Welcome to the English language version of the KaM web site

This version is under development. For the time being, the pages on the individual sculptures within "The Sculptures" are available in English; some other pages or entries are in German only. If you get lost in translation then please restart from here. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please forward any error reports and recommendations to KaM@Kunst-am-Moltkeplatz.de


On 11 October 2020, the opening of Christian Odzuck's work "Atlanten" took place. "Atlanten" is the eighth work in the series of young Art at the Moltkeplatz, and will be on display at the Moltkeplatz sculpture park until September 2021.

More than 120 people had accepted the invitation to the opening and were able to engage with the work in lovely "Golden October"-like weather: sunny and dry for most of the time. They were also able to exchange ideas with the artist Christian Odzuck and the curator Dr. Anna Fricke, among others. After the welcoming by KaM e.V., Mayor Franz-Josef Britz delivered greetings from the city of Essen, followed by Gerd Mahler, who as chairman of the "Jury Kunst im öffentlichen Raum" (Jury for Art in Public Spaces) pointed out the importance of art in public spaces. Afterwards, Anna Fricke introduced the artist and explained the work "Atlanten" - including the numerous years from first ideas until now.

Corona hygiene rules required the use of personal protective measures, and made everybody keep a safe distances on the meadow. 
More about "Atlanten" and the opening  here.

On 25 July 2020, the Lord Mayor of the City of Essen, Thomas Kufen, visited the Moltkeplatz together with some CDU local politicians. In the course of a lively exchange of ideas - while observing the Covid 19 distance rules - KaM board members were able to present ideas on the situation and further development of the sculpture park and the Moltkeplatz art location and to solicit support for the planned measures.

The Lord Mayor was very positive about the activities of KaM and emphasized their model character. He and Councilwoman Barbara Rörig indicated their support for KaM's plans and ideas.

until 05 Jul 2020 at the Kunstmuseum Bochum - only 20 km away from Essen's Moltkeplatz with its sculpture  "Lebensgröße" ("life size") - more works by the artist Heinz Breloh have been on display within the exhibition  Lebensgröße - Heinz Breloh. In addition to the "Lebensgröße / Life Size Dresden" sculpture, which is on permanent display in front of the museum, further works such as the plaster sculpture of a "Lebensgröße / Life Size", drawings, other works and a video clip covering the creation of a "Lebensgröße Life Size" could be seen inside the museum. More about the exhibition  here.

Plaster sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size"; picture taken in 2008

On 04 Nov 2019, Dr Paul Breloh (member of the community of heirs of the Heinz Breloh estate) had presented to KaM´s members a film showing his brother, the sculptor Heinz Breloh (1940-2001), working to create a plaster mould of a "Lebensgröße / Life Size" sculpture; see here under the date 04 Nov 2019.

since 23 March 2020, preparations have been underway for work on the S-Bahn bridge across Kronprinzenstrasse at the north-western end of the Moltkeplatz sculptures park. According to the city of Essen, these are to be carried out by DB during the Easter holidays.

As a first measure, several construction and material containers were set up in the park and on parking areas next to it on 23 March. Also advertising spaces under the bridge have been removed.

During the week from 30 March, the specialist company delivered, among other things, the bridge bearings which are to be mounted as replacements for the old and broken bearings. The Südanzeiger reports with an article on 01 Apr 2020; see here . 

At the end of April the work was finished and all working material was removed from the sculpture park.

on 14 March 2020 a group of KaM members and neighbours jointly took part in the 15th Spick-and-Span / SauberZauber cleaning campaign of the city of Essen. Ignoring the expected approach of the Corona-COVID-19 restrictions, more than ten people came together in beautiful spring weather, and - as in previous years - cleaned the sculpture meadow and the surrounding area from rubbish and refuse. Various partially well-filled rubbish bags were deposited at a collection point for removal by the Essen EBE waste disposal company.

The action ended with an informal get-together in bright sun with snacks and drinks.

The "official action film / Offiziellen Aktionfilm" of the Ehrenamtsagentur Essen about this year´s action is available here on Youtube.

on 02 March 2020, a specialist company commissioned by the owner Westnetz GmbH repainted the transformer house opposite the SELK church. Since a complete renovation by the then-owner RWE more than 10 years ago, KaM had removed or painted over any contamination etc that had occurred in the meantime.


The newly repainted transformer house is part of the redbrick and mortar artwork "Eine echte falsche Geschichte / A Genuine Fake Story"  by Hannes Forster in the southeast corner of the sculpture meadow. More about that artwork can also be read here (in German).

on 04 Dec 2019 the temporary work "Banquet Group / Bankett Gruppe 2" by Phung-Tien Phan has been dismantled and removed by the artist and her assistants.

