The reopening of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar

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    Unterlinden

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  • Unterlinden

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    Unterlinden

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  • Unterlinden Museum

    © AAA-Meyer

    Unterlinden Museum

    © AAA-Meyer

The reopening of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar colmar fr

Even further north and just in time for the Christmas market season, Alsace will welcome back the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar – home to the remarkable Issenheim Altarpiece. The museum will reopen December 12, 2015, after a reorganization of its extensive collections and three years of major works including a new wing dedicated to contemporary art.

Famous for its celebrated Issenheim altarpiece, Unterlinden is one of France's most popular museums. Founded in the 13th century in a place called "under the Linden tree", it became one of the largest monasteries in Alsace and was only converted into a museum in the 19th century. It offers a rich collection of sculptures and paintings from the late Middle Ages to the early Renaissance period and is home to the sacred art masterpiece, the Issenheim altarpiece painted by Grünewald (1512 -1516), a master of late Gothic art. The artwork is composed of painted panels set around a central box displaying sculpted figures. The museum also houses decorative and popular art works including ceramics, pewter, wrought iron, furniture and silverware. Finally, a modern art section illustrates some of the great avant-garde trends from impressionism to the mid-20th century.

After renovation work, the museum will make the whole visitor experience more fluid and user-friendly. The conversion of the former one of a kind municipal baths, will also enable the museum to display its contemporary art collections which had been consigned to the storerooms up until now. The goal is to trace the complete history of art in a living area where visitors can even enjoy a meal. A museum keeping up with times.

Events and exhibitions : 

www.musee-unterlinden.com

For further information please call +33 (0) 3 89 20 15 50

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