Groningen Museum, originally uploaded by FasterDix.
Mosaic stairs and crystal ball
The Groninger Museum is a work of art in itself. It was built on a man-made island, in the canal, opposite the Groningen train station. Four architects were involved in the creation of this modern, eye-catching building, among them Philippe Starck and Alessandro Mendini. The museum was opened in 1994, and provided a real boost for the city of Groningen. Most visitors who arrive in Groningen by train, can cross the new bridge in front of the museum and check out the museum itself, after which they continue on into the Folkingestraat, which has become an exciting, lively, multicultural place, with a middle-eastern bazar, a great Italian deli with delicious sandwiches, second-hand book stores, funky, independent shops and lots more to enjoy.
The museum features works from many different artists. This summer (2007) the main attraction is an exciting, modern exhibition by Japanese artist Mariko Mori, featuring a life-size UFO, which visitors can enter, three at a time.
The permanent collection features a large historic porcelain collection, paintings by local and international artists, and a sampling of the museum’s highlights.
One of the upcoming exhibits in 2008 will be a joint project with the Drents Museum in Assen (about 20 minutes south of Groningen, by train), which will include treasures of the famous Terracotta Army.
For more details about exhibitions, prices and opening hours and how to get there, visit the Groninger Museum website.