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“The building inside gives a 'wow' effect”
Review of Kolumba

Kolumba
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Ranked #14 of 274 things to do in Cologne
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

We went inside, without any idea what to expect. I only did know as a non-christian that it is a christian museum, but of modern art.
Semi-inside is a ruin of the old church with some cool light effects because of the holes in the wall.
The museum itself contains modern art in very different ways, sculptures, paintings, installations. The fact that it is a christian museum does not mean that it's boring or too much for non-christian people. We were astonished, the building itself is one of the coolest museums I've been, very small long stairs with high walls, very large smooth spaces, some cool views at the 1th and 2th floor trough the window, and the walls were not white as usual! The art itself was well done positioned, it's mainly modern art in a subtle christian way, I even seen some dark gruesome art. Here and there are a few old bishop dresses, gold grails and candles. As critic students art-academy we were very positive. People where friendly, building is great and well selected artwork.
So if you do like modern art do not only think 'Ludwig'.
Kolumba is worth it for sure!

3  Thank Juan-JJ
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

From the street you would never look twice at this site. It is listed as a museum of religious treasures from the Catholic Archdiocese of Koln. There is a very interesting archaeological excavation that is exciting to view. It is part of the whole Kolumba complex and is approached through the museum. It can however be glimpsed from a small chapel that has been created from an area that adjoins the older excavations. The chapel is beautiful and well worth a visit. You need to hunt round for the door but you will find an intimate spiritual space inside that is beautiful. The museum starts with a boardwalk through the excavations that go back progressively to around 200-400 AD. The guidebook is in German although this did not impede our getting an understanding of the key information, being two English speakers. There is a very interesting collection of large wood carvings of the Madonna and child and other religious figures and a display of chalices and monstrances in gold, with intricate design work and studded with jewels. There is also a modern art collection which is a bit of a contrast with the religious art. Well worth it.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I expected mostly ancient art and treasures, even though the building was very modern. But the art as well turned out to be very contemporary on most parts. The brosure/information they give you when you come is just in german - and it doesn't give Much information anyway. Can easily be missed.

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