Duisburg is the first address for art lovers! The whole of three art museums – Museum Küppersmühle, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum and Museum DKM – display a varying exhibition programme as well as their exceptional collections, each with different focal points.

In addition, the Cubus exhibition hall, the lively and active art- and gallery scene and numerous public artworks offer many exciting places for art experiences in Duisburg. More than 40 big sculptures in the Kant Park surround the Lehmbruck Museum and visitors may discover the fountain sculptures on Königstraße (by Niki de Saint Phalle among others) or the subway station designed by Gerhard Richter and Isa Genzken on their way to the inner harbour.

Museum DKM, Duisburg; © Stiftung DKM |
Foto: Werner J. Hannappel

Museum DKM

The Museum DKM is located in the town center of Duisburg on Güntherstraße 13 – 15 between Kantpark, with the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, and the Central Station. In 2005, the Swiss architect Hans Rohr faced the challenge of converting a residential and commercial property dating from the nineteen sixties, consisting of front-building and a courtyard structure, to which he would add a further building, into a museum for artworks. In accordance with the donors’ concept, the museum’s design was intended to display the art with noble renitence. The result was a museum-complex consisting of three buildings that encompass 51 gallery spaces stretching out over a total of 2,700 square metres on five levels. The spaces in the new building provide staged views of the outside section. The foyer containing the museum café provides visitors with a place to relax and refresh.

Güntherstr. 13 – 15, 47051 Duisburg, T. +49 203 9355547 0

Lehmbruck Museum

Well known throughout Europe for its outstanding collection of modern international sculpture, this museum offers an unusual combination of exceptional architecture placed in a sculpture park, as well as sculpture sited within the urban environs. Commencing with the life work of Wilhelm Lehmbruck and his contemporaries, the world of art encounters sculpture from all over the world in an exhibition space of 5000 square meters. Monographically and thematically grouped exhibition rooms are sequentially arranged in an open space. Paintings, works on paper and the new media complement the sculptural collection.

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40, 47049 Duisburg, T. +49 203 283 2630 3294

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
Foto: Jürgen Diemer
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Frontansicht
Foto: Georg Lukas, Essen

MKM Museum Küppersmühle

Located in the heart of Duisburg’s vibrant Inner Harbour district, and celebrated as one of Germany’s largest, privately-run museums, the MKM has since its opening in 1999 become a cultural beacon across the Ruhr metropolis. The world-renowned team of Basle-based architects Herzog & de Meuron has transformed the former mill and grain storage silo into an art museum, providing currently some 3,600 sq.m. of exhibition space.

With the Ströher Collection, the MKM houses one of the most extensive collections of German post-war art, showcasing primarily paintings by the most influential artists dating from the 1950s to the present day. Among the artists featured in the MKM are: Georg Baselitz, Peter Brüning, Ralph Fleck, K.O. Götz, Candida Höfer, Gerhard Hoehme, Anselm Kiefer, Norbert Kricke, Markus Lüpertz, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, A.R. Penck, Otto Piene, Gerhard Richter, Hans-Christian Schink, Bernard Schultze, K.R.H. Sonderborg, Fred Thieler, Hans Uhlmann and Günther Uecker.

Philosophenweg 55, 47051 Duisburg, T. +49 203 30194811

Die RuhrKunstMuseen [RuhrArtMuseums]

Museum DKM is a member of the RuhrArtMuseums. Twenty art museums of the Ruhr area have come together to form a tight network: while modern and contemporary art is the strong point of the majority of the RuhrArtMuseums, several of them also contain important collections of the 19th century, classical modernism as well as ancient and non-european art.

A grid of high-quality collections, located in industrial buildings, castles, prominent post-war architectures and spectacular new constructions, is spreading out over 15 cities, from Duisburg to Hamm, from Hagen to Marl. Visiting the museums, one also gets a representative overview of the Ruhrarea’s architecture.

The RuhrArtMuseum’s joint efforts demonstrate the impressive variety of the collections of modern and contemporary art in the region’s museums. Since 2010, visitors as well as residents can experience the wide range of the Ruhrmetropolis’ museums by means of joint communication, exhibition projects and cultural promotion.

To kick their partnership off, the educational programme “Collection Tours”, held in 2010 when the Ruhr Area was the European cultural capital, underlined the museums’ connectivity. At the same time, the museums presented the “Mapping the Region” series of exhibitions.

Joining big and smaller houses with national and international importance, not only will the RuhrArtMuseums sustainably develop their cultural education and promotion and design exhibitions reflecting on the future of Europe’s third biggest metropolitan area through means of art, but in the long term also place a focus on raising awareness for their collections.