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

This version is 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 here. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please forward any error reports and recommendations to KaM@Kunst-am-Moltkeplatz.de


Invitation to the

Finissage "Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group 2"
by Phung-Tien Phan

Sunday 17. November 2019 at 15:00 h

in the parish hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz

The temporary work "Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group 2" by Phung-Tien Phan has been at the Moltkeplatz sculpture park for close to a year.

Before it is dismantled and removed towards the end of November 2019 the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. cordially invites you to say goodbye. The artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr. Anna Fricke will be present.

During the finissage, Phung-Tien Phan's recently published artist book "Bankett Gruppe" will be presented, and the artist will be available to sign them. Invitation and additional information here.


on 04 Nov 2019after a general meeting of the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. in the SELK church community hall, Dr. Paul Breloh (member of the community of heirs of the Heinz Breloh estate) presented a film showing his brother, the sculptor Heinz Breloh (1940-2001), working to create a plaster mould of a "Lebensgröße / Life Size" sculpture.
Images of the projection screen taken with the consent of Paul Breloh. Click into an image to enlarge it.

Those present at the screening of the film were able to see how Heinz Breloh built the form and used his body to shape it. They were able to visually follow a working method which Manfred Schneckenburger had described with his own words on the occasion of the (re-) installation of a "Lebensgröße / Life Size" sculpture on the Moltkeplatz in 2016; for the text presented at that time (with a multitude of further explanations on the work of Heinz Breloh) see here.

The bronze casting of the plaster mould shown in the film is on display as "Lebensgröße / Life Size Magdeburg" at the local art museum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen (see outdoor picture).

picture by Peter Kremer 2019

The sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" at the Moltkeplatz is a casting of a different plaster mould created by Heinz Breloh in a very similar way.

on 06 Oct 2019 a group of volunteers from the Kunstring Folkwang e.V. took part in a guided tour of the sculpture park. Among the participants were Christine Heim, responsible for programs and project management, and Peter Daners, board member and managing director of the Kunstring.

Unfortunately the weather was quite adverse. Still, the participants learned more about the history of the art venue Moltkeplatz, the individual sculptures, and about the efforts and activities of the association KaM e.V..


Towards the end of the tour, the group gathered next to the temporary work Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group 2 of the artist Phung-Tien Phan (which had been opened in Nov 2018 in weather conditions just as bad).

Afterwards, the group met in a restaurant next to the sculpture park, and - after having been warmed and dried again - learnt more about the works and the association KaM e.V.
based on explanations and pictures - accompanied by drinks and snacks. Peter Gorschlüter, the director of the Museum Fokwang, joined the group for these explanations and the subsequent event of the community of the volunteers for the Museum Folkwang.

on 10 Sep 2019, within the series of the "Feierabendspaziergänge / after-work-walks" of the 
Rheinischer Verein für Denkmalpflege und Landschaftsschutz, there was a guided tour of the sculptures park. Following the welcoming address by Dr Martin Bredenbeck (Director, Rheinischer Verein), Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz (founding member and board member of Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V.), under the title
Moltkeplatz: Platz für Kunst und engagierte Bürger / 
Moltkeplatz : A place for art and committed citizens ,

presented and explained the works of art standing on the Moltkeplatz sculpture meadowPart of the explanations also covered the activities of the association KaM e.V., whose committed efforts since 2006 have enabled the sculpture ensemble to be preserved and further developed in the long term.

left picture: Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz (KaM) and Dr Martin Bredenbeck (Rheinischer Verein), from left

After the end of the walk, some participants of the group sat together over something to eat and to drink in a restaurant next to the sculptures park. 

The Südanzeiger had announced this "after-work-walk" on 07 Sep (see here); and WAZ/NRZ on 09 Sep 2019.

The annual programme 2019 of the after-work-walks of the Rheinischer Verein can be found here . 

in the evening of 11 Aug 2019, a group of KaM members, friends and neighbours met by the sculptures to enjoy the sculppture park - and to enjoy snacks and drinks which had been brought along. All together, more than 20 people sat together under the old high plane trees having lots of animated conversations.


Shortly after 23:30 h everything was packed and removed.

on 06 July 2019 KaM e.V. celebrated its annual sculpture festival at the Moltkeplatz
The association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. had invited friends of the arts and of the Moltkeplatz, acquaintances, and neighbours to the event. Sread out over the afternoon and evening, more than 100 guests came and spent their time at the artworks: in cheerful company, in interesting conversations, with a snack or a glass in their hands ...

Starting at 16 h,  the artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr. Anna Fricke had an artist's talk next to the temporary work "Bankett Gruppe 2, 2018" by Phung-Tien Phan. More about this and the sculpture festival  here.

on 05 July 2019 a WAZ/NRZ article titled "Kunst-Jury will mehr gestalten" was published, dealing with questions about the situation of art in public spaces in the city of Essen. For the article click into the small picture or  here. 

