Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

My very subjective view on the Arp Museum

Have you ever been to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck???

Welcome! Please get closer!

Aron Demetz. 

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Current special exhibit with many interesting human-like sculptures from 22. August 2014 to 11. January 2015

The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck at Remagen in the Rhine Valley south of Bonn is composed of two main buildings: the entrance and restaurant area is in the old railway station Bahnhof Rolandseck, completely refurbished in 2002. 

And a second, very modern building behind and above it - the actual main museum, called the 'Richard Meier Bau' / Richard Meier building with most of the exhibition rooms and artworks of Hans Arp.

Hans Arp, also known as Jean Arp in France, (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966) was a German-French (Alsatian) sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.

He's known as one of the founders of the Dada movement, he broke with the Surrealist movement to found Abstraction-Création.

One of my museum's favourites was the connecting tunnel between the older part and the 'Richard Meier building", where you can find that great light sculpture. (I love light sculptures!)

Generally speaking I was more impressed by the museum's architecture then by most of the exhibited artworks! Sorry, Hans! ;-)

In a second (= next) post I want to display my photographic interpretation of that light sculpture tunnel!

Here's my photographic interpretation of the building's elevator to the 'Richard Meier Bau' at the end of the tunnel.

The museum's architecture gives ambitious photographers many options to work creatively as well and to find their metaphorical language of this great place (in my humble opinion).

Fortunately it was not forbidden to take photos in most of the exhibition spaces of the museum - only in one part of the current exhibition with Old Masters taking photos was not allowed.

Most (all?!) of Hans Arp's artwork is really reduced to the minimum - like the sculptures above
or the grafic sculpture at a white wall below.

But when I saw and took this photograph of a female bodybuilder displayed in a different part of the museum...  

... I felt the need to fuse both artworks to a result of its own in my subsequent picture editing... ;-)

= Fusion Art ;-)

So: Stand up - now it's your move!

The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck is waiting for you.

And it's really worth visiting! 

And: try to find your own very subjective view on the museum and its great artworks!


  1. Thank You for showing this place. If I ever be close enough, I will visit there.

  2. Beautiful for a visit, love it.

  3. Da lohnt sich doch ein Ausflug! Faszinierende Installationen und der Lichttunnel ist dir grandios gelungen.
    Habe bisher noch nie von dem Museum gehört.

  4. You have great talent with a camera and editing! I, too, love that light sculpture...and the architecture you captured so beautifully.

  5. What an interesting place! I can't wait to see more photos of the light sculpture tunnel. The black and white shot of the people on the bench is great, too. You are very talented!

  6. We would have fun together in the museum as I find 'art' so very subjective )and usually not very attractive in my eyes). I love the architecture of the buildings you captured. That old railway station is quite marvelous!

  7. This looks like an amazing place. You have really captured the 'feel' of much of this artwork


  8. Wow. It is amazing how unique every museum is.

  9. I've previously only known of Jean Arp from the remarkable close-up photos of his eye by British photographer Bill Brandt. Thanks for showing me a little of his work.

  10. The same with me, I am more interested in the architectures (the renovated old railway station is so nice) than the exhibited artworks except the light in the tunnel. But by this and the next post, you showed me how to enjoy the place with your imagination, creativity, and photographic and editing sense and skills…. if only photography is not forbidden like any other museums. Thank you for awakening my eyes, Uwe.