The New Museum Folkwang

The new Museum Folkwang / Design: David Chipperfield ArchitectsThe new Museum Folkwang / Design: David Chipperfield Architects

The new Museum Folkwang / Design: David Chipperfield Architects

The new Folkwang Museum in all its splendour will transform Essen’s museums landscape once it opens the Capital of Culture year 2010. Funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, and penned by David Chipperfield Architects, the new design deliberately preserves the autonomy of the old listed building.

The new exhibition areas bathed in natural light continue its architectural tradition. The creativity that has gone into the design of the rest of the building is evident, for example, in the magnificent open stairway that will lead from the Bismarckstrasse into the new entrance foyer, the latter designed as an open inner courtyard with a café and restaurant, complete with a museum bookshop, and shielded by a glass façade looking out onto the street.

The Folkwang Museum owes its excellent international reputation to the outstanding collections of 19th century German and French paintings, Classical Modernism and post-war art. The photographic and graphic collections and the integrated German Poster Museum are also important components. Along with its large-scale public exhibitions, worthy of the international attention they attract, the museum's activities now focus primarily on contemporary art.

since January 30, 2010
Folkwang Museum, Essen
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 20:00, Fri 10:00 - 24:00, closed Mon

Partners: Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Neubau Museum Folkwang Essen GmbH, a Wolff Group company, the City of Essen, David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin/London

Exclusively financed by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation

You can find further information at:
www.museum-folkwang.de

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