Goebenstraße 4 – 10

Phone: +49 (0) 5221 - 99 44 30 â
Fax: +49 (0) 5221 - 99 44 30 â
Website: http://www.martaherford.d

MARTa Herford

The town of Herford in north-west Germany made the art world sit up and take notice with its ambitious new project, the MARTa Herford Museum, which opened on 7 May 2005 . With the name MARTa fronting the triad of design (M standing for Möbel/furniture), art (ART) and architecture/ambience (a), the museum aims to provide fresh inspiration for art, design, architecture and business both in the local region and far beyond. An extraordinary complex of buildings designed by Frank Gehry houses a novel combination of a museum, centre of excellence and event forum. It is here that exhibition curator and museum director Jan Hoet displays contemporary aspects of art and design. The main idea behind MARTa Herford is to highlight and redefine the contradictory links between art and business.

Museum of contemporary art and design.

Five galleries with a total size of some 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) provide space for alternating exhibitions.
Another gallery area on the first floor is partly used for the MARTa Herford Collection.
A gallery overlooking the River Aa contains the MARTa Restaurant seating about 60 diners which serves excellent cuisine in a relaxing creative atmosphere.

The MARTa Herford complex, which has a wavy steel roof, is being built with bricks that are typical of the region. It has four different building components: a Museum, a Forum, a Centre and a Café, all of which are expressions of the architect's particular sculptural idiom.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The MARTa Herford Collection is in the process of being build up since 2001 and has a bearing on the museum's particular orientation. Jan Hoet chooses works of contemporary art which can be located in the force field of architecture, the fine arts and design, such as those, for example, by Manfred Pernice, Art & Language, Thomas Huber, Thomas Rentmeister, Reinhard Muha and also Robert Wilson. The complete MARTa Collection will also not be on show constantly, to the advantage of alternating exhibitions.


2 June - 7 October 2007
extended till 14 October 2007
MARTa is silent
Garde le silence, le silence te gardera
The art of silence from Duchamp to the present.
The mystery of the Etruscans.
The major exhibition at Marta Herford in 2007 featuring works by Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Richard Long, Hans Schabus
Opening: 1 June 2007, 7.30pm
"MARTa is silent"

Previous Exhibitions

16. September - 7. January 2007
MODERNISM: Designing a New World
An exhibition concept of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Modernism: Designing a new world

27 January - 11 March 2007
Erik Schmidt: Hunting Grounds
Paintings, Drawings, Photographs and Videos.
Opening: 26 January 2007, 7.30pm
Erik Schmidt: Hunting Grounds

27 January - 11 March 2007
Carla Accardi meets Lucio Fontana
An encounter between two important artists of the post-war avant-garde.
Opening: 26 January 2007, 7.30pm
Carla Accardi meets Lucio Fontana

24 March - 13 May 2007
If Albrecht Dürer were a child today, he would definitely have visited MARTa Herford.
An exhibition of children’s furniture taken from ‘Fidgety Philip! The world of children’s furniture’ at The Imperial Furniture Collection in Vienna, drawings and sculptures by Panamarenko, sculptures by Marliz Frencken, and a collection of historical children’s rattles.
Opening: 23 March 2007, 7.30pm
If Albrecht Dürer were a ...

Archive 2005 http://www.martaherford.de/pages/en/museum/archivereview/reviewexhibitions/progr

Forthcoming exhibitions

1 November 2007 - 13 January 2008
Andreas Hofer: The Long Tomorrow
Opening: 31 October 2007, 7.30pm

1 November 2007 - 13 January 2008
Art in Ostwestfalen-Lippe
"Over the thousand fountains
Close by the thirsty one
In the desert."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Group exhibition featuring artists from the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region
Opening: 31 October 2007, 7.30pm

2 February - 30 March 2008
Max Bill
Opening: 1 February 2008

19 April - 27 July 2008
‘If the world was clear, there’d be no art’
Energies of the absurd from modernity to contemporary art
Opening: 18 April 2008

16 August - 26 October 2008
Thomas Huber
Richard Neutra and Collection MARTa Herford
Opening: 15 August 2008

15 November 2008 - 15 February 2009
Felicien Rops, Jacques Charlier, Outsider-Art
Opening: 14 November 2008


Admission: € 9
Concessions: € 5,50
Concessions are granted to students, schoolchildren, visitors who are unemployed or on income support, members of the armed forces, people doing national service (military/non-military). Association, disabled persons (please show proof of disability).

Free-of-charge for exhibitions
Children up of the age of 10
Members of MARTa Friends

Family ticket
Family ticket: € 20
Only for families with children under the age of 18 years.
For more information on family tickets, please enquire at the information desk at MARTa Herford.

