Vestisches Museum - Vestisches Museum

The last location of the Vestisches Museum on Hohenzollernstrasse

The Vestische Museum was a museum of the city of Recklinghausen .


The museum goes back to the local history collection of the local and local history association Recklinghausen founded in 1890. [1] In 1922 the association's collection became a public museum that was supported by all the communities in Vestes Recklinghausen . Since 1927 it has been housed in the former tower school across from St. Peter , which today houses the Recklinghausen Icon Museum . [2] As early as 1935, the holdings had grown so much that in 1935 the museum moved to the premises of the Petrinum grammar school . In 1937 the Vestische Museum lost the best works of its contemporary art department when 37 paintings and graphics by Peter August Böckstiegel ,Käthe Kollwitz , Wilhelm Morgner , Otto Pankok , Christian Rohlfs , Max Schulze-Sölde and Maurice de Vlaminck were singled out as " degenerate art ". [3] Since 1939, Franz Große-Perdekamp headed the Vestische Museum. [3] In a bombing raid on November 6, 1944, most of the exhibition and the depot were destroyed. [3]

After the end of the war, Franz Große-Perdekamp collected the rescued museum property and showed a selection in individual exhibitions. From 1954 to 1980 Thomas Grochowiak directed the Vestische Museum. He built up a unique collection of naive art . [3]

In 1988 the museum moved into a former administration building at Hohenzollernstrasse 12. On almost 1000 m² of exhibition space, it showed Christian art from Vest Recklinghausen , excerpts from the city and state history, the everyday culture of the miners' families and, above all, the collection of naive art, which was significantly expanded by a donation from Marianne Kühn in 2003. [4]

In the last few years of its existence, the number of visitors, apart from school classes, continued to decline. In 2010 the city of Recklinghausen closed the Vestische Museum. The significant collection of naive art has not been accessible to the public since then. The Institut für Stadtgeschichte / Stadt- und Vestisches Archiv Recklinghausen , which is housed in the same building as the former Vestische Museum, is showing a redesigned city history exhibition . [5]


  • Anneliese Schröder (Ed.): 90 Years of the Vestisches Museum . Bongers, Recklinghausen 1980 (catalog for the exhibition in the Städtische Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, November 23, 1980 - January 25, 1981).
  • Jürgen Schwalm: From old-fashioned household items to contemporary art. The history of the Vestische Museum 1890–1950 . In: Vestischer Kalender, vol. 74 (2003), pp. 86–92.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Adolf Dorider: History of the city of Recklinghausen in the more recent centuries (1577-1933) . Vestisches Archiv, Recklinghausen 1955.
  2. Anneliese Schröder (Ed.): 90 Years of the Vestisches Museum . Recklinghausen 1980, p. 3 <not paged>.
  3. a b c d Anneliese Schröder (Ed.): 90 Years of the Vestisches Museum . Recklinghausen 1980, p. 4 <not paged>.
  4. ^ Günther Ott: Bridges tense. 25 years of Naive Art Gallery . In: Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung, February 12, 2005, accessed on June 23, 2015.
  5. Institute for City History / City and Vestisches Archiv ( Memento of the original from June 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed June 23, 2015.@1@2Template: Webachiv / IABot /


Coordinates: 51 ° 36 ′ 33.4 " N , 7 ° 11 ′ 46.2" E