Art travelers enjoy looking for new, exciting museums, and exhibition spaces. They will soon find what they are looking for in Germany, where a wealthy commodity trader wants to turn a monument into an art museum. The building in question is Derneburg Castle, which should become one of the largest private museums in Europe. In the future, art lovers will find plenty of contemporary art here.
Derneburg Castle lies in the middle of the Lower Saxony lowlands, south of Hildesheim. For a long time, the castle was considered an insider tip, but that is over now. The concept of the new museum is ambitious. Visitors should experience great art here that does not adapt to fashion, and the planned special exhibitions should change several times a year. Andrew Hall has invested 15 years in renovating the building and the construction work should be completed in four years. After the restoration work, this monumental building will become a brilliant museum.
In recent years, art lovers have already had a foretaste of what is to come here. You can currently visit a themed exhibition called “The Passion” and several solo exhibits here. Among them are the Spaniard Jorge Galindo and the American Sante D’Orazio. The source of these works is the private collection of the owners Andrew and Christine Hall, who both are among the world’s most important collectors of contemporary art. You can regularly find the couple in the top 200 of various international rankings. Their collection includes around 6,000 objects.
Hall got rich from trading in oil, but he also proved to be a skillful investor in art. The focus of his collection is on German art after 1945. That collection of his is one of the most extensive of all. The couple often buys entire supplies simultaneously, just like a collection by the German painter Georg Baselitz in the past. Its 120 works are now part of the Hall Art Foundation.
Baselitz was a previous owner of Derneburg Castle. He bought it in 1974 in a desolate state. It subsequently became his home and studio. When the Hall couple visited him one day, Baselitz offered them the castle as the future location for their collection. The Americans bought it and have been doing the restoration ever since. The construction work also includes numerous conversions and additions, since the couple’s aim is to turn the castle into a real work of art. The former monastery is more than 800 years old and already has an eventful history behind it, but now it is to rise in new splendor.
The exhibition area will encompass 10,000 square meters in total. These are distributed in countless rooms, ranging from halls to reception rooms to former stables. So far there have been 96 exhibition rooms; but the plan is to add 16 more. The entire area, including the park, covers 85,000 square meters. The first exhibitions have been open to the public since 2017. Admission is between 50 and 75 Euros. However, even after paying the entrance fee, you can admire the shows only with a guided tour. A maximum of 500 visitors is allowed per day. The owners also plan a hotel, a restaurant, and a research library with 50,000 books in the future.
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