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Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. sends their very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 to all members, friends, and neighbours.

Wishing for another   White Christmas at the Moltkeplatz

center: "Eine echte falsche Geschichte / A Genuine Fake Story" 1990  by Hannes Forster, aligned with the 
Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche / Autonomous Lutheran church SELK, built in 1910 by Otto Bartning 
Picture dated 05 Jan 2009


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

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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.

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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 Allbau Stiftung and Sparkassenlotterie "PS-Sparen und Gewinnen"

on 08 Aug 2018, after a long and hot time without rainfall, Grün und Gruga Essen began to water the trees around the sculpture park - and elsewhere in the vicinity. The 10,000-litre tank trailer was repeatedly refilled from road hydrants before the next round was started.

For more information (in German) on the drought problem see here: WAZ/NRZ article dated 16 Aug 2018, and here: Statement of the City of Essen

On 21 Aug, Grün und Gruga Essen has again watered the old tall plane trees around the sculpture park using the 10,000-litre tank trailer 

on 02 Aug 2018 in the evening a group of KaM members and friends met at the sculpture park to enjoy a few hours of animated conversations - and snacks and drinks brought for the occasion. The old high plane trees gave a cooling impression, which was very pleasant in the tropical temperatures. A "hard core" of the participants, who had stayed until well after midnight, cleaned up from about 01:30.

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on 02 July 2018 video by Erwin Wiemer covering the performance "Medusae" by Gabriele Kaiser-Schanz during the Sculptures Festival on 23 June 2018 has been posted on youtube. To view the video click here ...

... or into the picture ... or go to the web page on the sculptures festival  here.

on 25 and 28 June 2018, two groups of students of the UNESCO-Schule Essen visited the sculpture ensemble on the Moltkeplatz together with their art teacher Volker Ullenboom and were introduced - within a guided tour provided by KaM - to some of the art works.


on 23 June 2018 the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. celebrated this year's sculptures festival on the Moltkeplatz. Members, people interested in art, neighbours, and friends were cordially invited. KaM welcomed the guests and thanked all supporters of the KaM activities. This was followed by an address by the Mayor Franz-Josef Britz who conveyed the greetings of the city of Essen and in his contribution paid tribute to the work of the association KaM.

Snacks and drinks provided the opportunity for many interesting and stimulating conversations well into the evening.

Starting at 16:00 the Essen artist Gabriele Kaiser-Schanz presented her performance "Medusae". A large number of visitors followed this presentation.

Later in the afternoon there was the offer to get to know the art works at the Moltkeplatz during a guided tour.

 about the Sculptures Festival 2018 and the performance "Medusae" by Gabriele Kaiser-Schanz 
here (in German).

25 May 2018: On the occasion of the EU General Data Protection Regulation GDPR having come into force, we would like to point out that we may only send out information and invitations in respect of actions and activities on art at Moltkeplatz if we have received your prior consent. We have sent out e-mails requesting your consent on 24/25 May 2018.

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"Spring Cleaning" of the Sculptures: on 27 Apr 2018, taking adventage of the fine weather, the sculptures were cleaned with brushes and lots of water ... same as every spring. 


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 , 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 KampkötterSandra 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.