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Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. send 
their very best wishes for a Happy New Year 2017 to all members, friends, and neighbours.

Gloria Friedmann: Denkmal / Monument 1990                                                Heinz Breloh: Lebensgröße / Life Size 1994
picture taken 05 Jan 2009                                                                                                                    re-erected February 2016 

Wish it would look like this again: White Christmas at the Moltkeplatz


on the occasion of the open day of the UNESCO-Schule Essen on 26 Nov 2016, those students in their final year prior to their Abitur / graduation who had presented their temporary works at the sculpture´s green of the Moltkeplatz (see entry below dated 27 Sep 2016) - together with their arts teacher Volker Ullenboom - put on display their works (or pictures thereof) at the school. Most of the pictures showed the temporary works together with the permanent sculptures which had inspired them. More information here.

parts of the students´art gallery at the UNESCO-Schule

November 2016 ... autumn impressions from the Sculptures Park Moltkeplatz

of Nov 2016

early Nov 2016
"onda"  by Martin Pfeifle, and "Hanover Gate / Hannover Tor" by Friedrich  Gräsel with autumn foliage

since early October 2016 the Italian artist Stefano Cagol participates in the Ruhr.Residence 2016 - Program, and, under that scholarship for a few weeks, lives and works in the Kunsthaus Essen. The program is organized by KunstVereineRuhr, the network of Ruhr District regional art associations. KaM is member of this network, and - as a local contact - provides support to the artist. During an event on 21 Oct 2016, Stefan Cagol presented first impressions of his work here, and - within a live performance - combined them with recordings of former projects.

Stefano Cagol on 21 Oct 2016

Entries of all ten artists of the Ruhr.Residence 2016-Program can be found in their joint blog. Eight artists participate in the "GO" sub-project, providing for a stay of local artists outside of the Ruhr District, and two in the "RETURN" sub-project for non-locals to live and work in the Ruhr District area. For Stefano Cagol´s blog entries see here.

on 13 Oct 2016 Lutz Fritsch, whose work EIN•STAND/MONO•POLE is part of the Moltkeplatz sculptures ensemble, presented his work(s) at an artist´s talk "Von Ort zu Ort / From Place to Place" within his COSMOS exhibition in the Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal.  Several KaM-members/-friends listened with great interest.

Lutz Fritsch (right) next to his sculpture "Standortmitte"on the occasion of a guided tour for KaM on 28 Sep 2014

on 27 Sep 2016, some 55 students in their final year prior to their Abitur / graduation from the UNESCO-Schule Essen erected some 15 temporary works at the sculpture´s green of the Moltkeplatz. The public had been invited to the event. Together with their arts teacher Volker Ullenboom, and with support by KaM e.V., the students had previously dealt with art in public spaces, and specifically with the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz (see entries below on 23 Jun and later). On 27 Sep, the students presented their own works which were inspired by the Moltkeplatz and the sculptures present, or which dealt with or reflected on them. The Südanzeiger news paper had previously informed with an article of 24 Sep 2016, the online Lokalkompass here; and the WAZ news paper subsequently reported with an article of 27 Sep 2016 and the Südanzeiger with an article of 02 Nov 2016.

Additional images
and more information on this action on the Moltkeplatz in beautiful early fall weather


on 17 Sep 2016, there was the second guided tour for KaM of the "Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster" in Aachen-Kornelimünster. Dr Marcel Schumacher, head of the institution since April 2015, has been connected with the Moltkeplatz as curator of the KaM project "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / young Art At The Moltkeplatz". He had agreed to lead a group of KaM members thru his institution, for which we extend our special thanks.

in the foreground, to the right: Stahl-Polyeder by Ansgar Nierhoff

In front of the main entrance to the former "Reichsabtei / Imperial immediacy abbey" building, the group of KaM members was "greeted" by artwork of Ansgar Nierhoff (represented at the Moltkeplatz with his work Paarweise / In Pairs), and Christian Forsen (who, in 2010, was the first artist of the KaM project "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / young Art At The Moltkeplatz", and took part in the action Kunst im Wohnraum / Art in The Living Room in Essen in that same year 2010).

about this lively and most interesting guided tour here.

for 09 Sep 2016, the German president Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck, and Ms Daniela Schadt, by personal invitation (see here) had requested the presence of two residents of the Moltkeplatz at the annual  Bürgerfest / citizens´ festival  in the park of the president´s official residence Schloss Bellevue in Berlin. Both invitees have been active in the Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. association as founding members and members of its board. Together with some 2.500 others - all active in charitable non-for-profit organisations or projects in Germany - and some additional 1.500 accompanying guests, they enjoyed some highly memorable hours from afternoon thru late at night ... in great weather, and in a beautiful setting.

