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Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln

The Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln has been known far beyond Germany for 30 years as a place where spirituality and liturgy meet with contemporary art and new music. Fr. Friedhelm Mennekes SJ launched this initiative in 1987. Since then, it has organized over 150 exhibitions of sculptures, paintings and installations with artists from all over the world and countless concerts. The exhibition program is curated and organized by an advisory board on a voluntary basis.

Artists such as Francis Bacon, Rosemarie Trockel, Eduardo Chillida, Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Jannis Kounellis, Barbara Kruger, Kris Martin, Thomas Bayrle, Claire Morgan or Olafur Eliasson and many others presented their works in the modernized room of the late Gothic parish church dating from the early 16th century.

However, in the now largely empty church room, in which church services are still celebrated, art is by no means intended to illustrate the formulated faith. Rather, the artists confront the congregation and visitors with existential questions of life. In this way, the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln is a dialogue space of its own kind, in which the otherwise separate areas of art and spirituality can enter into a dialogue without appropriating each other.

Art and music in Sankt Peter's are documented by numerous publications of catalogues and CD recordings and give decisive impulses in the discussion about the relationship between art, faith and religion.

The independent art advisory board of Sankt Peter currently consists of seven honorary members from art studies and theology, as well as the parish priest Stephan Kessler SJ. The advisory board develops the exhibition program of the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln.

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