Welcome to the English language version of the KaM web site (v. 2013)

This version is still under development. For the time being, the pages on the individual sculptures under "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 this page. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please forward any error reports and recommendations to KaM@Kunst-am-Moltkeplatz.de


on 29/30 Aug, and 01 Sep 2016 classes for three arts courses of grade 13 students of the UNESCO-Schule Essen were held by their arts teacher Volker Ullenboom at the sculptures park Moltkeplatz. Some of the students had previously been exposed to the sculptures and had gained some insight (see entry of 23 - 29 Jun 2016 below). Building upon this prior knowledge further information was provided and more discussions held. Such exchange is influencing the students´ plannings in respect of their own temporary works and art actions in public spaces like the Moltkeplatz.

on 23 Aug 2016
a set of aerial images of the Moltkeplatz were taken with a focus on the prominent
large 7 x 10 meters all white wooden work
"onda" by Martin Pfeifle.

Photo: Thausing Aerial Solutions
view across the sculptures park Moltkeplatz from south (bottom) to north (top). Center:
"onda" by Martin Pfeifle; approx 15 meters upwards to the right: "Hannover Tor" by Friedrich Gräsel.

Additional aerial images here ; video on youtube  here.

on Sunday 21 Aug 2016, some 25 members of the parish of the SELK Autonomous Lutheran Church of Bad Essen-Rabber (east of Osnabrück), and their pastor, Superintendent Bernd Reitmayer, visited the SELK Autonomous Lutheran Church at the Moltkeplatz. In the afternoon KaM e.V. led the visitors on a guided tour to the sculptures in the park, and provided some explanations of the art work present.

The visitors´ group of the  SELK parish Bad Essen-Rabber filling the sculpture "Eine echte falsche Geschichte / A Genuine Fake Story" by Hannes Forster. This work gives the impression of the layout of a nave with it´s centre line directed towards the SELK Autononous Lutheran Church at the Moltkeplatz on the opposite side of the street. In the picture left: Klaus Pahlen, pastor of the SELK parish Essen at the Moltkeplatz; 4th from left in the back: Superintendent Bernd Reitmayer of the SELK parish Bad Essen-Rabber. The two parishes are friends with each other.

on 19 Aug 2016, a group of some 20 people interested in art visted the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz. The event had been organized by Jörg Linnemann. Enjoying the lovely summer weather, the participants went on a guided tour provided by KaM, and had the chance to learn more about the sculptures ... and were also able to relax on the huge white sculpture "onda". For some of the visitors an optional guided tour through adjacent parts of the Moltkeviertel brought this visit to its end.

approx 20 visitos in front of the "Hannover Tor" by Friedrich Gräsel

on 16 Aug 2016, the artist Martin Pfeifle once again came to have a look at his work at the Moltkeplatz. Martin Pfeifle, two friends of his, and KaM members spent some enjoyable time by the sculptures, relaxing on Martin Pfeifle´s work "onda", and exchanging ideas over a bottle of a local beverage.

relaxing on top of "onda": Christoph Westermeier, Martin Pfeifle, and
Julian Elias Bronner (NYC)

during 23 thru 29 June 2016, five goups of students of the UNESCO-Schule (-School) Essen - one after the other - and their arts teacher Volker Ullenboom came to visit the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz. There were introductions given, and both discussions and group work held for the students to deal with some of the art works... including the temporary work "onda" by Martin Pfeifle ... and also about questions with respect to art in public spaces in general.


on 22 June 2016 the German-American artist Maria Nordman (in German Wikipedia here) visited the sculptures ensemble at the Moltkeplatz. Before travelling on she had sufficient time to see the sculptures, to briefly relax on Martin Pfeifle´s work "onda", and to exchange ideas on art in public spaces.

Maria Nordman was in Essen for the restoring and re-unveiling on 21 Jun of her work "Insel Werden 1984 - Heute" on the Brehm-Insel (-Island) in the Ruhr River at Essen-Werden. Her work there consists of two archways of different rock material. The re-unveiling was organized by the RuhrKunstMuseen regional group of museums, and sponsored by the Brost-Stiftung, and was followed by an artist talk in the Museum Folkwang; for WAZ/NRZ press articles see here and here. An additional work in Essen by Maria Nordman is the installation "La Primavera" at the UNESCO world heritage site Zeche Zollverein (a former coal mine).

Maria Nordman during the re-unveiling event of her work on the Brehm-Insel (-Island)

on 18 June 2016 the tenth Sculptures Festival at the Moltkeplatz was held by KaM e.V.

