The full aesthetic splendor only opens up from a bird’s eye view. The Marta Museum lies down there like a wonderful Ikebana bouquet, the individual parts of the building arranged like shiny flowers.
Looking at it, I feel respect for Frank O. Gehry, the creator of this structure. And not for the first time. There are several unique designs by the American-Canadian architect worldwide. I myself have already implemented two photo reports of his buildings. One from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and another from the new Zollhof in Düsseldorf.
The Marta also bears the typical, sculptural signature of the architect with a preference for building materials such as sheet steel and red clinker. The existing building of the former textile factory from 1959 was included in the design, largely unchanged.
In May 2005, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Herford finally celebrated its opening after four years of construction. The name Marta is derived from M for museum, Art for art and A for architecture or ambience. During my visit for this photo report, the exhibition “Look! Revelations on Art and Fashion” was on display. It will be on view until March 6th, 2022. Even if I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of the exhibition myself, I can only recommend a visit to everyone. The exhibits are given a worthy setting in the dynamically shaped exhibition rooms and under the winding light shafts.