MARTa Herford

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MARTa Herford
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As seen from Goebenstrasse, a few days before opening
MARTa Herford
Location Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Coordinates 52°07′16″N8°40′06″E / 52.120982°N 8.668325°E / 52.120982; 8.668325

MARTa Herford is a contemporary art museum in Herford, Germany.

Building and history

The idea for the museum formed in 2000, drawing from Herford's status as a German center of furniture and home furnishing production. [1] The name MARTa is an acronym for Möbel (German for furniture), ART (simply art in English), and Ambiente (ambience). [2] The founding director of the museum was Jan Hoet, a noted Belgian curator. Roland Nachtigäller  [ de ] took over as director in 2009.

The building was designed by Frank Gehry and built by Archimedes GmbH. [3] Construction began in 2001, [4] and it officially opened to the public on May 7, 2005. [1]


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  2. Frank Gehry MARTa Herford. Basel: Birkhäuser. 2005. ISBN   978-3764371623.
  3. MARTa Freunde und Förderer (Editor) (2005-05-06). Frank Gehry MARTa Herford (German and English Edition): MARTa Freunde und Förderer: 9783764371623: Books. ISBN   3764371625.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.Missing or empty |title= (help)