More Art for Duisburg –
The MKM is expanding: New exhibition space for one of the most important
collections of post-war German art
MKM extension building, Herzog & de Meuron. Written agreement from Herzog & de Meuron will be needed again for every additional use you make of the material. © 2015, Herzog & de Meuron Basel.
The day has finally arrived! The architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron has completed the design and planning approval stage for the extension of the MKM Museum Küppersmühle. With the necessary groundwork such as funding and organisational expertise now prepared, Duisburg can look forward to the prospect of additional space for exhibiting the works of leading post-war German artists housed in the Stroher Collection. Construction is set to commence in mid-2016, and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. The project has been made possible by the unwavering commitment of the independent MKM Foundation, launched by the collector couple, which will fully finance the extension.
The expansion of the exhibition space by approx. 2,500 sq.m. will allow masterpieces from the collection to be presented on a far grander scale than ever before. MKM director Walter Smerling is now delighted at being able to "[...] show key trends in German art since 1950 in a broader context. Visitors to the new MKM will be setting out on a time journey through the history of German art, and afforded the unique opportunity of making fascinating art-historical comparisons. From Baumeister to Baselitz, from Götz to Gursky – we will be finally able to draw on the exciting array of treasures from the outstanding collection of Sylvia und Ulrich Ströher.“
At the core of the design is a four-storey extension which is linked to the main MKM building via the historical grain solo. And the architects have successfully responded in equal measure both to the requirements of innovative exhibition architecture and to the historically evolved buildings of the inner-harbour area. "Both in terms of its scale and material,", explains Jacques Herzog, "the extension fits into the chain of the impressive, historical brick edifices flanking the harbour basin, and complements the existing museum complex. At the same time, the new frontage building closes the entire row of buildings in the harbour basin. To any passer-by, the new extension appears to have always stood there."
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