MARTa Herford

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MARTa Herford
Herford MARTa 88.jpg
As seen from Goebenstrasse, a few days before opening
LocationHerford, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Coordinates52°07′16″N 8°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[edit]

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]



  1. ^ a b "MARTa Herford: Idea & Concept". 2005-05-07. Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  2. ^ Frank Gehry MARTa Herford. Basel: Birkhäuser. 2005. ISBN 978-3764371623.
  3. ^ MARTa Freunde und Förderer, ed. (2005-05-06). Frank Gehry MARTa Herford (German and English Edition): MARTa Freunde und Förderer: 9783764371623: Books. ISBN 3764371625.
  4. ^ Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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