September 8, 2019 | Exhibition: "The Old Abbey of Kornelimünster"

  Visualization of the view into the exhibition space Copyright: Yannick Ley/Alexander Cattaneo  

The Old Abbey of Kornelimünster - Building Research and Architectural History

As part of this year’s M2 project "From Survey to Building Idea" a group of students, together with Bruno Schindler, Tobias Glitsch and Carsten Hensgens, have studied the architectural ensemble of the old Benedictine abbey of Kornelimünster. On the basis of their research it became possible to establish the primary motivations for the elaborate design of the abbey buildings and to link the various architectural interventions to the abbot’s role as guardian of the biblical relics of the Holy Roman Empire.

With the support of the kunsthaus nrw currently occupying the monastery buildings, they have now created an exhibition which directly on site presents the findings to an interested public and gives visitors an idea of the history of the abbey buildings, their architectural characteristics and their influence on the village of Kornelimünster. The exhibition space in the former monastery kitchen of the old abbey is itself part of the investigation.

The exhibition will open on Heritage Day, Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 12noon. Afterwards, at 1pm and 3pm, the participants of the M2 project will offer guided tours through the exhibition and the spaces they studied. In this way, interested parties can obtain detailed information about the results as well as the methodology of the research. Everyone is welcome, admission is free.

In the coming months, it will be possible to visit the exhibition, still free of charge, during the kunsthaus’s normal opening hours.


Date and Venue

Opening: September 8, 2019, 12noon, kunsthaus nrw, Abteigarten 6, 52076 Aachen-Kornelimünster
Exhibition: Thursdays to Saturdays 2pm to 6pm, Sundays 12noon to 6pm, kunsthaus nrw


Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch
Dipl.-Arch. Bruno Schindler