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15 years of Kolumba
Time for a Re-Vision
We are asking you!

Kolumba has been running for 15 years! Exactly 25 years ago the realisation of the project, which had been in the planning for a long time, began with an architectural competition. Many very high expectations were associated with this “Museum of Reflection”. Since then, the social and political context has changed enormously, and this applies to culture too. Climate change confronts us with environmental catastrophes of apocalyptic dimensions.  Political upheavals on the world stage force people to flee on life-threatening journeys to places out of their reach. The Church as an institution has become marginalized through the scale of the clerical abuse of wards and the way this has been handled. Against this backdrop, we ask ourselves once more what our mission as an ecclesiastical art museum should be and query the conditions under which we could fulfil this task in the future. – It is time for a Re-Vision, for an assessment of whether these expectations have been met and to what extent, on what occasions we have exceeded them and in what sense they have remained unfulfilled. Critical retrospection should enable us to take the vision of a “Living Museum” further. For this reason we ask you for feedback. When has our work moved you, when have we failed? We cordially invite you to take part in this Re-Vision. Please send as a word, a text, or a photo… (mail@kolumba.de).
Your Kolumba Team
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15 years of Kolumba
Time for a Re-Vision
We are asking you!

Kolumba has been running for 15 years! Exactly 25 years ago the realisation of the project, which had been in the planning for a long time, began with an architectural competition. Many very high expectations were associated with this “Museum of Reflection”. Since then, the social and political context has changed enormously, and this applies to culture too. Climate change confronts us with environmental catastrophes of apocalyptic dimensions.  Political upheavals on the world stage force people to flee on life-threatening journeys to places out of their reach. The Church as an institution has become marginalized through the scale of the clerical abuse of wards and the way this has been handled. Against this backdrop, we ask ourselves once more what our mission as an ecclesiastical art museum should be and query the conditions under which we could fulfil this task in the future. – It is time for a Re-Vision, for an assessment of whether these expectations have been met and to what extent, on what occasions we have exceeded them and in what sense they have remained unfulfilled. Critical retrospection should enable us to take the vision of a “Living Museum” further. For this reason we ask you for feedback. When has our work moved you, when have we failed? We cordially invite you to take part in this Re-Vision. Please send as a word, a text, or a photo… (mail@kolumba.de).
Your Kolumba Team