Welcome to the English language version of the KaM web site (v. 2013)

This version is still under development. For the time being, the pages on the individual sculptures within "The Sculptures" are available in English; some other pages or entries are in German only. If you get lost in translation then please restart from this page. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please forward any error reports and recommendations to KaM@Kunst-am-Moltkeplatz.de


on 22 April 2018  a guided tour of the sculptures´ ensemble with discussions was part of a neighbours´ family celebration. Following the introduction to the art works present, and some talks there was just enough time to get home, and continue to celebrate the special day for the family before an approaching thunderstorm got here and soaked the area.

on 13 April 2018 members and friends of KaM had a chance to attend the opening of the exhibtion "Friedrich Gräsel - Working heart. Skulptur und Zeichnung im Dialog". The Art Estate business unit of the Cologne-based auction house Van Ham has been managing the estate of Friedrich Gräsel (1927 - 2013) since 2016. To be on display 14 thru 28 April 2018 in the Van Ham  building, a large and well compiled selection of Friedrich Gräsel´s oeuvre is presented.

During a panel dialogue with Van Ham Art Estate´s Director Dr. Renate Goldmann, Titus Gräsel - one of Friedrich Gräsels´s sons and himself an artist, too - provided first-hand information on some aspects of his father`s life and work. This was followed by an introduction to the Van Ham-prepared web site www.friedrich-graesel.de , and the interactive works catalogue it provides.

left: outdoor sculpture at the Van Ham premisses; right: Titus Gräsel next to a glass table featuring Gräsel´s Rosenthal porcelain tubes 

Two large outdoor sculptures of Friedrich Gräsel are on display at the premisses next to the Van Ham- building.

Friedrich Gräsel has supported KaM from the very beginning, and in numerous ways. In 2007 and 2008 KaM-members had the privilege of a guided tour through his studio conducted by himself, and in 2014 - after his death - they were given a chance to have another look together with his sons. Impressions of those visits  here  und  here.

on 31 March 2018 members of the association KaM e.V. used the nice spring weather to clean the signs showing the way to the sculptures park Moltkeplatz. Algae, dirt, and moss had accumulated there over the years, and needed to be removed. While working on these signs a number of traffic signs were also cleaned.

The signs showing the way to the sculptures park were erected at both ends of the Moltkeplatz in time for the year of the Cultural Capital of Europe RUHR.2010.

on 10 March 2018 members of the association KaM, together with neighbours of the Moltkeplatz, have jointly participated in the 13. Aktion SauberZauber "spick-and-span" action day of the city of Essen. A total of 14 persons collected refuse, left-over, and other waste from the sculptures park and the surrounding areas ... this year enjoying the sunny early spring weather. The action day ended with an informal get-together.

Photo:  Michael Kampkötter Sandra Singh

Numerous bags filled with bottles, plastics, and other waste were deposited at a collection point for the city of Essen garbage collection service Entsorgungsbetriebe Essen EBE.

from 09/10/11 Dec 2017 the first snow fell this winter ... covering the sculptures, too.

After a few hours, the snow turned into rain ... coming back as snow the next day ... then rain again ... then snow...

on 02 Dez 2017 - during the UNESCO School Essen´s open day - students put on display in their school some of the works that they had presented at the Moltkeplatz on 13 Oct. This was complemented by tables, descriptions etc. covering the making of the works and their background. In addition there was a slide show featuring pictures of the action day at the Moltkeplatz on 13 Oct.

Additional pictures here.

13 Oct 2017   Students of the UNESCO School Essen present own art works at the Moltkeplatz

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For an outdoor afternoon in beautiful warm late-summer weather - including spells of sunshine - students of the UNESCO Schule Essen in their final year prior to graduation / Abitur put on display temporary art works at the sculptures park Moltkeplatz. After 2016, this was the second such event. The students´ works were inspired by the ensemble of permanent sculptures. Since early summer 2017, as part of their art studies at the UNESCO school, and with some support from KaM e.V. (see entries below starting 09 Jun 2017), the students had dealt with the Moltkeplatz. During their exhibition the students were present and provided explanations and guidance to the numerous visitors. WAZ/NRZ had carried articles dated 03 Oct, and 13 Oct 2017; and Südanzeiger dated 04 Oct, and 11 Oct 2017.

