Museum Insel Hombroich


Prologue


 

„Kunst parallel zur Natur“

The island invites visitors to undertake a sensory journey of discovery through natural surroundings and architecture. The contemporary park formed by the restored plain of the river Erft symbolises the idea of an artistic cultural landscape through its dialogue between nature, art and architecture. Experiencing “art parallel to nature” – a free borrowing from a quote by Paul Cézanne – opens up many paths and interrelations.

Landscape designer Bernhard Korte combined different parts of the extensive terrain to form an area with parkland, a river plain and terraced ground. Paved and unpaved paths and tracks run through the tranquil landscape while bridges and walkways cross areas of water and swampy ground.

The sculptor Erwin Heerich created 11 pavilions, each of which – art in itself – is home to other works of art. When designing the pavilions, Heerich adhered to the concepts of plainness and simplicity but simultaneously adapted his buildings to the landscape of the Lower Rhine plain in an ideal and harmonious manner. The buildings blend into the landscape harmoniously as walk-in sculptures. The sun’s position and the seasons provide a charming, varying play of light between nature and architecture.

“Rosa Haus”, a villa dating from the 19th century, and its strict axial garden of 1820 can be regarded as the origin of the present-day park. Magnificent copper beeches, a court oak and a giant southern cypress date back to the park’s beginnings.

Visitors to the Museum Insel Hombroich have to decide for themselves whether they wish to give priority to the buildings and the works of art housed there or to the natural environment with its changes throughout the course of the seasons.