It’s hard to imagine, but a few years ago this museum was still an electronics shop! Today you will find a considerable collection of art in the former commercial property: Following renovation and extension works by the Swiss architect Hans Rohr, you can see the art of this private collection up close over 2,700 square metres in 51 rooms on five levels. You will swiftly realise that the restrained architecture of Museum DKM serves solely to exhibit the art. And it is surprising in one place or another to glimpse the outside of the new building!
COLLECTING ART FROM SEVERAL DECADES
The museum founders of the private exhibition centre Dirk Krämer and Klaus Maas – whose initials are found in the museum’s name – have been collecting different types of art for many decades. Consequently, Museum DKM combines five very different categories of art: contemporary art since the 1960s, ancient and modern art from the Orient to the Far East, art from Ancient Egypt, pottery from 5,000 years of cultural history, as well as traditional and contemporary photography.
THE EXHIBITION CONCEPT IS SHAPED BY THE DIALOGUE
Due to the history of the collection, it is only logical that the exhibitions in Museum DKM are shaped by the contrast between contemporary and past styles, as well as the dialogue between Asian and European art. Works of art by Richard Serra, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Richart Long, Norbert Kricke or Ai Weiwei are presented alongside far eastern art traditions, burial objects from Ancient Egypt or scroll paintings from Japan. For this special art experience, it’s worth taking a trip to the centre of Duisburg where you will find the private museum located between Kant-Park and Lehmbruck Museum.