KUNSTMUSEUM BONN

PLACEText: Filip De Haes

The Kunstmuseum Bonn is located 3 km down south of the center of the city. You can access it easily by metro or walk along the railroad through the Kaiserstrasse to enjoy a quiet walk along beautiful old houses, avoiding most of the B9 four-lane-road until you’re close to the museum. You will instantly recognize the big and modern building by Axel Schultes.

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Kunstmuseum Bonn, Entrance

The first rooms show works of August Macke. Macke lived in Bonn in the early 20th century. As an expressionist, he played with high contrast colors to express the current mood. Further rooms show often similar works of other artists. The last room of the older section shows remarkable works of surrealist Max Ernst.

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Videos by Dennis Oppenheim, Frontal video: Airpressure (Hand), 1971

One large room shows videos of the American performance artist Dennis Oppenheim. Oppenheim was one of the first artists to use video in relation to body art.

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Works by Joseph Beuys

Another important room consists of many pieces of Joseph Beuys. You can clearly notice it’s one of the artists, whose ideas are more important than the practical elaboration of his pieces.

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Floor: Malerei by Adrian Schiess, 1997

The rest of the museum shows more recent modern art.

Unless you’re a fan of the German expressionists, or you like to wander around in a beautiful modern building with fairly empty rooms with often titleless works, it’s not really worth the trip. You can however combine it with the Haus der Geschichte Museum and the Bundeskunsthalle, both reachable on foot from the Kunstmuseum.

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00 (Wednesday till 21:00)
Closed on Monday
Admission: 7€
Tel: +49 228 776260
http://www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de

Text: Filip De Haes
Photos: Filip De Haes

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