1989 – A NEW VENUE FOR THE MUSEUM
After the collection had found its temporary home on the administrative floor at the main branch of the Kreissparkasse which could only be visited during opening hours, a new, purpose-built venue was made available in early 1989.
On 26 January 1989 the new museum, designed by the architect Hans Schilling was opened. It is located on the 4th floor of the Neumarkt Passage shopping gallery and offers 1,000 square metres of exhibition space where the works can be presented in an ideal environment and where excellent modern conservational care is ensured.
From 1990 to 2022, the museum is under the direction of Hannelore Fischer, who has been involved in the groundwork for the museum's development since the very beginning. During her 32-year tenure, she developed the Kollwitz Collection with great commitment into the most extensive and self-contained collection worldwide - and the presentation from an initially rather improvised institution into a graphic arts museum with an international reputation. At the end of March 2022, the long-time director and Kollwitz expert retired.
From April 2022, the art historian Katharina Koselleck will be director of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln. She has already been a research assistant in Hannelore Fischer's team since 2008 and, as curator, is responsible for numerous special exhibitions. With her appointment as director, the board of Kreissparkasse Köln, as the museum's sponsor, is making a promise of continuity for the successful future of the museum.
2023 - GENERAL REFURBISHMENT OF THE EXHIBITION ROOMS
One of the first tasks facing the new director and her team is a special challenge:
At the beginning of 2023, the Kreissparkasse Köln will give the go-ahead for the general renovation of the museum's exhibition spaces after almost 40 years. The museum will be closed for several months.
In the meantime, the main works of the Cologne Kollwitz Collection will travel around the world, to major exhibitions in New York, Zurich, Bielefeld and Frankfurt, among other places. Despite the construction work, the artist remains visible in Cologne: the series »Encounters - Käthe Kollwitz as a Guest ...« presents selected works in the Museum Ludwig, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud and the Cologne Cathedral Treasury. The outreach project »TRANSIT. Chorweiler x Kollwitz« in the Chorweiler District Library brings the artist's work to the outer north-west of the city with reproductions selected by young people.
But that's not all. In the museum pop-up RAUM FÜR NEUES, the art educators welcome visitors even after the museum closes. In a shop on the ground floor of the Neumarkt Passage, they show what the team is working on behind the scenes for the new presentation of the collection: From a virtual studio of the artist, to analogue and digital background information on the life and work of Käthe Kollwitz, to interactive and museum educational offers that help visitors understand her artistic techniques.
The Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln is scheduled to reopen in autumn 2024.