The article mentiones the sculpture ensemble at the Moltkeplatz and the association KaM e.V. quite positively. KaM´s 13th sculpture festival which is planned for the next day is also mentioned.

since 17 April 2019 the online issue of the coolibri magazine mentions the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz ... together with several other works of art in the Metropole Ruhr. 

http://f.kamessenbilder.de/b/Logo Coolibri Apr2019.jpg
  For the article click here.

On 28 March 2019, students of the UNESCO-Schule Essen exhibited their own temporary works on the Moltkeplatz under the title "Sculptures in Dialogue". These works were inspired by the permanent works of the sculptures ensemble. The students had dealt with them in their art classes together with their teacher Volker Ullenboom. 

This was the third such exhibition on the Moltkeplatz following similar events in 2016 and 2017.

After some introductory words by KaM, the city of Essen Mayor Rudolf Jelinek welcomed the students of the UNESCO School, and all those present. This was followed by words by the head of the UNESCO School Silvia Lichtenstein, and of the art teacher Volker Ullenboom. 

Click on an image to enlarge it.

Here are three of the exhibited temporary "Sculptures in Dialogue". On guided tours with the visitors, the students explained their works. More pictures and written information about all works here. 

The event was a cooperation between the UNESCO-Schule Essen and the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V.. More information here.

WAZ/NRZ press article dated 29 March 2019 about the exhibiton here and here.

The press office of the city of Essen reports about the event and the participation of the Mayor Rudolf Jelinek here. 

on 16 March 2019 KaM members and neighbours took part together in the 14th Action Spick-and-Span / Sauber Zauber campaign of the city of Essen. Despite the bad weather forecast for the day - which turned out to be much better than feared - eight people came together and - as in previous years - cleaned the sculpture park and the surrounding areas of rubbish and refuse. Glass and plastic bottles were just as much a part of it as discarded clothing, car parts and a lot of packaging waste. The action ended with a nice get-together.

Various rubbish bags, well filled to various levels, were deposited at a central point for later collection by the city of Essen garbage collection service.

on 15 Feb 2019 the twin exhibition "B1 - Constructors of artistic form" and "Konsortium - Triumvirat" was opened in the Märkisches Museum Witten.

"B1" was a project by 10 artists from the Ruhr area from the late 1960s (before the B1 road was renamed to Autobahn A40). Friedrich Gräsel - whose work  "Hanover Gate / Hannover Tor" has been on display at the Moltkeplatz since 1982 - was part of the B1 project; several of his works can be found in the exhibition in Witten.

The artist group "Konsortium" has exhibited their temporary work "Korridor" on the Moltkeplatz during 2014-2015 within the series "young Art At The Moltkeplaz / junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz". During that time, a work by Friedrich Gräsel and Konsortium could be seen side by side.

Friedrich Gräsel "Hanover Gate / Hannover Tor" 
and Konsortium "Korridor"

on 23 Jan 2019: second day this winter with snow on the sculptures 

"Banquet Group / Bankett Gruppe 2, 2018" of Phung-Tien Phan: fenced-in area, and one single "being" (out of eight).

On 16 Dec 2018, for the first time this winter,  snow covered the sculptures ... for the first time also the temporary artwork "Banquet Group / Bankett Gruppe 2, 2018" of the artist Phung-Tien Phan.

Click on an image to enlarge it.

Unfortunately, after half a day the snow thawed, and the snowfall turned to rain.

On 12 Nov 2018, a group of art students from the University of Duisburg-Essen, together with their lecturer Johanna Schwarz, visited the sculpture ensemble.

Click into a picture to view it in full size

During a guided tour the art works as well as their materials and surfaces were discussed and the peculiarities of art in public space were pointed out. 

The temporary artwork "Banquet Group 2, 2018"  by the artist Phung-Tien Phan, which had been opened the day before as the seventh work within the series "young" Art at the Moltkeplatz was also discussed in detail.

on 11 Nov 2018 the vernissage for the temporary work "Banquet Group 2, 2018" by the artist Phung-Tien Phan took place. This is the seventh work in the series "young" Art at the Moltkeplatz which was started by KaM in 2010. The work, consisting of eight separate parts (= "beings") and a fence, will complement the ensemble of permanent sculptures until about Oct 2019. Read more about it here.

left-hand picture by Erwin Wiemer: visitos included, from right to left: Peter Gorschlüter (director Museum Folkwang), Muchtar Al Ghusain (Deputy for Culture and Schools), Franz-Josef Britz (Mayor of the city of Essen), Dirk Heidenblut (MdB/MP), Phung-Tien Phan (artist), Anna Fricke (curator Museum Folkwang), Volker Wagenitz (KaM) 

Due to bad weather, the vernissage was "spontaneously" moved from the sculptures ensemble into the church of the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche SELK, which was kindly made available by Pastor Klaus Pahlen.

More about it here.

This project is sponsored and supported by Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung and Sparkassenlotterie "PS-Sparen und Gewinnen"

Earlier entries in the archives 2018

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

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015

2016  2017  2018

Highlight of 2017 (more in the archives)

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 .

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.