In his address, welcoming his guests, and thanking them for their charitable work, the Bundespräsident referred to their ehrenamtliche Engagement für die Zivilgesellschaft (charitable and not-for-profit commitment to the civic society), also mentioning Menschen, die sich für den Erhalt von Kunstschätzen einsetzen (people who are committed to save art works). (Audio excerpt of the Bundespräsident´s address here).

KaM e.V.
takes these words to also refer to its efforts, and gladly passes these words of gratitude of the Bundespräsident on to all members of the association KaM e.V., and to KaM´s supporters and sponsors.

Part of the Schloss Bellevue was open to the visitors during the festival. Towards the end a remarkable light show was projected onto Schloss Bellevue´s rear facade, and large fireworks were displayed. For some personal impressions of the Bürgerfest by the two KaM members see a video  here  (on youtube).

More to be found on Potsdam TV here, and at additional places on youtube (search youtube for  Bürgerfest 2016 Bundespräsident  or similar).

on 02 Sep 2016, a group of people of the Lehrstuhl für Elektronische Schaltungstechnik der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, during an outing in Essen, used the large white work "onda"  of Martin Pfeifle to meet, rest, and refresh. Within a short introduction they were provided with some information about the Moltkeplatz and its sculptures ensemble.

on 29/30 Aug, and 01 Sep 2016, classes for three arts courses of grade 13 students of the UNESCO-Schule Essen were held by their arts teacher Volker Ullenboom at the sculptures park Moltkeplatz. Some of the students had previously been exposed to the sculptures and had gained some insight (see entry of 23 - 29 Jun 2016 below). Building upon this prior knowledge further information was provided and more discussions held. Such exchange is influencing the students´ plannings in respect of their own temporary works and art actions in public spaces like the Moltkeplatz.

on 23 Aug 2016, a set of aerial images of the Moltkeplatz were taken with a focus on the prominent
large 7 x 10 meters all white wooden work
"onda" by Martin Pfeifle.

Photo: Thausing Aerial Solutions
view across the sculptures park Moltkeplatz from south (bottom) to north (top). Center:
"onda" by Martin Pfeifle; approx 15 meters upwards to the right: "Hannover Tor" by Friedrich Gräsel.

Additional aerial images here ; video on youtube  here.

on Sunday 21 Aug 2016, some 25 members of the parish of the SELK Autonomous Lutheran Church of Bad Essen-Rabber (east of Osnabrück), and their pastor, Superintendent Bernd Reitmayer, visited the SELK Autonomous Lutheran Church at the Moltkeplatz. In the afternoon KaM e.V. led the visitors on a guided tour to the sculptures in the park, and provided some explanations of the art work present.

The visitors´ group of the  SELK parish Bad Essen-Rabber filling the sculpture "Eine echte falsche Geschichte / A Genuine Fake Story" by Hannes Forster. This work gives the impression of the layout of a nave with it´s centre line directed towards the SELK Autononous Lutheran Church at the Moltkeplatz on the opposite side of the street. In the picture left: Klaus Pahlen, pastor of the SELK parish Essen at the Moltkeplatz; 4th from left in the back: Superintendent Bernd Reitmayer of the SELK parish Bad Essen-Rabber. The two parishes are friends with each other.

on 19 Aug 2016, a group of some 20 people interested in art visted the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz. The event had been organized by Jörg Linnemann. Enjoying the lovely summer weather, the participants went on a guided tour provided by KaM, and had the chance to learn more about the sculptures ... and were also able to relax on the huge white sculpture "onda". For some of the visitors an optional guided tour through adjacent parts of the Moltkeviertel brought this visit to its end.

approx 20 visitos in front of the "Hannover Tor" by Friedrich Gräsel

on 16 Aug 2016, the artist Martin Pfeifle once again came to have a look at his work at the Moltkeplatz. Martin Pfeifle, two friends of his, and KaM members spent some enjoyable time by the sculptures, relaxing on Martin Pfeifle´s work "onda", and exchanging ideas over a bottle of a local beverage.

relaxing on top of "onda": Christoph Westermeier, Martin Pfeifle, and
Julian Elias Bronner (NYC)

during 23 thru 29 June 2016, five goups of students of the UNESCO-Schule (-School) Essen - one after the other - and their arts teacher Volker Ullenboom came to visit the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz. There were introductions given, and both discussions and group work held for the students to deal with some of the art works... including the temporary work "onda" by Martin Pfeifle ... and also about questions with respect to art in public spaces in general.


on 22 June 2016 the German-American artist Maria Nordman (in German Wikipedia here) visited the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz. Before travelling on she had sufficient time to see the sculptures, to briefly relax on Martin Pfeifle´s work "onda", and to exchange ideas on art in public spaces.