Impression after dismantling of the fence.

on 17 Nov 2019 the finissage for the temporary work "Banquet Group / Bankett Gruppe 2" by Phung-Tien Phan took place. Before this work of art, which has been part of the Moltkeplatz sculpture ensemble for one year since its vernissage on 11 Nov 2018 (see  here  and  here ), was to be dismantled at the end of November 2019 (as agreed), the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. had invited everybody to bid farewell to it in the parish hall of the SELK church. 

Among others, the artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr. Anna Fricke were present. 

During the finissage, Phung-Tien Phan´s artist´s book "Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group" was presented and signed by the artist. The book had been published shortly before.

Dr. Anna Fricke and Phung-Tien Phan at the presentation of the artist´s book "Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group".

More about the artist´s book  here.

on 04 Nov 2019after a general meeting of the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. in the SELK church community hall, Dr. Paul Breloh (member of the community of heirs of the Heinz Breloh estate) presented a film showing his brother, the sculptor Heinz Breloh (1940-2001), working to create a plaster mould of a "Lebensgröße / Life Size" sculpture.
Images of the projection screen taken with the consent of Paul Breloh. Click into an image to enlarge it.

Those present at the screening of the film were able to see how Heinz Breloh built the form and used his body to shape it. They were able to visually follow a working method which Manfred Schneckenburger had described with his own words on the occasion of the (re-) installation of a "Lebensgröße / Life Size" sculpture on the Moltkeplatz in 2016; for the text presented at that time (with a multitude of further explanations on the work of Heinz Breloh) see here.

The bronze casting of the plaster mould shown in the film is on display as "Lebensgröße / Life Size Magdeburg" at the local art museum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen (see outdoor picture).

picture by Peter Kremer 2019

The sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" at the Moltkeplatz is a casting of a different plaster mould created by Heinz Breloh in a very similar way.

on 06 Oct 2019 a group of volunteers from the Kunstring Folkwang e.V. took part in a guided tour of the sculpture park. Among the participants were Christine Heim, responsible for programs and project management, and Peter Daners, board member and managing director of the Kunstring.

Unfortunately the weather was quite adverse. Still, the participants learned more about the history of the art venue Moltkeplatz, the individual sculptures, and about the efforts and activities of the association KaM e.V..


Towards the end of the tour, the group gathered next to the temporary work Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group 2 of the artist Phung-Tien Phan (which had been opened in Nov 2018 in weather conditions just as bad).

Afterwards, the group met in a restaurant next to the sculpture park, and - after having been warmed and dried again - learnt more about the works and the association KaM e.V.
based on explanations and pictures - accompanied by drinks and snacks. Peter Gorschlüter, the director of the Museum Fokwang, joined the group for these explanations and the subsequent event of the community of the volunteers for the Museum Folkwang.

on 10 Sep 2019, within the series of the "Feierabendspaziergänge / after-work-walks" of the 
Rheinischer Verein für Denkmalpflege und Landschaftsschutz, there was a guided tour of the sculptures park. Following the welcoming address by Dr Martin Bredenbeck (Director, Rheinischer Verein), Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz (founding member and board member of Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V.), under the title
Moltkeplatz: Platz für Kunst und engagierte Bürger / 
Moltkeplatz : A place for art and committed citizens ,

presented and explained the works of art standing on the Moltkeplatz sculpture meadowPart of the explanations also covered the activities of the association KaM e.V., whose committed efforts since 2006 have enabled the sculpture ensemble to be preserved and further developed in the long term.

left picture: Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz (KaM) and Dr Martin Bredenbeck (Rheinischer Verein), from left

After the end of the walk, some participants of the group sat together over something to eat and to drink in a restaurant next to the sculptures park. 

The Südanzeiger had announced this "after-work-walk" on 07 Sep (see here); and WAZ/NRZ on 09 Sep 2019.

The annual programme 2019 of the after-work-walks of the Rheinischer Verein can be found here . 

in the evening of 11 Aug 2019, a group of KaM members, friends and neighbours met by the sculptures to enjoy the sculppture park - and to enjoy snacks and drinks which had been brought along. All together, more than 20 people sat together under the old high plane trees having lots of animated conversations.


Shortly after 23:30 h everything was packed and removed.

on 06 July 2019 KaM e.V. celebrated its annual sculpture festival at the Moltkeplatz
The association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. had invited friends of the arts and of the Moltkeplatz, acquaintances, and neighbours to the event. Sread out over the afternoon and evening, more than 100 guests came and spent their time at the artworks: in cheerful company, in interesting conversations, with a snack or a glass in their hands ...

Starting at 16 h,  the artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr. Anna Fricke had an artist's talk next to the temporary work "Bankett Gruppe 2, 2018" by Phung-Tien Phan. More about this and the sculpture festival  here.

on 05 July 2019 a WAZ/NRZ article titled "Kunst-Jury will mehr gestalten" was published, dealing with questions about the situation of art in public spaces in the city of Essen. For the article click into the small picture or  here. 

