Käthe Kollwitz Museum

The first Käthe Kollwitz museum, unique with its worldwide most comprehensive and complete Kollwitz collection, was founded on 22nd April 1985, the 40th anniversary of the artist's death. Initially, the museum was housed in rooms at the main branch of the Kreissparkasse in Neumarkt.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum
Address: GoogleMapsNeumarkt 18-24
50667 Cologne
Phone: 0221/227-2899 or -2602
Fax: 02 21/2 27-3762
Opening hours: Tue. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Prices: € 3 / € 1.50; reduced fees for groups
Remarks: Public guided tour: Sun. 3 p.m.; advance notice of groups is desired; prices subject to change
1983 The »Kreissparkasse Köln« Bank acquired a selection of hand drawings by Käthe Kollwitz
1985 On the 40th anniversary of the artist's death, the museum was founded by the Kreissparkasse Köln

The founding of the museum reflected the best traditions of patronage in Cologne. From the outset it had been the aim of the bank to promote art and scholarship. The funding provider did not intend this as an investment in art or as a speculative investment, but aimed to demonstrate an aspect of its corporate culture by this contribution to the cultural scene in Cologne and the surrounding region.

The museum located above the premises of the Kreissparkasse Bank can be reached via the glass elevators in the Neumarktpassage. It is home to the largest collection of works by Käthe Kollwitz worldwide including, for example, posters, printed graphics, drawings, and bronze sculptures.

In early 1989 it moved to a newly built venue designed by the Cologne architect Hans Schilling on the top floor of the Neumarkt-Passage shopping arcade. This venue with its exhibition space of 1,000 square metres provides an optimum display in keeping with modern ideas on museum presentation.

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