by Vanna Villa

Not only because of its collection, but also because of its outstanding architecture, the Kunstmuseum Bonn is a highlight of the Federal City of Bonn that does not need to shy away from any international comparison.

The building by Axel Schultes, with its sophisticated “flowing” spatial concept, offers captivating conditions in terms of the dimensioning of the individual rooms, their visual and material axes of access, as well as in terms of lighting, for presenting art in all its facets, from classical modernism to the varieties of the latest art.

After the museum had been housed for many years in cramped conditions in Bonn’s inner city, the building planned in the mid-1980s was opened in June 1992 by the team of architects Dietrich Bangert, Bernd Jansen, Stefan Scholz and Axel Schultes (BJSS). As part of the Bonn Museum Mile, the architecture captivates both from the outside and from the inside with its openness and lighting. The discreet, but by no means sober formal language, which contains playful components, is not lost in a self-indulgent celebration of architecture. In its size, the building is committed to the spirit of the late eighties, and its serving function as an exhibition venue for fine art is also completely unrelated in practical terms.

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