More about this project - including a larger set of pictures - here (in German).

On 10 Oct 2017 the newly published book "Architektur der Essener Plätze / Architecture of Essen´s Public Squares" was introduced to the public. Authors, editor, and publisher were present. On pp. 132/133 the book gives a detailed description of the Moltkeplatz, mentions the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz founded in 2006, and, among others, displays both historical and current pictures of the park.

Berger Bergmann, Peter Bredenk (ed.): Architektur der Essener Plätze, Oktober 2017, 196 pp, Essen, www.klartext-verlag.de (pub.), ISBN 978-3-8375-1710-1

On 24 Sep 2017 the Sculptures Park Moltkeplatz was one of several locations for the "Schnipseljagd" paper chase along the the NaturLinie 105 tram line. The event - comprising some seven stations along the tram line, starting in the North of Essen - had been organized by the Green Capital. See below for a few impressions at the sculptures park.

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Enjoying beautiful late summer weather some twelve groups of "paper chasers" came to the Moltkeplatz. To solve the tasks presented to them they had to take a very close look at the seven permanent sculptures - and the one temporary, which was present just for the day. Quite some attention was paid to this very special reclined temporary work "Terra" in the centre of the sculptures park.

Among others, a harlequin pantomime was available to assist the groups, and two members of KaM e.V. to answer questions and provide information. After having solved the riddle the groups were given another snippet to further complete their plan, and information on how to reach the next station of the paper chase.

The riddle that had to be solved at he sculptures park Moltkeplatz is available - in a similar form - as a Geocache: see her https://coord.info/GC1TXHM 

on 16 Sep 2017, at the Lehmbruck Museum, the presentation of a documentation, and opening of an exhibition on RHEINORANGE by Lutz Fritsch took place

Lutz Fritsch signing a copy of the RHEINORANGE documentation

During the ceremony at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg speakers recalled the 25th "birthday" of the sculpture RHEINORANGE (which has been set up in 1992), and its restoration in 2016. With its height of 25 m RHEINORANGE marks the location of the estuary of the river Ruhr into the river Rhein in Duisbrug-Kasslerfeld ... visible from the distance in its bright RAL 2004 colour "Reinorange" (without "H"; literally "pure orange").

Two year before, in 1990, Lutz Fritsch had set up his work  EIN•STAND / MONO•POLE on the traffic island Moltkeplatz / Ruhrallee as part of the Moltkeplatz sculptures´ ensemble.

01 Sep 2017:  Brochure about the Art Venue Moltkeplatz has been released

10 Jahre Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. - 35 Jahre Skulpturenwiese Moltkeplatz
10 years association KaM e.V. - 35 years Sculptures Park Moltkeplatz

Text by Dr Uwe Rüth and Tankred Stachelhaus

The brochure documents the history of the Art Venue Moltkeplatz since its inception. It covers the time span from 1982 - when the first sculpture ("Hannover Tor / Hanover Gate" by Friedrich Gräsel) was erected by the Essen gallery owner Jochen Krüper - all the way to the temporary exhibitions of the "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / young Art at the Moltkeplatz" series initiated by KaM e.V. which was founded in 2006. More about the brochure here. An English language text-only version of the brochure is available  here .

On 06 Sep 2017 the team, carrying the newly printed brochures, met by the sculptures. From left: Tankred Stachelhaus, Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz, Susanne Wolff, Volker Wagenitz, Uwe Rüth, and Frank Hirsch. (Picture by Katharina Wieczorek)

The brochure was presented to the public in combination with a panel discussion on Art in Public Spaces, on 09 Sep 2017 at the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz.

The participants of the panel discussion; from left: Volker Wagenitz (KaM), Lutz Fritsch (artist), Tankred Stachelhaus (host), Lars Breuer (artist), Gerd Mahler (Chair, Jury Art in Public Spaces Essen), Andreas Bomheuer (City of Essen Deputy responsible for culture)

Audience at the presentation and panel discussion.

