Many of the castles and palaces in Münsterland grew over centuries to become the impressive and beautiful buildings they are today. This is also true of the Kolvenburg in Billerbeck, which tells a very eventful story.
The former small moated castle, now a listed building, dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries - but its roots go back much further: the building history of today's complex began around 1300, when the Knights of Billerbeck erected a permanent tower bridge over the previous building. The von Colve family, which gave the building its name, then took over the complex. Many of the numerous alterations that turned the former fortified complex into a typical residence of the lower nobility can still be seen today in the interior of the Kolvenburg. Extensively renovated, the Kolvenburg was finally opened in 1976 as the cultural centre of the Coesfeld district.
Today, the Kolvenburg is a high-calibre exhibition venue in a historic setting that is known far beyond the region. The cultural programme is very broad and ranges from first-class concerts and contemporary art exhibitions to annual spring and Advent markets.
Photography - Video - Installation. As an internationally renowned artist, Michael Soltau (1953, Oldenburg) has significantly advanced the use of media formats in art. His exhibition "Surface" moves in the interplay between image and likeness. Aesthetic surfaces of the chosen motifs and materials from everyday life serve the artist as a starting point for his works. Fleeting moments and transitions come into focus. Through different media levels, he creates a profound world of associations, which at the same time places the surface in a relationship of tension between structure, colour and form. His "Surface" thus overcomes the two-dimensional space and forms a place of exchange. The staging of photographs and audiovisual installations create a media poetry and invite the viewer to make his or her own discoveries.
The District of Coesfeld cordially invites you to the exhibition opening on Sunday, 28 August at 5 pm with free admission.
With the current special exhibition "Michael Soltau - Surface", aesthetic photographs, video works and multimedia installations have found their way into the historic walls of the Kolvenburg. The exhibition is a kaleidoscope of multifaceted audiovisual works and deals with transitions, moments in process, materiality. During the artist talk with Michael Soltau and Dominik Olbrisch, the cultural officer of the district of Coesfeld, interested visitors can not only explore the exhibition but also learn more about Michael Soltau as a person and his artistic work.
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It's Christmas at Kolvenburg Castle when the Advent market, which is popular far beyond the borders of the district, starts in mid-November. For the 41st time, craftspeople from the region offer their self-made products and works of art. In the historical ambience, visitors can admire the craftsmanship and inventiveness of the exhibitors, browse to their heart's content and, of course, buy the goods. Lovingly designed Christmas cards, handmade candles, bascetta stars, Christmas floristry and culinary delights are just as much a part of the offer as stone, wood, concrete and textile work and much more. The handmade jams and marmalades are as popular as they are sought after. A range of hot drinks and small snacks invites you to round off your visit to the market in a cosy atmosphere.