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Phone: +49 (228) 776260
Website: http://kunstmuseum.bonn.d

Kunstmuseum Bonn

The Kunstmuseum Bonn evolved from the Villa Obernier City Museum, founded in 1884. In Germany's museum setting, it plays a specific role. Only here at this location is the history of German art after 1945 comprehensible in such quantitative concentration, a magnificent multi-layered fund of works for which Axel Schultes' architecture offers an ideal frame. In this highly praised construction that opened its doors in 1992, the Kunstmuseum Bonn formulates its claim to international class. In immediate proximity, the Art and Exhibition Hall of the German Republic, with no permanent collection of its own, puts on international expositions of many different types. To its other side, the History Museum operates its own popular program; its main theme is to portray the development of the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945 - the Bonn Republic. The Kunstmuseum Bonn is incontestably a place of aesthetic experience, a space reserved for the visual arts.

The collections and the dimensions of the museum reflect this orientation. The aim of its collections are: art from 1900 up to tomorrow. The museum is implicitly directed toward the future. The collections have their specific focal points like that of the Rhenish Expressionists, the art of the 50s in the Federal Republic, but above all the 60s, 70s, 80s and the beginning 90s. The museum does concentrate on German art but this does not exclude the fact that - like Robert Delaunay in the section on Macke - international examples of exceptional post-'45 art are also shown, e.g., the Englishman Richard Long in combination with Blinky Palermo, Beuys with Fontana, Kounellis and Merz.

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Permanent Collection

The Kunstmuseum Bonn plays a significant role in Germany's museum setting. On the one hand it has been noted in the past for its trailblazing special exhibitions and, on the other, it captivates the eye with its excellent permanent collection set in an illustrious frame, i.e., the new museum built by Axel Schultes and completed in 1992. Within approx. 4000 square meters, a multi-layered collection is presented that has been assembled over five decades and possesses its own unmistakable character. For, whereas other museums have collected broadly and encyclopedically, the Kunstmuseum Bonn has for a long time concentrated on acquiring works from the field of German art. Only here in Bonn, therefore, is it possible to experience German art, especially post-1945, in such density and quality, providing the art-interested public with a veritable overview of its evolution.

August Macke and the Rhenish Expressionists

Max Ernst and the Bolliger Collection

The Graphic Collection

Beuys - Multiples

International Video Art


29 March – 13 May 2007
DOUGLAS SWAN: Painting as thinking
A gift from his posthumous estate

1 March – 20 May 2007
Arbeiten auf Papier

7 February 2007
Young faces - old aquaintances: new presentation of the collections

Previous Exhibitions

15 March – 15 April 2007
Videonale 11

7 February – 28 February 2007
Das Licht fällt hinein / light falls (in)
Architectural Photographs of the Kunstmuseum Bonn

20 December 2006 – 25 February 2007
Rolf-Gunter Dienst / Dieter Krieg

21. July 2006 – 7. January 2007
In cooperation with the Guggenheim Foundation and the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

24 August – 19 November 2006
From Kandinsky to Tatlin
Constructivism in Europe
Works from a private collection

21 September – 12 November 2006
Dorothea von Stetten Art Award 2006

Marc Bijl - Christian Freudenberger - Henriette Grahnert - Yves Mettler - Bojan Sarcevic

7 September – 22 October 2006
Alexandra Kürtz: Ein Raum für Koffer?
Art Prize of the City of Bonn 2005

7 May – 24 September 2006
Jean Tinguely: Everything moves, there is no standstill
An exhibition for children and juveniles

29 June – 27 August 2006
Bernardi Roig
The Light Exercises Series

8 June – 20 August 2006

6 April – 6 August 2006
Selection 3: Daylight
View 3: Markus Weggenmann

13 May – 18 June 2006
Mats Eriksson: Indian Grammar
(in collaboration with the Biennale Bonn)

13 May – 18 June 2006
Olafur Eliasson

3 May – 18 June 2006
Tony Morgan
The Inferno, 1985
Illustrations to the Cantos of Dante’s “Divine Comedy”
39 sheets, mixed technique

