Cologne Museum Night 2017
A captivating night of culture – A chance to marvel at amazing exhibitions by night, discover exciting art settings and enjoy live acts performing in unexpected places
On 4 November 2017, the Stadtrevue publishing house will be staging the 18th Cologne Museum Night, with more than 40 museums, art venues and studios across the city opening their doors to young and old.
As well as numerous exhibition highlights, including Picasso, Warhol and urban art, visitors can look forward to a varied programme of over 200 events. There’ll be live concerts, readings, light installations, creative workshops, performances and lots more. We asked the Museum Night team to give us a few recommendations for our readers and here they are!
The museum will be showing its “Expedition Middle Ages” exhibition, full of rare, awe-inspiring exhibits. There’ll also be a reading (at 9 p.m.) from the graphic novel “Crystal and incense” (in German), which is actually set in the museum, and ambient music courtesy of the TRAUM Schallplatten record label.
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud
Wild young things from Venice and Cologne is the theme here. The Wallraf will be showing world-famous works by the young, dynamic and imaginative Venetian painter Tintoretto. There’ll also be a reading (at 9 p.m.) by well-known German actor Kai Schumann from Hanns-Josef Ortheil‘s new novel, “Der Typ ist da” (in German), which is set against the backdrop of Venice and Cologne.
Museum of Applied Arts
For one night only, the museum’s “design lounge” will be transformed into a gaming lounge, with Mario Bros., Zelda and co. starring in an event inspired by the “Play up!” exhibition. Concert pianist Benyamin Nuss will provide the soundtrack, including extracts from the Final Fantasy games.
Museum of East Asian Art
Museum Night will see this place turn into a concert venue. The “Kölner Akademie” orchestra, conducted by Michael Alexander Willens, will perform contemporary compositions by Georg Kröll, Joachim Herbold, Xiaogang Ye and Xiaoyong Chen on Chinese and western instruments in what promises to be a unique experience for all the senses! (Starts at 8 p.m. and 10.30 p.m.).
The foyer of Museum Ludwig will be given over to “Kompakt goes Ludwig pt. 4”, featuring Bruno, Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas and Jules & Jondo (B2B) in sets ranging from the spherical to the technoid. They’ll be followed, at 2 a.m., by an after-show party, with Reinhard Voigt and Tobias Thomas from the legendary Cologne label Kompakt laying down the beats through the night.
The museum will be hosting a concert by half-Indonesian Sebastian Sturm – a key figure on the European roots reggae scene and a singer with an amazingly distinctive timbre to his voice, accompanied by his brilliant band Exile Airline. Starts at 11 p.m.
Right in the middle of the Roman ruins, HONIG will be performing in this intimate atmosphere their delicate yet complex folk pop at 8 and 11 p.m.
Quartier am Hafen
40 artists from various genres will be opening their studios to visitors on Museum Night. With an audiovisual installation entitled “You Allow Me To – TALK”, a whole array of performances and events to get guests up on the dance floor, this promises to be a night to remember.
Carnival Museum of Cologne
Carnival is an integral part of Cologne. On Museum Night, there’ll be a jumble sale where visitors can look for costumes for next year’s festivities! There’ll also be costumed tours, readings and concerts in the local dialect.
Ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung (Design Academy)
During Museum Night, ecosign will be focusing on the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, with hands-on activities for visitors – screen painting using soil and a superhero photo booth – plus waste-free snacks in an event that reflects the academy’s own focus on sustainability.
Cologne Museum Night
Date: November 4, 2017
- Free admission for children and young people up to 15 years of age.
- Buying in advance: Tickets can be bought online for 19 EUR (not including travel) at www.stadtrevue.de or for 21.50 EUR (includes travel within the VRS local transport region) at koelntourismus.de/tickets. The 19 EUR tickets are also available at any of the participating venues.
- Buying on the night: You can buy tickets for 19 EUR at any of the participating venues and at the info points at Neumarkt and in front of the Romano-Germanic Museum.