Profile - Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen

Situated on an island in the Weser river, near the Bürgermeister Smidt Bridge, behind the red-brick walls of four large warehouses, is one of Germany's largest museums for contemporary art.
The sculptures of Ulrich Rückriem, the ‘Outdoor Piece for Bremen’ created by Sol LeWitt (opposite the museum), and the words painted in large white letters on the riverside facade by the American concept artist Lawrence Weiner,

HAVING BEEN BUILT ON SAND WITH ANOTHER BASE (BASIS) IN FACT
AUF SAND GEBAUT TATSÄCHLICH AUF (AUS) ANDEREM GRUND

indicate from a distance that these buildings have something very unusual to offer.

Since 1991, in a total area of 6,000 square metres, the museum has presented works from the most diversified international currents in art over the last forty years. Here, in the Neues Museum Weserburg, one can not only see works by the most influential contemporary artists, but also experience an unusual museum concept firsthand.

The first collector's museum in Europe ...

The museum is the first ever 'collectors’ museum', in which the collector is not only a lender but also a mediator of contemporary art.

Focal points have been selected from several small and large-scale European collections, which together provide an unforgettable insight into contemporary art. A passion for collecting - on the part of the collectors - pairs with the historical perspective of art provided by the museum itself to form an integrated whole in the lively atmosphere of the building. Each of the collections maintains a specific character, apparent not only in the choice of artists and the ideas and imagination behind the works themselves, but also in their presentation.

The four European museums, from Lisbon (P), Rome (I), Roubaix (F) and Bremen (NMWB and City Gallery) stand as unused former power stations (Lisbon and Rome), abandoned swimming pool (Roubaix) and/or storage houses (Weserburg) and/or beer refrigerating chamber (City Gallery). The Italian Nova (Instituto per lo studio dell ' innovazione e depression trasformazioni produttive e del lavoro) arranged a website in the languages of the countries involved, with English forwards.

To view: www.euromusees2001.org





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