How did you get into collecting art, originally coming from very different fields of work?
KM: I was already deeply interested in the arts as a student. I started to compile an illustrated art history, made up from newspaper and magazine cutouts. I used to paint, to compile collages. In the Swiss printer’s surroundings, I was immersed in a foreign but exciting world of art and artists. In addition to studying economics, and later starting to work in my parents’ building company, I regarded this parallel world as a delightful alternative, which has had a hold on me to this day.
How would you introduce your collection to someone who isn’t aware of you or the museum?
KM: The guiding principle is that of meditative, reduced and timeless aesthetic expression. Therefore, the museum’s slogan is “Lines of Quiet Beauty”. The permanent exhibition covers 5000 years of cultural history, spanning a vast variety of artistic elds. Ancient art from the cultures of Gandhâra, China, Japan, Amlash or Egypt is related to modern and contemporary art by Asian and Eu- ropean artists. The presentation of modern art includes photography, concrete art, minimalism or land art. The presentation focuses on the comparison of past and contemporary design language and the dialogue between traditional Asian and modern European art.
If you could choose an artpiece from the collections of the Ruhr Kunst Museen, which one would you love to have in your collection?
KM: The “Portrait d’Armand Roulin” by Vincent van Gogh from the collection of the Museum Folkwang, Essen.
Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf … why is the DKM located in Duisburg?
KM: As collectors it was obvious to us to be placing our collection in the environment we live in, where we work and make a living. It is import- ant to us to give something long-lasting back to the region we are embedded in. To us, Duisburg, with its three art museums (Lehmbruck Museum, Museum Küppersmühle and Museum DKM), remains one of the most exciting cities and therefo- re deserves our undivided attention.
Besides the museum: what is your favorite place or location in Duisburg?
KM: The Landscape Park Duisburg Nord, a disused ironwork which has now been turned into a vast park combining industrial heritage and culture. Nearly every spot along the Rhine is worth a visit as well.