Mr Karl-Heinrich Muller is now my favourite German real estate agent. Who else buys a NATO missile base and turns it into an art museum?
With the Cold War cooling, the Raketenstation at Neuss-Holzheim, a few kilometres south-east of Dusseldorf, was decommissioned. Herr Muller bought it in 1994, along with 62 acres of meadows, lakes and forest in the neighbouring Insel Hombroich park, with the Erft River fast flowing around it.
He commissioned Sculptor Erwin Heerich to construct ten ‘walk-in sculptures’ – buildings set in the gardens to house the collection of works, including some by Rembrandt, Matisse, Alexander Calder and Hans Arp. Artist Anatol Herzfeld lives and works in the grounds.
The result is Museum Insel Hombroich, a living, private museum unlike any we’ve ever seen before.
Have you ever found yourself spending more time reading the sign next to the painting than looking at the work itself?
A deliberate feature of Insel Hombroich is that there are no signs in the gardens and no interpretative labels by the art works. Even the artists are not identified.
Perhaps I should do likewise in this post…
The conservation area around the museum is protected habitat for animal and plant species.
Thanks, Theo and Marja for discovering the place and taking us there, and danke schon, Herr Muller!
Combined entry to Museum Insel Hombroich and Raketenstation costs EUR15.