Dear visitors,

in order to contain the spreading of COVID-19, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld is closed until 19 April (as of 16 March, 2020).
All museums in Northrhine-Westphalia will be closed until this date. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are concerned about our staff and you – we hope you can stay at home and are safe.
On our website you will find videos to show you what we do in our museum, when most of us are at home, in fact. We will also publish short ideas for creative children and you may find suggestions for books we found worthwhile reading.
Let us keep in touch!

Best,
Your Kunsthalle Bielefeld staff

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Architecture

The Kunsthalle building is one of Bielefeld’s best-known landmarks. It is in the center of eastern Westphalia, between the old city center of Bielefeld and the edges of the Teutoburger forest. The view from the front of the building features the distant St. Mary’s Church in the new city and the Sparrenburg castle. The 1968 international style museum by Philip Johnson Museum was renovated in 2002, and thanks to the initiative of museum supporters, the Förderkreis Kunsthalle Bielefeld e.V., the building is illuminated by night.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld is part of Architekturroute Kunstmuseen.

Architect


Philip Johnson (left) with architectural model of the Kunsthalle

American architect Philip Johnson (1906–2005) supervised construction of the cube-shaped modern building of red sandstone between 1966 and 1968. It is the only European museum built by the Harvard graduate and former colleague of Mies van der Rohe, who also expanded the architectural department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.