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.
"Different Echoes" is a renowned artist project by Nikola Dimitrov, Friedhelm Falke, Ekkehard Neumann, Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Götz Sambale, Elly Valk-Verheijen and Annette Wesseling, who have been exhibiting together in different houses since 2016. The project title here refers to an ambiguity - the works of the individual artists form both their own echo and a resonating body for each other. Reduced in colour and form, each work works on its own and at the same time, as an ensemble, enters into an exciting exchange with other works and the space. The constellation of the works differs according to the space at each exhibition venue. Thus "Different Echoes" in the Kolvenburg unfolds a very special effect in the interplay of painting, sculpture, new media in installative image form and the historic walls of the castle.
Nikola Dimitrov, Friedhelm Falke, Ekkehard Neumann, Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Götz Sambale, Elly Valk-Verheijen, Annette Wesseling
As part of the Castles and Fortresses Day, we will revive the art of archery at Kolvenburg Castle. With bow and arrow, the castles were effectively defended against attackers from the battlements. It's a good thing we don't hurt anyone with archery! We are all about the art of drawing a bow properly, aiming correctly and, if things go well, hitting the target. This requires a lot of concentration and skill.