16 March – 28 May 2006
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Forthcoming exhibitions

6 May – 9 September 2007
Claudia Fährenkemper : "Portraits" and Other Wondrous Images
Photography with a Scanning Electron Microscope

12 May – 29 July 2007
A collaboration between Kunstmuseum Bonn and Bonner Kunstverein

20 May – 1 July 2007
Papaver – Poppy. Watercolours and Etchings

6 June – 26 August 2007

23 August – 28 October 2007

13 September – 11 November 2007
Katja Eckert, Karim Noureldin, Sandra Peters

27 September – 21. October 2007

29 November 2007 – 17 February 2008
Movement, Body, Place in Contemporary Art


regular reduced

1-day 5,00 EUR 2,50 EUR
1-day as VRS Ticket 5,40 EUR 2,90 EUR
Family Ticket 10,00 EUR
Annual Ticket 40,00 EUR 20,00 EUR
Annual Ticket as VRS Ticket 50,50 EUR 30,50 EUR

Reduced admission
for juveniles, students, those doing military or community service, Bonn-Card holders.

Free entry
for children under 6 and members of the Museum Society ICOM, members of the Kunstmuseum's "Verein der Freunde".

Admission for guided tours and workshops

Guided Tours
max. 30 people
german other language
60 min.
50,00 EUR 60,00 EUR
90 min.
60,00 EUR 70,00 EUR
for children and juvenils in groups more than 10 participants from public institutions

60 min. guided tour .
without workshop part 1,50 EUR each participant
90 min. guided tour
with workshop part 2,00 EUR each participant


2,50 EUR each participant
each participant regular:
5,00 EUR reduced: 2,50 EUR

Department for museum education
Telephone +49 228 776224 and 776227

Guided tours registration
Mon. – Wed., Fri. 10 am – 1 pm
Thu. 1 pm – 4 pm
Telephone +49 228 776230
Fax +49 228 776220

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 6 pm
Wednesday: 11am to 9 pm
Closed on monday, 23, 27 of februrary, 24, 25 and 31 of december

Getting there

The Kunstmusem Bonn is located at the B9, which connects Bonn and Bad Godesberg. You can reach the Kunstmuseum fast through the A555/565 (exit Poppelsdorf) or the A59 (exit Bad Godesberg).

Car-park is behind the museum. The Kunstmuseum Bonn is connected to the public transport system of Bonn: use the subway from the central station line 16, 63 and 66, stop Heussallee; bus line 610, stop Heussallee.

Please click for a map


In the book shop Walther König in the foyer you will find literature about Expressionism, German Art after 1945 and Video Art. One focus of the shop is on New Media with Videos and CD-ROMs about art, architecture and design. A huge collection of artist's videos and CD-ROMs about collections and museums is available.

Place questions and orders via internet here:

Café in the Kunstmuseum Bonn

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm

Café im Kunstmuseum
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
D-53113 Bonn
Tel: +49-228-230059

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

saturday, 5. May
15.00 h guided tour
August Macke und die Rheinischen Expressionisten
Ursula Bruck

sunday, 6. May
11.00 h
opening of exhibition
Claudia Fährenkemper: Glühwürmchen? Strahlentierchen? Königskerze?
Ausstellung für Kinder und Jugendliche

sunday, 6. May
15.00 h guided tour
August Macke und die Rheinischen Expressionisten
Ursula Bruck

tuesday, 8. May
18.30 h Podiumsdiskussion
Die Rezeption von Kunst aus der DDR in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

friday, 11. May
19.00 h Ausstellungseröffnung
John Baldessari: Music

saturday, 12. May
15.00 h guided tour
Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst neu präsentiert
Ulrike Holz M.A.