Maria Nordman was in Essen for the restoring and re-unveiling on 21 Jun of her work "Insel Werden 1984 - Heute" on the Brehm-Insel (-Island) in the Ruhr River at Essen-Werden. Her work there consists of two archways of different rock material. The re-unveiling was organized by the RuhrKunstMuseen regional group of museums, and sponsored by the Brost-Stiftung, and was followed by an artist talk in the Museum Folkwang; for WAZ/NRZ press articles see here and here. An additional work in Essen by Maria Nordman is the installation "La Primavera" at the UNESCO world heritage site Zeche Zollverein (a former coal mine).

Maria Nordman during the re-unveiling event of her work on the Brehm-Insel (-Island)

on 18 June 2016 the tenth Sculptures Festival at the Moltkeplatz was held by KaM e.V.

Neighbours, friends of the
Moltkeplatz, and everybody else interested in the arts had been invited (see here
). The event was also announced in a WAZ/NRZ newspaper
 article of 17 June 2016 (see here), and a Südanzeiger article of 15 June 2016. Among those attending were the Mayor of the City of Essen, Thomas Kufen, and the City of Essen Deputy responsible for culture, Andreas Bomheuer. For a press release of the City of Essen see 


There was good reason to celebrate: the re-erecting of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh four months ago (following some two years of absence), the exhibition of the temporary work "onda" by Martin Pfeifle a month ago ... and the 10th anniversiry of the establishment of the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. in June 2006, ten years and two days ago.

More to read here (in German).

on 09 June 2016 an article by Dr. Marcel Schumacher, head of the "Kunsthaus NRW"  in Aachen-Kornelimünster, and curator of this project, in respect of Martin Pfeifle´s temporary work "onda" has been added. For the text (in German) click here.

on 07 June 2016 the documentation for Frank Bölter´s "HOrigamiUSE" was published. "HOrigamiUSE" was the fourth temporary work within the series young Art at the Moltkeplatz / junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz. This work has been on display during June 2013 - May 2014.

The brochure´s size is A 5 portrait; it has 132 pages. The content includes a text by the curator Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt, one "diary" each of Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz (as a neighbour of the sculptures park), and Frank Bölter (as the artist), and numerous pictures.

   title page                                                 content                                         imprint

The publication has been entered into the state "NRW Bibliographie" library catalogue; see here. It is available from the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V.; contacts here.

on 22 May 2016 the vernissage for "onda" by Martin Pfeifle was held. "onda" is the sixth temporary work within the series Young Art at the Moltkeplatz/junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz. Following the construction of the sculpture at the Moltkeplatz (see below), KaM had invited the public to this event (see here). Numerous persons came to attend: those interested in art, friends of the Moltkeplatz, members of the association KaM e.V., and others. Approx 200 persons came together for the afternoon.

KaM e.V. welcomed the participants, and introduced Mayor Franz-Josef Britz, who conveyed the greetings of the City of Essen, and Prof. Dr. Gerd Mahler (chair of the Essen city Jury on Art in Public Spaces). This was followed by the introduction of the artist and his work, presented by Prof. Dr. Harald Goebell. Prof. Goebell had agreed at short notice to provide this service in lieu of the curator Dr. Marcel Schumacher who was unavailable due to being sick (for the introduction click here). Despite some light rain showers all participants were able to use the time by the sculptures for discussions and conversations i.a. about the new temporary work. Across the street, the parish hall of the SELK Church had been opened, where drinks and snacks were available. Additional images here.

since 14 May 2016 the temporary sculpture "onda" by Martin Pfeifle is located at the Moltkeplatz ... all white; very prominent; not to be overlooked

Material:     wooden slats, laminated wood, lacquer

Dimensions: 1.000 cm x 707 cm, height maximal 100 cm

This project is sponsored and supported by
Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung, Vestocor GmbH, Nolte Ingenieur Holzbau GmbH, and Ingenieurbüro Lars Römling

from 12 May 2016 the temporary work "onda" was erected at the sculpture park


On 12 May 2016 all wooden parts were transported to the Moltkeplatz, the curvy understructure was erected and pegged down, and the wooden slats were secured to the understructure. All parts had previously been cut and shaped and painted twice. In the evening of 14 May the last slats were being fitted, finishing the work to set up this sculpture.

The Essen newspapers WAZ/NRZ report on the construction of "onda", and the artist Martin Pfeifle in an article of 18 May 2016 (as a jpg here), and the Südanzeiger with an article of 18 May 2016

on 12 May 2016 the 2nd Grade class of the International School Ruhr and their art teacher Daniel Niemann visited the sculpture park and were able to witness the setting up of the temporary work "onda"  by Martin Pfeifle, and to talk to the artist about his work and questions about art in general.

during the setting up of "onda" (white parts visible in the back): Martin Pfeifle (2nd from left) and students of the IS-Ruhr

on 31 March 2016 a Biography on Robert Schmidt by Prof. Dr. Ursula von Petz has been presented. During a ceremony at the RVR Regionalverband Ruhr, one copy of this new publication was handed over to the grandson of Robert Schmidt; for an article (in German) on RVR´s website see here. The publication is available i.a. at the  RVR Bibliothek / Library, Kronprinzenstrasse 35 Ecke Helbingstraße, D-45128 Essen, Tel + 49 201 2069-206, at a price of EUR 24,80.

