months later). The name of this privately-owned museum can be traced back to the initials of its founders, art collectors Dirk Krämer and Klaus Maas.
In the exhibitions in the Museum DKM, oriental, Far Eastern and Ancient Egyptian art which dates back almost 5,000 years meets newer art from the second half of the 20th century – paintings, photographs, sculptural works and room installations.
The works at the Museum DKM deliberately focus on a few exemplary, condensed topics, taken from art old and new across five millennia, as well as on exceptional artistic personalities whose work helped influence entire artistic styles. Notable artists such as Eduardo Chillida, Richard Serra, Richard Long, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Norbert Kricke are all featured within the collection.
Particularly worth seeing are Ai Weiwei's colourful vases, which act as a bridge between the Contemporary Avant-Garde and Far Eastern artistic tradition. The collection – which is also home to the Ernst-Hermann-Archiv (Ernst Hermann Archive) – is rounded off with selected burial objects from Ancient Egypt, ritual vessels from Amlash, Khmer art, scroll paintings from Japan, and the graphic works of Blinky Palermo.
The themes connecting these works are also reflected in the architectural language of the purist 1960s building: minimalism, meditation and clear, timeless shapes. Swiss architect Hans Rohr was responsible for realising the founders' vision, i. e. that architecture should serve art.
In accordance with its motto "lines of quiet beauty", the museum spans five floors and cover an area of 2,700 m² across 51 rooms. So as not to interfere with any of the installations, none of the exhibits in the museum are labelled. The museum aims to provide visitors with an objective visual experience when entering the various artist rooms and themed rooms.
The Collection DKM combines five very different areas: Contemporary art since the 1960s – Art from the Far East that is well over 2000 years old and also contemporary art from China, Korea, and Japan – Art from Ancient Egypt – Classical and contemporary photography – Ceramics and glass from 5,000 years of cultural history.
26. March – 25. September 2022
In the current exhibition Beauty and Elemental Forces of Nature. Claudia Terstappen, Museum DKM presents a selection of nature photographs by artist Claudia Terstappen (DE, 1959). The black-and-white photographs from the 1990s and early 2000s present a selection from the extensive collection holdings that Claudia Terstappen’s oeuvre has occupied in the DKM Collection since the ...
26. March – 25. September 2022
The exhibition EROS in Expectation of Eternity presents a significant collection focus of the DKM Foundation: the male nude in photography and sculpture from the late 19th century to the present day. The title suggests sensual, heroic, and mythologically charged works intertwined with the beauty of antiquity and confronting transience. While the nude female body, ...
03. June 2022
Nach einem Streifzug durch die beiden Wechselausstellungen EROS in Erwartung der Ewigkeit sowie Schönheit und Urkräfte der Natur. Claudia Terstappen, werden Ihnen weitere Sammlungsstücke mit Landschaftsbezug vorgestellt. Die inszenierten Ausblicke auf die das Gebäude umgebenden Skulpturengärten werden ebenso in den Fokus genommen wie die chinesischen Gelehrtensteine, die an Gebirge erinnern.
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