sunday, 13. May
11.00 h
sunday's guided tour
Douglas Swan. Malerei als Nachdenken
Dr. Irene Kleinschmidt-Altpeter

sunday, 13. May
16.00 h event
Meister von Morgen
Studierende der internationalen Meisterklasse
Klassische Gitarre

wednesday, 16. May
19.00 h Videonale Bonn – Elektronenströme
Anke Schäfer

saturday, 19. May
15.00 h
guided tour
Philip Guston
Hilda Priew

sunday, 20. May

International Museum's Day
Freier Eintritt

sunday, 20. May
11.00 h sunday's guided tour
John Baldessari
Dr. Stefan Gronert

sunday, 20. May
11.00 h Ausstellungseröffnung
Walter Urbach
Aquarelle und Radierungen

saturday, 26. May
15.00 h guided tour
John Baldessari – Music
Gottfried Bertram

sunday, 27. May
11.00 h sunday's guided tour
Neue Ansätze in der Kunst nach 1960: Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo
Ulrike Holz M.A.

saturday, 2. Juni
15.00 h guided tour
John Baldessari – Music
Dr. Manfred von Seggern

sunday, 3. Juni
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There are guided tours through the entire house with information on the architecture, the history of the collection and new perspectives on the works on exhibit. Those who find this too much at one bite can, on a Sunday morning, assemble before a specified artwork in the museum and discuss it with one of the staff, can give his/her own opinion and perhaps now see, say, the Joseph Beuys' multiples in a new light.


The reference library of the art museum is open to everyone and free of charge; it is a public research library specializing in German art and art history.

47,000 volumes (mostly contemporary monographs on artists), 17 magazines in subscription, e.g., Art in America, Art Forum, Nike, Parkett. Also CD Roms and book inquiries. The stock is being constantly augmented by current catalogs from international museums.

Focus of the collection
The library stock follows the focal points of the museum collections and is specialized in German art after '45, the Rhenish Expressionists, the Informel, Joseph Beuys, August Macke and artists from Bonn.

Because of open shelf storage, each book is immediately available to the user and can be studied at the 12 reading places. There are three connections for laptops. After prior appointment, applicants can have original graphic works brought to them for study. We are, of course, available to answer inquiries that are addressed to us by letter or phone.

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
D-53113 Bonn

Phone: +49-228-776249
Fax: +49-228-776220

Opening Hours
Tues – Thur 11 – 12 am, 2 – 4 pm
Fri 11 – 12 and by appointment


Guided Tours

The Kunstmuseum Bonn provides free guided tours of the collections and the special exhibitions as well as on specific themes.


Individual tours for groups of all kinds (school classes, associations, clubs, companies), also in foreign languages, should be reserved 14 days in advance either per letter or per telephone. Visitors are asked to bare the additional expensive for guided tours. For registration up to 30 persons please contact:

Phone: +49-228-776230


Classes in the museum offers school studentsthe possibility to have a concrete dialog with art and history. A direct meeting with the originals not only sensitizes us to how to see and how to deal with terminology, but also arouses curiosity, admiration and criticism. Learning means discovering. A list with suggestions for topics are available for the respective school classes, school subjects and possible educational focal points.

It is possible at any time to provide museum education for school classes from every type of school -- with or without practical work.

For interested school teachers the museum offers informative courses at regular intervals. The focus of every discussion is based on thematic standpoints in reference to the permanent collection or to the special exhibitions.

For special school classes, for the disabled and for therapy groups, the possibility is provided for looking at a picture under art therapeutic guidance and then working practically. For people with whatever kind of disablement, the museum can open up a dimension of the world that may lead them out of their social and mental isolation.


By the way: how about a birthday party in the art museum? Together with your friends a look at pictures that seem to be hung upside down or on which you only see stick figures or bright colors!
Also on Sunday mornings, while parents are involved in a discussion during a tour, children can look at other pictures and sculptures with their peers and then create an artwork of their own.


