Architecture / Jugendstil-Building / Grand Opening

The Grand Opening // The Jugendstil-Building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim reopens after a three year restoration-period on October 18 with a “Grand Opening”. The restoration of the museum aimed to optimise energy usage and constitutes a unique building project in Germany, generously funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology. The historical sequence of galleries was reinstalled as were the skylights in the Oberlicht-galleries. During the “Grand Opening” the Jugendstil-Building stands pure in its architectural noblesse, no artworks will be on display yet. Explore the new old Kunsthalle Mannheim and enjoy various events and tours (admission free).
The Jugendstil-Building opens its doors on Friday at 3 p.m. (Entrance via Lions’ Gate, Moltkestrasse). On the hour throughout Friday to Sunday 20-min. guided tours explain the history of the building from 1907 to the present (in German only). Highlight of the day is the illumination of a light-object in the domed central hall at 6 p.m., followed by an entertaining talk about the artist and his work. Saturday is all about performance: The Japanese born Aki Kato, former prima ballerina of the National Theatre Mannheim and internationally renown principal dancer, choreographed a dance with members of her company especially for the Grand Opening: The performance relates to the opening exhibition of the Kunsthalle in 1907 “Harmony in space and art” (12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.). Sunday is all attuned to music: The Mannheim-based Violin-duo The Twiolins presents a musical tour de force through the 100 years of history of the Jugendstil-Building from 1907 to the present (concerts commence at 2:00 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Monday is the day of words: Six entertaining talks by the Kunsthalle’s academic staff take into focus the museum’s former directors (talks begin on the hour). On Monday, the 20-min. tours explaining the history of the building leave from the domed central hall of the museum on the half-hour (11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. etc. / in German only). The Grand Opening ends with a jazz-concert by the famous Mannheim-trumpeter Thomas Siffling and his trio (starting at 7:00 p.m.).

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