Skulpturenpark Köln

The Skulpturenpark Köln Foundation – a non-profit organization responsible for the Skulpturenpark in Cologne

The Skulpturenpark Köln is an open-air museum for contemporary sculpture. The park was founded by the private initiative of the collector family, Dr. Michael (died 2005) and Dr. Eleonore (died 2007) Stoffel, in 1997 and celebrated in 2017 with the exhibition KölnSkulptur #9 its 20th anniversary. Since 2008, the non-profit Skulpturenpark Köln Foundation has been financially, administratively and organizationally responsible for the Skulpturenpark in Cologne. This ambitious project is financed by the Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation, as well as by income raised from letting the house on the Elsa Brändström Strasse (the former private house of the collector family Stoffel), and by an annual grant from the city of Cologne that sets off the operating costs and supports the Skulpturenpark Köln as a cultural institution.

The park, which is about 35,000 square meters in size, is an oasis of peace and contemplation in the middle of the surrounding urban infrastructure, a place for the immediate experience of contemporary sculpture. It is located in the triangle between Zoobrücke, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer and Riehler Straße.

The Skulpturenpark Köln has won national and international recognition in the art world and with the public at large. A wide range of contemporary sculptures is presented in the form of temporary outdoor exhibitions. The KölnSkulptur exhibition series has a remarkable history, its reputation strengthened over the years by a total of nine exhibitions and accompanying catalogs. During this time, the park has featured contemporary outdoor sculptures by more than 150 internationally renowned artists. Among the best known are Rosemarie Trockel, Dan Graham, Joel Shapiro, Markus Lüpertz, Ulrich Rückriem, Marc di Suvero, Günther Förg, Tony Cragg, Alexander Calder, Markus Kippenberger, Anish Kapoor, Norbert Kricke, Tom Burr, to mention but a few.

Many works have been specially created for the KölnSkulptur exhibition cycle. The production of new artworks is financed by the non-profit Skulpturenpark Köln Foundation to ensure their realization. Sponsors, promotors and patrons who supported in the past continue to generously promote the current KölnSkulptur exhibition series.
For many young artists, the participation in the KölnSkulptur exhibition cycle was the beginning of their international careers.

The Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto was able to create his first work outside of Japan, Garden Gallery, 2011, during the KölnSkulptur # 6 exhibition in 2011. One year later, Sou Fujimoto designed the Pavilion 2012 for the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park and won the Architecture Biennale in Venice in the same year.

The KölnSkulptur exhibition series has a biennial character. Every two years the Skulpturpark Köln Foundation appoints an independent curator, who then organizes the KölnSkulptur exhibition according to his or her own concept. Each exhibition has its own visual identity and defines and reinterprets the sculpture park in Cologne with significant contemporary outdoor sculptures. Recent curators were, among others, Renate Goldmann, Friedrich Meschede, Thomas D. Trummer and Chus Martínez.

The Skulpturenpark Köln is open all year round - 365 days a year - and the Skulpturenpark Köln Foundation does not charge any entrance fees. The sculpture park is visited annually by approx. 60,000 - 100,000 guests. More and more school classes, as well as students from the Cologne region, young people, families, guided groups, people of all ages from Germany and abroad visit the park every year. At 3 p.m. on every first Sunday of the month, the Skulpturenpark Köln Foundation provides a public guided tour.

Since 2008, the non-profit Skulpturenpark Köln Foundation has continued to uphold the original idea of the Stoffel family to secure the future of the Skulpturenpark in Cologne and to preserve it as a place of artistic dialogue and reflection in this exceptional symbiosis of nature and art.

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