The Kunstmuseum Bonn is not only renowned for its collection, but due to its exceptional architecture, it is also a highlight of the Federal City of Bonn, which can hold its own internationally as well.
The building by Axel Schultes, with its ambitious concept of “flowing” space, provides convincing conditions both in terms of the dimensions of the individual rooms, their visual and material connecting axes, as well as with reference to the flow of light, for optimally presenting art in all of its facets, from the Classical Modern to the varieties of the most recent art.
After the Museum had been housed for many years in cramped conditions in the inner city of Bonn, the building that had been planned in the mid-1980s by the team of architects Dietrich Bangert, Bernd Jansen, Stefan Scholz and Axel Schultes (BJSS) was opened in June of 1992. As a component of the Bonn Museum Mile the architecture is convincing both from the outside and from the inside due to its openness and its flow of light. The discreet, but in no way somber, language of forms with its playful components does not lose itself in a self-celebration of architecture. Indebted in its size to the spirit of the late 1980s, the building wholly subordinates itself to its service function as an exhibition location for the fine arts, also from a practical standpoint.