NEW: North wing and monastery church
On September 17, the art museum will open a newly built extension above the north wing and the completely renovated medieval monastery church to the public for the first time after two years of construction. The building project in the state capital of Magdeburg was funded with EUR 8.6 million from the “Cultural Heritage” program of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The Kunstmuseum Magdeburg gets a new exhibition floor for the collection in the north wing. A large brass mansard roof spans the new building from the city side, while the inside of the monastery courtyard follows the medieval cubature and blends in with the appearance of the cloister. Large windows open up the view of the city from the new exhibition space and enable the art to be staged in the light-flooded rooms.
The exhibition area offers space to present the results of the collecting activities of the last 20 years - primarily works of international contemporary art in painting and photography. This completes the tour through the collection, which now extends over four floors - from antiquity to the present day.
In the course of the construction work in the north wing of the art museum, the upper barrel vault (former refectory) was also renovated. International art after 1945 will be displayed here again.
The second part of the construction project involves the complete renovation of the interior of the Romanesque monastery church. In addition to the repair and restoration of the Romanesque and Gothic stone surfaces and decorative details from around 1068 and 1240, the ribbed vault in the choir of the monastery church, which was destroyed by a bomb in 1945, was rebuilt. This recently completed reconstruction of a Gothic vault using medieval technology over a centring is a process that is rarely carried out today and only by a few specialist companies.
The removal of the wooden beam ceiling in the choir, the erection of the Gothic vault, the modern reinterpretation of the windows and the renewal of the floor in the look of the medieval lime screed as well as the careful correction and interpretation of the colour of the surfaces were carried out in close coordination with specialist advisory boards, taking into account scientific research results and under the direct supervision of the monument protection authorities. The modernization of technical installations such as heating, fire alarm system and electrical engineering, as specified for publicly used cultural buildings, was carried out with great sensitivity, appropriate to the historic building.
With this renovation work, the construction work in the public area of the former monastery building, in which approx. 16.5 million euros have been invested since 2005, has been completed. Visitors now experience a renovation result that, developed and implemented over 20 years by the architectural office "HARTKOPF denk mal Architektur", is convincing and unique in its synopsis of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, careful interpretation of history and the latest additions to contemporary architecture.