Versatile, dedicated, and courageous - that’s the way the unique mix of culture in Münster presents itself. What’s it going to be? Theatre, music, literature or the visual arts?
You’ll encounter sculptures throughout the city, since artists of world renown have been gathering here every ten years since 1977 to present the works of art they created specifically for Münster. The skulptur projekte münster ranks among the most important contemporary exhibitions in Germany. Many of the works on display help mould the character of the townscape to this day.
Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster
Old and new, international and domestic art in Münster communicates self-confidently in a mutual dialogue. Two eminent examples of this are the Münster Museum of Pablo Picasso Art and the LWL Museum for Art and Culture. Furthermore, Münster’s Academy of Arts is producing a young avant-garde that presents itself in the city’s numerous galleries and studio houses or in the Münster Exhibition Hall at the Creative Quai.
"Two Gray Double Mirrors for a Pendulum" by Gerhard Richter
The painter and sculptor Gerhard Richter has created a work of art in the baroque Dominikanerkirche (church) in Münster that is sure to assume pride of place on Germany’s map for those interested in culture and art: "Two Gray Double Mirrors for a Pendulum" consists of a Foucault pendulum with a metal sphere weighing 48 kilograms that swings in the centre of the building between four upright, rectangular, mirrored glass panels on a stainless steel cord with a length of 28.75 metres.
The church is expected to be closed until autumn 2021.
In summer 2017, Münster was, for the fifth time, the venue for the “Skulptur Projekte” event. Since 1977, this renowned, large-scale exhibition with its unique concept has been staged at regular ten-year intervals. More than thirty new artistic positions, ranging from classical sculpture to performative art, were to town from 10 June to 1 October 2017.
Do you prefer the theatre? Well that’s good, since Münster’s “theatrescape” is extremely diversified. Alongside the classical repertory comprising stage, music, dance, and children’s and adolescents’ theatre, the Theater Münster also has room for the Niederdeutsche Bühne (Low German Theatre). Furthermore, the free scene provides theatre lovers with an extensive programme - from “boulevard” to “vaudeville shows” and “experimental”.
But Münster also has much to offer in terms of music. Besides the municipal symphonic orchestra, there are numerous ensembles under the umbrella of the university and the conservatoire, as well as private ensembles and an outstanding series of master concerts. What’s more, Münster has also been making a name for itself in the field of jazz music – namely, as host of the International JazzFestival, the guest list of which reads like a who’s who of the scene.
The numerous other festivals in Münster promise great cultural pleasure as well, continuously attracting international attention.