Neighbours, friends of the
Moltkeplatz, and everybody else interested in the arts had been invited (see here
). The event was also announced in a WAZ/NRZ newspaper
 article of 17 June 2016 (see here), and a Südanzeiger article of 15 June 2016. Among those attending were the Mayor of the City of Essen, Thomas Kufen, and the City of Essen Deputy responsible for culture, Andreas Bomheuer. For a press release of the City of Essen see 


There was good reason to celebrate: the re-erecting of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh four months ago (following some two years of absence), the exhibition of the temporary work "onda" by Martin Pfeifle a month ago ... and the 10th anniversiry of the establishment of the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. in June 2006, ten years and two days ago.

More to read here (in German).

on 09 June 2016 an article by Dr. Marcel Schumacher, head of the "Kunsthaus NRW"  in Aachen-Kornelimünster, and curator of this project, in respect of Martin Pfeifle´s temporary work "onda" has been added. For the text (in German) click here.

on 07 June 2016 the documentation for Frank Bölter´s "HOrigamiUSE" was published. "HOrigamiUSE" was the fourth temporary work within the series young Art at the Moltkeplatz / junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz. This work has been on display during June 2013 - May 2014.

The brochure´s size is A 5 portrait; it has 132 pages. The content includes a text by the curator Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt, one "diary" each of Lisa Lambrecht-Wagenitz (as a neighbour of the sculptures park), and Frank Bölter (as the artist), and numerous pictures.

   title page                                                 content                                         imprint

The publication has been entered into the state "NRW Bibliographie" library catalogue; see here. It is available from the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V.; contacts here.

on 22 May 2016 the vernissage for "onda" by Martin Pfeifle was held. "onda" is the sixth temporary work within the series Young Art at the Moltkeplatz/junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz. Following the construction of the sculpture at the Moltkeplatz (see below), KaM had invited the public to this event (see here). Numerous persons came to attend: those interested in art, friends of the Moltkeplatz, members of the association KaM e.V., and others. Approx 200 persons came together for the afternoon.

KaM e.V. welcomed the participants, and introduced Mayor Franz-Josef Britz, who conveyed the greetings of the City of Essen, and Prof. Dr. Gerd Mahler (chair of the Essen city Jury on Art in Public Spaces). This was followed by the introduction of the artist and his work, presented by Prof. Dr. Harald Goebell. Prof. Goebell had agreed at short notice to provide this service in lieu of the curator Dr. Marcel Schumacher who was unavailable due to being sick (for the introduction click here). Despite some light rain showers all participants were able to use the time by the sculptures for discussions and conversations i.a. about the new temporary work. Across the street, the parish hall of the SELK Church had been opened, where drinks and snacks were available. Additional images here.

since 14 May 2016 the temporary sculpture "onda" by Martin Pfeifle is located at the Moltkeplatz ... all white; very prominent; not to be overlooked

Material:     wooden slats, laminated wood, lacquer

Dimensions: 1.000 cm x 707 cm, height maximal 100 cm

This project is sponsored and supported by
Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung, Vestocor GmbH, Nolte Ingenieur Holzbau GmbH, and Ingenieurbüro Lars Römling

from 12 May 2016 the temporary work "onda" was erected at the sculpture park


On 12 May 2016 all wooden parts were transported to the Moltkeplatz, the curvy understructure was erected and pegged down, and the wooden slats were secured to the understructure. All parts had previously been cut and shaped and painted twice. In the evening of 14 May the last slats were being fitted, finishing the work to set up this sculpture.

The Essen newspapers WAZ/NRZ report on the construction of "onda", and the artist Martin Pfeifle in an article of 18 May 2016 (as a jpg here), and the Südanzeiger with an article of 18 May 2016

on 12 May 2016 the 2nd Grade class of the International School Ruhr and their art teacher Daniel Niemann visited the sculpture park and were able to witness the setting up of the temporary work "onda"  by Martin Pfeifle, and to talk to the artist about his work and questions about art in general.

during the setting up of "onda" (white parts visible in the back): Martin Pfeifle (2nd from left) and students of the IS-Ruhr

on 31 March 2016 a Biography on Robert Schmidt by Prof. Dr. Ursula von Petz has been presented. During a ceremony at the RVR Regionalverband Ruhr, one copy of this new publication was handed over to the grandson of Robert Schmidt; for an article (in German) on RVR´s website see here. The publication is available i.a. at the  RVR Bibliothek / Library, Kronprinzenstrasse 35 Ecke Helbingstraße, D-45128 Essen, Tel + 49 201 2069-206, at a price of EUR 24,80.

