Köln - Cologne


Kolumbastraße 4

Phone: +49 (0)221 9331930
Fax: +49 (0)221 254828
Website: http://www.kolumba.de/?la

Kolumba - Art Museum Of The Archdiocese Cologne

What is Kolumba?
Kolumba is the art museum of the archdiocese of Cologne. As combination of place, collection and architecture it allows the visitor to experience two millennia of western culture in one building housing art from late antiquity to the present. The architecture combines the ruins of the late Gothic church St. Kolumba, the chapel “Madonna in the Ruins

Permanent Collection

“The first step would be to do away with the division
between ancient and modern art in museums“ (Albrecht Fabri, 1953)

The collection extends from late antiquity to the present, from Romanesque sculpture to room installation, from medieval panel painting to radical painting, from the Gothic ciborium to the everyday object of the 20th century. The search for a general order, i.e., for measure, proportion and beauty as a connecting element of all artistic creation is the main theme of the collection. The major emphasis lies on early Christianity (excellent Coptic textiles), painting, sculpture and goldsmith’s art from the 11th to 16th century (for example the Herimann Crucifix with its Roman lapis lazuli head, the Romanesque Erp Crucifix and Stefan Lochner’s Virgin with the Violet), works attesting to popular devotion, and one of the most extensive collections of rosaries. In 1996, this collection was considerably enriched by the Härle donation, which contains two thirds of what was formerly one of the most distinguished German private collections of medieval sculpture. The 19th century is represented with paintings, drawings, and religious graphics. In the area of classical modern art, a small collection has been built up, which plays an important role as a bridgehead between the 19th century and modern art. Parts of the legacy of Andor Weininger, who was of great importance for the Bauhaus group in Weimar and Dessau, were donated to the museum, where they have become a milestone since 1999. For modern art, collection activity has been centred on artistic discourses, which, at the cutting edge of their time, pursue questions of human existence that are especi...+ [ Read all ]


“Can you imagine a museum inventory
which is in constant movement?

Previous Exhibitions

04/07 Art Cologne
10/06 In the Garden of Reality II
04/06 In the Garden of Reality I
04/06 Werner Schriefers
10/05 Leiko Ikemura
10/05 The Egner Donation
08/05 Arma Christi (WYD)
08/05 1st view! (WYD)
05/05 Hans Josephsohn
02/05 Coptic Textiles
02/05 Birgit Antoni - Paintings
12/04 The Pietà from St. Kolumba
10/04 Monika Bartholomé
07/04 Heinrich Küpper
04/04 Max Cole
11/03 Cologne Theatre
11/03 Reliquary Crosses
11/03 Daphne-Test
10/03 Martin Frommelt
04/03 150 Years!
12/02 Attila Kovács
09/02 Herbert Falken
06/02 Peter Tollens
12/01 ars vivendi
11/00 Volume
11/00 The Härle Donation
10/00 Children's drawings
04/00 walkmen
04/00 About Reality
10/99 Andor Weininger
06/99 Joseph Marioni
02/99 Andy Warhol
09/98 Infinite Space Expands
08/98 Faith and Knowledge
05/98 Stephan Baumkötter
04/98 Bernd Ikemann
04/98 Reencounter 11
01/98 Hildegard Domizlaff
09/97 Reencounter 10
06/97 Richard Serra
04/97 Manos Tsangaris
03/97 Paul Thek
02/97 Klaus vom Bruch
02/97 About the Site: Kolumba
10/96 About Ambivalence
04/96 Chris Newman
02/96 Peter Tollens
02/96 Wolfgang Laib
02/96 About Colour
12/95 Early Christian Art
12/95 Mischa Kuball
11/95 Palace of Art
10/95 Reencounter 6
09/95 Monika Bartholomé
06/93 Reencounter 1 to 5
10/92 Vaticana


up to 18 years free of charge
adults € 5 / reduced € 3
no reduction for groups

Opening hours

Wednesday to Monday 12 to 5 p.m.

closed on Tuesdays

Getting there

Location: the museum is located near the Opera house
Parking: Brückenstraße
Underground: Appellhofplatz or Dom/Hbf

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Accessibility: disabled access

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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From the Catalogue of the
International Architecture Biennale
Venice 2002

Although our lives take place everywhere, we remember some places in particular. One such place is „Kolumba“ in Cologne’s city centre. A secret garden, stone ruins, a uniquely dense archaeological site: the ruins of the gothic church in the centre of rebuilt Cologne are the most impressive symbol of the city’s almost complete destruction during the Second World War. In 1949 the chapel of “Madonna in the Ruins


We offer a public guided tour in German every Saturday at 10.30 (due to the limited number of participants please telephone our office in advance).