A glass bridge with light art connects the old building to the new building of Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen – or vice versa. The architect Albrecht E. Wittig is responsible for the new part of the museum and the connecting bridge – both were opened in 1984. Because the art in Gelsenkirchen needed space. The building of the Musiktheater im Revier, in which the internationally renowned artists Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein were involved, stimulated commitment to art in Gelsenkirchen. This cultural flight led to numerous purchases, gifts and long-term loans of contemporary art.
A unique collection of kinetic art
Kinetic art plays a central role in Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen. In the 1950s, artists began to integrate moving, sounding or illuminating elements as artistic elements in their works. You can permanently experience 80 objects of this so-called kinetic art in Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen – which in its quantity and quality is a unique rarity in Germany and in Europe. These include works by Heinz Mack or Günther Uecker, the most important figures of this movement.
Broad exhibition programme in Gelsenkirchen
Since the 1990s, the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen has made it its task to exclusively present visual art exhibitions. In previous years – when the Kunstmuseum was still called the Städtisches Museum (City Museum) – you could also see other artistic, natural history and cultural treasures up close. But today everything falls within the categories of painting, graphics and sculpture. In addition to kinetic art, in Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, you also have the opportunity to look at the exhibition of the major Gelsenkirchen designer and graphic artist Anton Stankowski, as well as the collection of paintings and sculptures from the nineteenth to the current century. Exhibitions of contemporary art can be also seen regularly in Alten Villa which is rotated with the Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen (Gelsenkirchen Art Association).
Important information at a glance
Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen (Gelsenkirchen Art Museum)
Horster Strasse 5-7
Tel.: +49 209 1694361
You can find information on the exhibition, opening times and prices on the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen website.
The Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen is part of the RuhrKunstMuseen.