MARTa Herford


in short

An extraordinary complex of buildings designed by Frank Gehry houses a novel combination of a museum, centre of excellence and event forum. With the name MARTa fronting the triad of design (M standing for Möbel/furniture), art (ART) and architecture (a), the museum aims to provide fresh inspiration.
Marta Herford_Außenansicht
© Thomas Mayer
Logo: MARTa Herford

MARTa Herford

in detail

The various exhibitions are geared towards an exchange between the traditionally separate realms of art and design. As far as the curators are concerned, design is not purely functional and commercial, but rather a field of creative, processual experimentation. Moreover, the character of art today has also changed. Previously autonomous and self-referential, the boundaries are now dissolving and art is steadily absorbing non-artistic disciplines.

Five galleries with a total size of some 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) provide space for alternating exhibitions. Another gallery area on the first floor is partly used for the MARTa Herford Collection.

This section has an area of about 380 square metres (4,090 square feet) and is used for cultural events (including music, lectures, films and exhibitions), receptions, conferences and congresses hosted by business and trade associations, and product presentations.
MARTa Herford

Marta Herford ist eine dynamisch-bewegte Raumskulptur von schiefen ineinander getürmten Kuben. Der dekonstruktivistische Baukörper ist regionaltypisch mit rotbraunem Klinker verblendet. Das wogende Edelstahldach überspannt den Bau horizontal und ist stark auskragend. Darüber erheben sich zylinderförmige, an Schornsteine erinnernde, geometrische Körper.  Eine kulissenartige Edelstahlwand ist an der Schauseite über die gesamte Breite des Eingangs gesetzt und verdeckt den historischen Lippoltbau.
7 / 4,50 EUR; Familienkarte / Family ticket: 15 EUR
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Visitor entrance

MARTa Herford
Goebenstraße 4-10
32052 Herford
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Opening Times

11:00 - 18:00
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11:00 - 18:00
Jeden 1. Mittwoch im Monat bis 21 Uhr

1st Wed of every month during exhibitions till 21.00 - The exhibition portal for Europe