Museum Insel Hombroich

Minkel, Holzheim, Neuss

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The Museum Insel Hombroich (Museum Island Hombroich), Neuss, Germany, is both a park and a museum combining architecture, art and nature over 62 acres of meadowland. The park includes the "Kirkeby-Feld" and the "Raketenstation" ("rocket station"), a disused NATO missile base. The museum located on the Museum Island is called "Museum Insel Hombroich". It presents both antique art from Asia and modern art. The Museum and the grounds around it are part of the "Stiftung Insel Hombroich", which was founded in 1996.

Place category
Museum
Address
Minkel, Holzheim, Neuss
Website
http://www.inselhombroich.de/
Admission fee
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The Museum Insel Hombroich (Museum Island Hombroich), Neuss, Germany, is both a park and a museum combining architecture, art and nature over 62 acres of meadowland. The park includes the "Kirkeby-Feld" and the "Raketenstation" ("rocket station"), a disused NATO missile base. The museum located on the Museum Island is called "Museum Insel Hombroich". It presents both antique art from Asia and modern art. The Museum and the grounds around it are part of the "Stiftung Insel Hombroich", which was founded in 1996.

The inception of the Museum Insel Hombroich occurred in 1982 when real estate agent and art collector Karl Heinrich Müller purchased Rosa Haus ("Pink House"), an overgrown industrialist's villa with garden, which was built in 1816. Müller's intention was to support local artists and architects. Landscape architect Bernhard Korte, who was commissioned to redesign the park, restored the old gardens and created minimalist landscapes. From 1982 to 1994 sculptor Erwin Heerich created eleven exhibition pavilions, which Müller called "chapels in the landscape". Heerich's elemental sculptures became the design base for these gallery pavilions.

The buildings include artworks from the collection of Karl Heinrich Müller, among them works by Hans Arp, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Eduardo Chillida, Lovis Corinth, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia, Rembrandt, Kurt Schwitters, and works from early China.

Artists retired from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf took up residence on the Museum Island, among them Anatol, who set up his studio in a former barn, and the late Gotthard Graubner.

Between 1995 and 2009, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has been working on an architecture museum on Hombroich island, completed in collaboration with Rudolf Finsterwalder.

In 2015, the Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson exhibited some 40 of his works from the Boros Collection in the rooms of the Langen Foundation.

References

Further reading

  • Britta Heidel, Museumsinsel Hombroich, Kombination antiker mit moderner Kunst. GRIN Verlag für akademische Texte, 2006.
  • Udo Weilacher, "Museum Island Hombroich: Art in an artificial Arcadia", in In Gardens: Profiles of Contemporary European Landscape Architecture (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2005), p. 75-81.

External links

  • Goethe Institut: Insel Hombroich - 'Art Parallel to Nature'
  • Insel Hombroich: A Unique Nature & Art Preserve in Neuss, Germany: Fusion of Architecture, Art & Nature
  • Stiftung Insel Hombroich: Gebäude auf der Raketenstation Hombroich


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