Plaque on the
gravestone of Robert Schmidt

During the early years of the 20th century, Robert Schmidt (as an urban planer, and deputy of the city of Essen) laid out the Essen Moltkeviertel, and thus provided the base for the Moltkeplatz park (literature on the Moltkeviertel here), which in turn houses the scultures ensemble Moltkeplatz.  More about Robert Schmidt (in German) here (at the bottom of that page), and in Wikipedia here.

on 13 March 2016 the vernissage on the occasion of the re-erecting of the sculpture "Lebensgröße /  Life Size" (1994) by Heinz Breloh was held at the sculptures park Moltkeplatz. Some 100 guests followed KaM´s invitation, and enjoyed the sunny weather outside. Addresses were given by Franz-Josef Britz (Mayor of the city of Essen), who - among other - conveyed the special thanks to the Estate of the late Heinz Breloh (comprising the brothers of the the artist Heinz Breloh), and Sabine Peretzke (coordinator for Art in Public Spaces in the city of Essen), who reflected on the re-erecting of this sculpture under the current circumstances.  Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger provided the introduction to the work of Heinz Breloh in general, and specifically to the Lebensgröße / Life Size sculptures.

The afternoon ended with drinks and snacks in the art room of the International School Ruhr IS-Ruhr located on the opposite side of the street.

joyously grouped in front of the "Lebensgröße / Life Sie"
from left: 
Dr. Paul Breloh, Dr. Ludger Breloh, Mayor Franz-Josef Britz, 
Sabine Peretzke, Klaus Breloh 
picture by: Erwin Wiemer 

Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger providing the introduction

More about the v
ernissage here (in German).

on 12 March 2016 eight members of the association KaM, neighbors, and friends participated in this year´s pico-bello-SauberZauber- / spick-an-span action of the Ehrenamt Agentur / community services  Essen. Refuse, bottles, plastic packaging, and other garbage was collected and removed from both the sculptures park and the areas surrounding it.

In spite of KaM´s continuous efforts to keep the area clean, the items collected and removed during this detailled search again filled several plastic sacks.

on 05 March 2016 the Essen "Südanzeiger" carried a picture of Martin Pfeifle on its cover titled Pfeifles "Weiße Welle" rollt, and on the inner pages the article "Junge Kunst kommt im Mai" about the artists talk on 27 Feb 2016.

lso, in this issue, there was an article in relation of the re-erecting at the Moltkeplatz of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh.

on 27 February 2016 the association KaM e.V. had organized an Artists Talk with Martin Pfeifle and Dr Marcel Schumacher in the Parish Hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz. KaM e.V. plans to continue its series "junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz / Young Art at the Moltkeplatz" with a temporary work by Martin Pfeifle. A group of about 40 - comprising KaM members, and friends and neighbors of the Moltkeplatz - followed the discussion, and saw pictures of former works of Martin Pfeifle. Towards the end there was ample time for talk.

impressions of the artists talk in the Parish Hall of the SELK church at the Moltkeplatz

More about the project by Martin Pfeifle here.

This project is sponsored and supported by 

Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung, Vestocor GmbH, Nolte Ingenieur Holzbau GmbH und Ingenieurbüro Lars Römling


on 23 February  the Essen newspaper WAZ/NRZ carried a dual article in relation of the re-erecting at the Moltkeplatz of the sculpture "Lebensgröße / Life Size" by Heinz Breloh, and the plannings for the "Weiße Welle / White Wave" by Martin Pfeifle. Click here for the article.

on 20 February 2016 the sculpture "Lebensgröße/Life Size" (1994) by Heinz Breloh has been re-erected at the sculptures park at the Moltkeplatz. A temporary absence of the work has come to its end.

"Lebensgröße/Life Size" by Heinz Breloh             picture of 20 February 2016

KaM e.V. is extending its thanks to the estate of the late Heinz Breloh, and to everybody else who has been involved in making this re-erecting come true, and thus securing the sculpture to remain part of art in public spaces in the city of Essen. More about "Lebensgröße/Life Size" here.

Following the re-erecting there will be a vernissage on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 15 hours. KaM e.V. cordially invites everybody to this event. Read more about it here (in German).

on 17 January 2016 some few snowflakes covered the sculptures at the Moltkeplatz ... the first ones this year.

For a wintery walk with much more snow (on 05 Jan 2009) see here.

earlier entries in the archives  (mostly in German) for the years

2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015

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.