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New Location for Art-Collection NRW

The former gallery Schmela in the mother-Ey-Straße 3 opens in November 2009 as an additional site of the North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection.

As on 17 September 1971 in Düsseldorf, the renowned gallery owner Alfred Schmela in the Mother-Ey-Strasse 3, their new gallery space opened up, that was a real sensation.
So far Schmela had offered in a relatively small shop in the Hunsrückenstraße his groundbreaking artistic program with a platform. Now he stood at the new site much larger premises. Joseph Beuys opened the new gallery with an exhibition of his legendary work, "D'Barraque Dull Odde". Since then, Joseph Beuys, staged the rooms regularly with his work. However, the work caused a stir not only because of the extended exhibition space.

The house, which was developed by Schmela together with the Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, was then hailed as the first specially built gallery building of the Federal Republic. It corresponded to a small degree the traditional notions of an exhibition building.

The building consisted of five floors and was labyrinthine nest. Through the use of Bimsbetonstein dominated by shades of gray. Therefore, the building seemed utterly inadequate to properly present artworks. However, the tower-building-based to more than Schmelas died in 1980, the gallery. By 2008 the institution was continued later by his daughter Ulrike Schmela. In 1995, the architect Günter Zamp Kelp, led by a structural change. The passage to the courtyard was closed and converted into a reception and exhibition space, which is in its materiality, a contrast to the existing architecture.

In 2009, the rooms in the mother-Ey-Strasse 3, North Rhine-Westphalia were acquired. Since then, they form the third location of the art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia.