MKM Museum Küppersmühle for modern art, Duisburg

Exhibitions & Museums

One of the most internationally comprehensive collections of German post-war art is on display at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle...

...located in the middle of Duisburg's lively inner harbor. The museum offers a diverse exhibition program and a unique architecture best described as a combination of industrial culture and white cube. The MKM is not only one of Germany's largest private museums. Thanks to the 2021 expansion of Herzog & de Meuron and the new presentation of the Ströher Collection on a total of 5,000 square meters, the museum has become a central site of German art. Visitors can expect a unique tour of German art history. About 300 works created from the 1950s onward are on display. The museum architecture is also inspiring. On the outside, the striking red brick facade of the new building continues the authentic look of the old building and fits harmoniously into the architecture of the inner harbor. Inside the building one finds a succession of more than forty tall, light-filled art spaces that create a tremendous sense of space. Spectacular are the historic silos, which create the connection between old and new buildings via bridges, as well as the two stair towers of sinuous, terra cotta-colored concrete. They resemble a giant sculpturewhich inevitably draws the eye upward.

The Haniel Collection - Its own path, December 15, 2023 to May 5, 2024

Under the title "The Haniel Collection - Its Own Way," about 100 works from the collection of the renowned Duisburg-based family business are presented to the public for the first time at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art in Duisburg. The collection is of eminent art historical significance and has been built up with great dedication since 1983.

The exhibition presents works of art that are closely linked to the genesis of the Federal Republic of Germany and the city of Duisburg. Both the creation of the MKM Museum Küppersmühle and the development of the Haniel Collection were and are not possible without private commitment. Therefore, it is very important for the museum to be able to honor this connection with an exhibition.

©: Hans Hofmann,Jardin d´Amour, 1959, Öl auf Leinwand, 152 x 183 cm, Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023