Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kolumbia Art Museum by Peter Zumthor

I am posting this video of Peter Zumthor's Kolumbia Art Museum simply because I am amazed at his ability to merge materiality, form, atmospherics, & phenomenology into a single architectural experience. I truly believe that Zumthor's architecture revolutionizes the way we view the built environment. Finally someone who can end the dogmatic following of modernism.

Also, my good friend Nate Steuerwald had the privileged today to meet with Peter Zumthor, who he said was very kind contrary to public opinion.

Kolumba is the art museum of the Archbishopric Cologne: a triad of place, building and collection. Two thousand years of occidental culture – architecture, arts and crafts and fine art – can be experienced together at one place. Kolumba wants to recall: A museum is a place of slowness, of concentration, of playful-creative analysis, of becoming curious about a universe of things that one did not yet see in this way. It is a cornucopia of unspent, amazing, surprisingly new and likewise surprisingly unfamiliar old views of the human understanding of the world in individual pictures. Kolumba wants to open up a panorama for that “which our eyes think” (Paul C├ęzanne), which our vision feels, which our feeling hears, which our listening says, which our words conceal. (excerpts from the museum flyer). The museum’s collection contains works (among others) Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Otto Dix, Roni Horn, Jannis Kounellis, Wolfgang Laib, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, Paul Thek, and Andy Warhol.

(text by: vtv correspondent Thom de Bock)
(video via: VernissageTV)

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