My name is Sebastian Hartmann and I would like to adopt the Lehmbruck Museum.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I’m a real son of the Ruhr, an urban area in NRW, Germany, and European Capital of Culture 2010. I studied art history and sociology in Bochum, where I also lived for 5 years. After my traineeship in the Mediathek at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettman I moved to Düsseldorf, and for a year now I’ve been working for an IT company, advising museums and other institutions in the area of social media. I’m also a big museum fan outside of my work, and use my free time to visit exhibitions and other cultural offerings such as concerts.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Lehmbruck Museum is located in the middle of Duisburg, in the west of the Ruhr. The works of Wilhelm Lehmbruck form the base of the collection. The municipal yet independent museum is surrounded by the Immanuel-Kant-Park, a sculpture garden with over 40 exhibits to be experienced. As a big fan of sculpture, I really like to come here. Many of the artworks, such as ‘die Kniende’ (the kneeling woman) or David, at the entrance to the park, are themselves enough cause for a visit. In addition to this there are the multitude of changing exhibitions in the museum, mostly also sculptures. The museum is open all year round (though closed on Mondays, like many museums in Central Europe). Admittance costs 8 Euro, which is average for German museums.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I have chosen this museum for two reasons. As already mentioned, I like the genre the museum focuses on. In NRW, it’s rare to find such a collection of exciting artefacts in one place. And the special exhibitions also know how to draw you in: on my last visit, I was totally fascinated by the exhibited artists. The conceptual art pieces by Kris Martin were incredible. Whether it’s a gilded fly lying on its back, or a cast of the Laocoön Group sans snake, his artworks are just unique. This was followed by a special exhibition on Fabiàn Marcaccio. Aside from the fact, that I had never seen such a use of materials (silicon-like synthetic material coated with paint, partly with imprints), I was impressed with the integration of the ‘sculptures’ (technically they were ‘paintants’) into the permanent exhibition. The result was a juxtaposition of contemporary art with artefacts from the last 100 years.
My second reason for choosing the Lehmbruck Museum, is its social media activities. Always current, always great information on Facebook, Twitter and Co. (you can even find @dieKniende on Twitter!). For example, via Facebook, the museum promotes its event series ‘Plastikbar’, with usual activities such as yoga in the museum, parties, or small concerts. As a fan, you can stay up to date with the museum via the social web, even if you don’t live in Duisburg or visit that often. Sadly, I missed a great Web 2.0 event organised by fans – a flashmob in the city centre of Duisburg, where dozens of people imitated ‘die Kniende’ for several minutes in the pedestrian zone. Brilliant!
Why would you recommend people visit?
For a chance to try out the three great Tinguely machines, if nothing else, a visit to the Lehmbruck Museum is worth while. They are part of the permanently displayed artworks. But, as I already mentioned, the special exhibitions, as well as the permanent collection and the sculpture garden, are of a high quality and will surely give great pleasure to any sculpture fan. The staff is also extremely friendly, the shop has a wide range on offer, and there is art everywhere, even in the toilet area (you’ll have to visit and let yourself be surprised ;-)) And if you check in to the museum via Foursquare you get a free coffee – something you won’t find in every museum.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Surprising – friendly – (full of)art(ful)