Plaque on the
gravestone of Robert Schmidt

During the early years of the 20th century, Robert Schmidt (as an urban planer, and deputy of the city of Essen) laid out the Essen Moltkeviertel, and thus provided the base for the Moltkeplatz park (literature on the Moltkeviertel here), which in turn houses the scultures ensemble Moltkeplatz.  More about Robert Schmidt (in German) here (at the bottom of that page), and in Wikipedia here.

on 13 March 2016 the vernissage on the occasion of the re-erecting of the sculpture "Lebensgröße /  Life Size" (1994) by Heinz Breloh was held at the sculptures park Moltkeplatz. Some 100 guests followed KaM´s invitation, and enjoyed the sunny weather outside. Addresses were given by Franz-Josef Britz (Mayor of the city of Essen), who - among other - conveyed the special thanks to the Estate of the late Heinz Breloh (comprising the brothers of the the artist Heinz Breloh), and Sabine Peretzke (coordinator for Art in Public Spaces in the city of Essen), who reflected on the re-erecting of this sculpture under the current circumstances.  Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger provided the introduction to the work of Heinz Breloh in general, and specifically to the Lebensgröße / Life Size sculptures. Links to the manuscripts of the addresses here (in German).

The afternoon ended with drinks and snacks in the art room of the International School Ruhr IS-Ruhr located on the opposite side of the street.

joyously grouped in front of the "Lebensgröße / Life Sie"
from left: 
Dr. Paul Breloh, Dr. Ludger Breloh, Mayor Franz-Josef Britz, 
Sabine Peretzke, Klaus Breloh 
picture by: Erwin Wiemer 

Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger providing the introduction

More about the v
ernissage here (in German).

on 12 March 2016 eight members of the association KaM, neighbors, and friends participated in this year´s pico-bello-SauberZauber- / spick-an-span action of the Ehrenamt Agentur / community services  Essen. Refuse, bottles, plastic packaging, and other garbage was collected and removed from both the sculptures park and the areas surrounding it.

In spite of KaM´s continuous efforts to keep the area clean, the items collected and removed during this detailled search again filled several plastic sacks.

on 05 March 2016 the Essen "Südanzeiger" carried a picture of Martin Pfeifle on its cover titled Pfeifles "Weiße Welle" rollt, and on the inner pages the article "Junge Kunst kommt im Mai" about the artists talk on 27 Feb 2016.

lso, in this issue, there was an article in relation of the re-erecting at the Moltkeplatz of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh.

on 27 February 2016 the association KaM e.V. had organized an Artists Talk with Martin Pfeifle and Dr Marcel Schumacher in the Parish Hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz. KaM e.V. plans to continue its series "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / Young Art at the Moltkeplatz" with a temporary work by Martin Pfeifle. A group of about 40 - comprising KaM members, and friends and neighbors of the Moltkeplatz - followed the discussion, and saw pictures of former works of Martin Pfeifle. Towards the end there was ample time for talk.

impressions of the artists talk in the Parish Hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz

More about the project by Martin Pfeifle here.

This project is sponsored and supported by 

Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung, Vestocor GmbH, Nolte Ingenieur Holzbau GmbH und Ingenieurbüro Lars Römling


on 23 February  the Essen newspaper WAZ/NRZ carried a dual article in relation of the re-erecting at the Moltkeplatz of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh, and the plannings for the "Weiße Welle / White Wave" by Martin Pfeifle. Click here for the article.

on 20 February 2016 the sculpture "Lebensgröße/Life Size" (1994) by Heinz Breloh has been re-erected at the sculptures park at the Moltkeplatz. A temporary absence of the work has come to its end.

"Lebensgröße/Life Size" by Heinz Breloh             picture of 20 February 2016

KaM e.V. is extending its thanks to the estate of the late Heinz Breloh, and to everybody else who has been involved in making this re-erecting come true, and thus securing the sculpture to remain part of art in public spaces in the city of Essen. More about "Lebensgröße/Life Size" here.

Following the re-erecting there will be a vernissage on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 15 hours. KaM e.V. cordially invites everybody to this event. Read more about it here (in German).

on 17 January 2016 some few snowflakes covered the sculptures at the Moltkeplatz ... the first ones this year.      
For a wintery walk with much more snow (on 05 Jan 2009) see here.