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Extension Prinzhorn Collection

Science

Location

Voßstraße 2, Bergheim

Project Partner

University Hospital Heidelberg and Friends of the Prinzhorn Collection Association

Contact Person

Franziska Bettac

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The Prinzhorn Collection contains works from 1840 to the present day, created by people who underwent exceptional psychological experiences.

»Thanks to the unique character of the collection and the exhibition concept, in connection with its already high reputation, the extension of the Museum Prinzhorn Collection is an ideal ›showcase‹ for a transdisciplinary university hospital«

IBA advisory board

This spatial expansion creates space for a permanent exhibition, a graphic cabinet, as well as rooms for seminars, media and lectures. The museum wishes to enhance its function as a knowledge platform and make its more than 24,000 works accessible to the public. The collection remains part of the Centre for Psychosocial Medicine. The aim is to create an inspiring place that will complement the collection, the campus and the entire district alike. Major structural expansion, i.e. the conversion of the neighboring building, is still in need of sponsors.

The opening of an interim museum café financed by donations is the first step towards the successive expansion of the museum and is intended to demonstrate its potential on the Bergheim campus — and thus to the whole city. 

The Prinzhorn Collection contains works from 1840 to the present day, created by people who underwent exceptional psychological experiences. In 2001, the collection was given its own museum space — a converted lecture hall building on the premises of the psychiatry unit in Bergheim. The works are researched here and presented in temporary exhibitions. But the space is no longer sufficient for the constantly growing and internationally renowned collection. For this reason, the adjacent existing building is to be converted to show the collection to international and local visitors.

Milestones

February 2014

CANDIDATE Status

October 2014

Feasibility study

December 2014

Concept workshop

June 2015

PROJECT Status

September 2017

Crowdfunding Interim café

May 2018

Opening of the interim café