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Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. sends their very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020 to all members, friends, and neighbours.

Wishing that we might have another     White Christmas at the Moltkeplatz     Picture of 11 December 2017


on 04 Dec 2019 the temporary work "Banquet Group / Bankett Gruppe 2" by Phung-Tien Phan has been dismantled and removed by the artist and her assistants.

Impression after dismantling of the fence.

on 17 Nov 2019 the finissage for the temporary work "Banquet Group / Bankett Gruppe 2" by Phung-Tien Phan took place. Before this work of art, which has been part of the Moltkeplatz sculpture ensemble for one year since its vernissage on 11 Nov 2018 (see  here  and  here ), was to be dismantled at the end of November 2019 (as agreed), the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. had invited everybody to bid farewell to it in the parish hall of the SELK church. 

Among others, the artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr. Anna Fricke were present. 

During the finissage, Phung-Tien Phan´s artist´s book "Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group" was presented and signed by the artist. The book had been published shortly before.

Dr. Anna Fricke and Phung-Tien Phan at the presentation of the artist´s book "Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group".

More about the artist´s book  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. 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).