Annual Famliy Ticket
Annual Family ticket: € 50
Only for families with children under the age of 18 years.
This tickets are non-transferable.
For more information on family tickets, please enquire at the information desk at MARTa Herford.

Annual season ticket
25,00 € (Concessions 12,50 €)
Season tickets are non-transferable.

To make a group appointment (max. 30 people per group), please phone +49 (0) 5221 9944 3015 or send an email to bildung@marta-herford.de.

School parties (10 or more persons)
€ 1,50 per schoolchild

Groups of adults (10 or more persons)
€ 5,50 per person

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Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays,
11am – 6pm (closed on Mondays).

Open until 9pm on every first Wednesday of the month.

Getting there

Please click here for a detailed map:

By road

From the A2 Hanover–Dortmund
Turn off onto the B239 (Herford - Bad Salzuflen)
Head for Herford town centre on the B239/61
Follow the B239/61 for about 6km/4 miles
At the sixth set of traffic lights, turn right into Goebenstrasse

From the A30 Osnabrück–Bad Oeynhausen
Turn off at Kirchlengern and head for Herford
At the traffic light T-junction, turn right heading for Herford on the B239
Follow the B239 for about 10km/6 miles
At the crossroads with the B61, drive straight ahead into Goebenstrasse

By rail
Herford is ICE- and IC-station

Herford is served by the Cologne–Bielefeld–Hanover–Berlin line
Take the train to Herford Station
Head off to the left from the square in front of the station – Goebenstrasse is about three minutes’ walk away

There are also a number of airports not far away.
Airport Hannover
Airport Münster-Osnabrück
Airport Bremen
Airport Paderborn-Lippstadt


Website layout for visually handicapped: http://www.martaherford.de/pages/en/marta/contactmartateam.html?cssStyle=inverse

MARTa Café, Bar, Restaurant
Goebenstraße 4 - 10
32052 Herford
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 7pm
(closed on Mondays).
reservations by phone under +49 (0)52 21/12 23 11 or by fax under 12 77 35
or by mail under info@gastronomie-marta.de.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Intensive viewings and critical discussions provide an opportunity to examine individual aspects of current exhibitions and MARTa’s unique architecture, and debate them with MARTa’s expert team.
Introduction to MARTa
How does the world-famous architect Frank Gehry develop his structural sculptures? What are the architectural peculiarities of the MARTa building – and what does MARTa actually mean? Explore Frank Gehry’s fantastic architecture – and find out more about the unique concept behind this interface between current art, design, architecture and the furniture industry! (about 1 hour/€50 plus admission)

Combined tour
If you’d like to explore MARTa and its galleries from an architectural angle, yet also enjoy an introduction to the exhibition at the same time, the comprehensive combined tour examines both aspects in detail.
(About 1½ hours/€70 plus admission)

For more details and booking,
please phone +49 (0) 5221 9944 3015
send an email to bildung@marta-herford.de

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am–12am and 1pm-3pm
Thursday: 10am–12am and 1pm -5pm


A family-friendly tour followed by an artistic session at the MARTa Studio. Topics are the current exhibition and the building’s architecture.
Ticket: 18,-€ per family
Every third Sunday of the month from 3-5 pm


Workshop for children
"With a wild stroke of the brush"
MARTa Herford’s education workshop organises events that are both practical and informative on each and every exhibition held as well as on architecture. They take the form of discussions, lectures, meetings with artists and creative courses, including workshops for budding artists to practised experts of all age ranges. As well as making sure you really get to the bottom of each exhibition, they’re also a ball of fun!


Workshop for adults "Selfportraits"
Tel. +49 (0) 52 21 - 99 44 30 15


Westfalen–Lippe is the centre of the German – and indeed the European – wood and furniture industry. Nowhere else in Europe contains such a high density of businesses operating in this sector.

The five regional trade associations based in Herford fronting the wood and furniture industry represent about 500 companies with a total annual turnover of more than €6.65 billion and a workforce of over 35,000. In addition, another five associations and societies cover areas such as export promotion, further training and e-business.

Herford is thus the industry’s centre of excellence – and has the service infrastructure to match.

Venue hire

Forum for the arts, events and presentations.
This section has an area of about 380 square metres (4,090 square feet) and is used for cultural events (including music, lectures, films and exhibitions), receptions, conferences and congresses hosted by business and trade associations, and product presentations. It can accommodate seating for up to 250 guests or alternatively up to 400 people standing.
The Forum is also available for hire. Clients are welcome to use the classical events management service, including technical facilities, media and catering.