At the former Brühl Pavilion, a museum has been opened in memory of surrealist painter Max Ernst, 33 years after his death. The new museum includes a remodel of the neoclassical pavilion as well as a thoroughly modern addition. From the exterior, the pavilion itself remains largely unaltered, save for some restorative efforts. The addition, however, is a steel framed glass volume that abruptly intersects the center of the original building. Despite the odd exterior coupling of styles, modernism becomes the cohesive theme once inside. Extensive subterranean display spaces stretch beneath the site, utilizing tall concrete walls, glass railings, and steel detailing to create a vault-like atmosphere. Given Ernst’s surrealist roots, the union of old and new is quite appropriate.
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