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Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Kolumba – in the new Art Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne

Peter Zumthor integrated a large reclining figure by Josephsohn into the new building.

September 15, 2007

The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor was responsible for designing the new building for the Art Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne. On the site where the late Gothic galleried church St. Kolumba stood until its destruction in World War II, he erected a museum building over the ruins, which also encompasses the memorial chapel by Gottfried Böhm (1947–50). The building respects not only the medieval layout of the church but also the first sacred building designed independently by Böhm. Erected on the ruins of the church, the building is constructed to over the chapel with a light and air permeable external skin, and provides 1600 sq. m. for the activities of the museum in the floors lying above it. Peter Zumthor integrated a large reclining figure by Josephsohn into this comprehensive concept as one of the very few works of art permanently installed.