The article mentiones the sculpture ensemble at the Moltkeplatz and the association KaM e.V. quite positively. KaM´s 13th sculpture festival which is planned for the next day is also mentioned.

click here for entries dated  

click here for the  archives  (mostly in German) for the years

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015

2016  2017  2018  2019

Highlight of 2017 (more in the archives)

01 Sep 2017:  Brochure about the Art Venue Moltkeplatz has been released

10 Jahre Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. - 35 Jahre Skulpturenwiese Moltkeplatz
10 years association KaM e.V. - 35 years Sculptures Park Moltkeplatz

Text by Dr Uwe Rüth and Tankred Stachelhaus

The brochure documents the history of the Art Venue Moltkeplatz since its inception. It covers the time span from 1982 - when the first sculpture ("Hannover Tor / Hanover Gate" by Friedrich Gräsel) was erected by the Essen gallery owner Jochen Krüper - all the way to the temporary exhibitions of the "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / young Art at the Moltkeplatz" series initiated by KaM e.V. which was founded in 2006.

More about the brochure here. An English language text-only version of the brochure is available  here .

Highlight of 2013 (more in the archives)

Sonntag  23. Juni 2013

war die Vernissage mit der Eröffnung des Werkes "HOrigamiUSE" von Frank Bölter.
Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt führte in das Werk ein. Mehr zu Werk, Aufbau, Vernissage und Links zu weiteren Bildern und Informationen hier. 

am Samstag  22. Juni 2013

stellte Frank Bölter - als viertes Werk im Rahmen der Aktion junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz - sein übermannshohes, nach einer Origami-Anleitung gefaltetes, "Haus" auf dem Moltkeplatz auf. KaM-Mitglieder, Kunstinteressierte und Anwohner waren zum Aufbau eingeladen und haben intensiv mitgearbeitet.

Erwin Wiemer hat den Vorgang gefilmt und auf YouTube eingestellt; für den Beitrag klicken Sie hier.

Mehr zu Werk, Aufbau, Vernissage und Links zu weiteren Bildern und Informationen hier.

Highlight aus 2012 (weiteres im Archiv)

22.-26. Mai 2012

in dieser Woche hat Hannes Forster auf dem Moltkeplatz sein Werk Eine echte falsche Geschichte aus 1990 endgültig fertiggestellt. Die Auslegung des Innenraums des Werkes mit roten Ziegelpflaster war seinerzeit zwar geplant worden, ist aber erst jetzt - nach 22 Jahren - realisiert worden. Die Kosten für die Fertigstellung hat der Verein KaM getragen.

Hannes Forster bei den letzen Schritten zur Fertigstellung seines Werkes.

Die WAZ berichtete mit einem Artikel vom 29./30. Mai 2012 .

Highlight aus 2011 (weiteres im Archiv)

23. Dez.  2011

Das Hannover Tor ist gerettet

Der Kaufpreis ist aufgebracht. Der Skulpturenverein Moltkeviertel e.V. SiM hat den Kaufvertrag unterschrieben und den Kaufpreis überwiesen.

Das Hannover Tor bleibt damit auf Dauer dem Skulpturenensemble auf dem Moltkeplatz und der Stadt Essen erhalten. Wir danken allen Spenderinnen und Spendern und den weiteren Unterstützern unserer Bemühungen.

Seit dem 10. Aug. 2011 hatte sich der Skulpturenverein Moltkeviertel e.V. SiM aktiv darum bemüht, Mittel zum Erwerb des Hannover Tors von Friedrich Gräsel einzuwerben.
Mehr dazu hier.

Highlight aus 2008 (weiteres im Archiv)

21. Mai 2008

Gloria Friedmanns "Denkmal" erstrahlt wieder in der Originalfarbe

(Das Gas-Häuschen im Hintergrund rechts wurde durch die Stadtwerke Essen in 2009 gereinigt und bepflanzt.)

Als erste Maßnahme nach Abschluß des Patenvertrags hat KaM dies Kunstwerk auf Kosten des Vereins reinigen und restaurieren lassen. Gloria Friedmann hat sich am 25. Mai 2008 sehr positiv zu dem Ergebnis der Restaurierung geäußert.

Lesen Sie mehr dazu in einem Artikel hier.


Highlight aus 2006 (weiteres im Archiv)

Mittwoch 21. Juni 2006

Am Mittwoch 21. Juni 2006 verhinderte eine Gruppe Anwohner den Abtransport des Hannover Tors. Lesen Sie den ganzen Artikel hier.

Fünf Jahre später, im Jahr 2011, wurde das Hannover Tor ein zweites Mal - nunmehr endgültig - für den Moltkeplatz "gerettet"... siehe unter "Highlight aus 2011" oben.