More about the brochure here.

Numerous episodes etc mentioned in the brochure are also documented by entries in the  Literature/Press, and in the Archive pages (in German).

The WAZ/NRZ newspapers carry an article on the brochure on 07 Sep 2017, see  herethe Lokalkompass also on 07 Sep 2017, and Südanzeiger on 09 Sep 2017.

earlier entries for 2017 in the 2017 archives.

click here for the archives  (mostly in German) for the years

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015

2016  2017

Highlight of 2013 (more in the archives)

Sonntag  23. Juni 2013

war die Vernissage mit der Eröffnung des Werkes "HOrigamiUSE" von Frank Bölter.
Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt führte in das Werk ein. Mehr zu Werk, Aufbau, Vernissage und Links zu weiteren Bildern und Informationen hier. 

am Samstag  22. Juni 2013

stellte Frank Bölter - als viertes Werk im Rahmen der Aktion junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz - sein übermannshohes, nach einer Origami-Anleitung gefaltetes, "Haus" auf dem Moltkeplatz auf. KaM-Mitglieder, Kunstinteressierte und Anwohner waren zum Aufbau eingeladen und haben intensiv mitgearbeitet.

Erwin Wiemer hat den Vorgang gefilmt und auf YouTube eingestellt; für den Beitrag klicken Sie hier.

Mehr zu Werk, Aufbau, Vernissage und Links zu weiteren Bildern und Informationen hier.

Highlight aus 2012 (weiteres im Archiv)

22.-26. Mai 2012

in dieser Woche hat Hannes Forster auf dem Moltkeplatz sein Werk Eine echte falsche Geschichte aus 1990 endgültig fertiggestellt. Die Auslegung des Innenraums des Werkes mit roten Ziegelpflaster war seinerzeit zwar geplant worden, ist aber erst jetzt - nach 22 Jahren - realisiert worden. Die Kosten für die Fertigstellung hat der Verein KaM getragen.

Hannes Forster bei den letzen Schritten zur Fertigstellung seines Werkes.

Die WAZ berichtete mit einem Artikel vom 29./30. Mai 2012 .

Highlight aus 2011 (weiteres im Archiv)

23. Dez.  2011

Das Hannover Tor ist gerettet

Der Kaufpreis ist aufgebracht. Der Skulpturenverein Moltkeviertel e.V. SiM hat den Kaufvertrag unterschrieben und den Kaufpreis überwiesen.

Das Hannover Tor bleibt damit auf Dauer dem Skulpturenensemble auf dem Moltkeplatz und der Stadt Essen erhalten. Wir danken allen Spenderinnen und Spendern und den weiteren Unterstützern unserer Bemühungen.

Seit dem 10. Aug. 2011 hatte sich der Skulpturenverein Moltkeviertel e.V. SiM aktiv darum bemüht, Mittel zum Erwerb des Hannover Tors von Friedrich Gräsel einzuwerben.
Mehr dazu hier.

Highlight aus 2008 (weiteres im Archiv)

21. Mai 2008

Gloria Friedmanns "Denkmal" erstrahlt wieder in der Originalfarbe

(Das Gas-Häuschen im Hintergrund rechts wurde durch die Stadtwerke Essen in 2009 gereinigt und bepflanzt.)

Als erste Maßnahme nach Abschluß des Patenvertrags hat KaM dies Kunstwerk auf Kosten des Vereins reinigen und restaurieren lassen. Gloria Friedmann hat sich am 25. Mai 2008 sehr positiv zu dem Ergebnis der Restaurierung geäußert.

Lesen Sie mehr dazu in einem Artikel hier.


Highlight aus 2006 (weiteres im Archiv)

Mittwoch 21. Juni 2006

Am Mittwoch 21. Juni 2006 verhinderte eine Gruppe Anwohner den Abtransport des Hannover Tors. Lesen Sie den ganzen Artikel hier.

Fünf Jahre später, im Jahr 2011, wurde das Hannover Tor ein zweites Mal - nunmehr endgültig - für den Moltkeplatz "gerettet"... siehe unter "Highlight aus 2011" oben.