Whoever doubts that there is any sense at all in grease, felt, Styrofoam or pollen should attend a course that lasts several weeks, where he/she will learn about the latest manifestations of art in the 20th century.

The museum is, however, just as much a place of creativity. With paint, brush and many another tool, new artworks can emerge. Paint flows over the picture, straws rustle under the electric iron, sugar water and red wine ooze over paper, paint cushions glow. Not only seniors are given the opportunity to develop their own creativity by taking part in various practical courses. The direct contact with the original becomes for children of all ages an event. To see that the painter, August Macke, really did apply thick globs of paint to a picture highlights the difference to a one-dimensional poster. Children, from pre-school age on, have the chance to satisfy their curiosity in the museum, to experience the artwork in a playful way, to expand their fantasy and, above all, learn to see. In diverse courses, ranked according to age, what is seen is creatively translated and enhanced. Repeated occasions, which build on the ones before, create a feeling of familiarity and allow an uninhibited approach.

Regular workshop courses during the school vacations complete the range.


Practical Courses

Paintings classes for children 5 or over
Adult courses including senior citizens
Vacation workshops
Children's birthdays
Courses for the disabled and for therapy groups

That's supposed to be art? My little child could do that! These well-known words are heard less and less these days in the Kunstmuseum. A diverse choice of tours and practical courses from children's birthdays to a course for seniors are directed at young and old, big and little citizens, and take care that there is always a lively exchange vis-à-vis the artworks in detail and contemporary art in general.


"Verein der Freunde des
Kunstmuseum Bonn e.V."
The Society supports the Museum

The Kunstmuseum Bonn is one of Germany's larger museums. It is a center of culture in the federal city of Bonn and a sought-after partner in the international museum scene. Its architecture shows to advantage the important Macke Collection and the unique repertory of German art since 1945, among which is a fundamental portion of the Grothe Collection. Special rooms are set aside for video art and graphic works. Special exhibitions and events supplement the collecting process. The library with its reading room as well as a book shop offer the opportunity to be informed. The museum's stock of art must be kept alive by new additions, above all of contemporary art. The public hand is not able to finance this on its own. We are able to help through permanent loans and donations. The transition from Bonn as a capital to Bonn as a federal city has and will have grave consequences for the promotion of cultural institutions. This "jewel" of an art museum must rely on the broad support of its citizens. We support the museum publically.

In order to achieve these goals, we hope for other committed members to help us financially but also members who want to gain direct insight into the work of the museum and want to support it in non-material ways. We as members are, above all, interested in art, in the pleasure that its study and the discussion with other interested adherents can bring. Which is why we applaud every additional member. Patrons of the Society are members who donate at least EUR 500 annually (incl. a EUR 50 annual subscription for which no receipt for tax purposes can be provided).

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Venue hire

The entrance hall and lobby, the auditorium and its lobby are fundamentally meant for events specific to the museum. However, in so far as the premises are not needed by the museum, they can be rented for other proceedings that do not run counter to the special character of the house.

For further information please contact:

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Elvira Quardt
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49-228-776218
Fax: +49-228-776206

Technical data of the auditorium

Seating capacity: 198 persons
Stage: circular area with a 5.5 m diameter
Screen: motorized screen: W 4.98 x H 4.55 m, light-tight, front projection, adjustable height
Video/data/graphics: rear projection onto raisable acrylic wall Image size 212 x 159 cm, Projector: NEC GP-5000G
Videotechnik: Multinorm: PAL/SECAM/NTSC - VGA/EGA Player: video disc, VHS-, S-VHS and 3/4 U-matic TV cable tuner
Sound: analog, HiFi Stereo (System BOSE Acoustimass) Stereo mixer console: TASCAM M1516, recording
Slides: Large screen projector: high light intensive HTI Projector Prolite, image width up to 4 m; slide reference projection: Kodak-Carousel S-AV 2060
16 mm film: 16 mm film projector: EIKI-Xenon, image width 4m
Overhead projector: Liesegang
Flipchart / laserpointer: available