To mark the 2,000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Remagen the idea of a permanent art project along the banks of the Rhine was developed in cooperation with the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. Since 2001 a riverside sculpture park with a current total of 13 works by famous artists has been realised along a 14-kilometre stretch of the Rhine between Remagen-Rolandswerth and Remagen-Kripp.
The Riverside Sculpture Park project takes up the idea of Hans Arp that art should be integrated into life and nature.
Hans Arp, »Unsern täglichen Traum«, Zürich 1955, S. 81
»Concrete art aims to change the world and make it more bearable. It aims to redeem Man from the most dangerous lunacy, namely vanity, and to make life simpler for mankind. It aims to integrate it into nature.«
It was with his large-scale bronze sculpture Bewegtes Tanzgeschmeide that Arp took part in one of the first public-art projects in Spoleto, Italy in 1962. This brought art into the public space. Since 1970 the sculpture has stood in front of the Bahnhof Rolandseck. As the landmark of the railway station-turned-art museum it establishes the connection between the museum and the Remagen Riverside Sculpture Park.
The installations and works of the Riverside Sculpture Park aim to be accessible to a broad section of the public in an everyday context and therefore to permit an open encounter with art. They encourage communication and controversy.
The participating artists were invited either to install existing works at locations they had selected, or to develop works in situ. These works then form the starting point for exhibitions by the Riverside Sculpture Park artists in the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck.
You can explore the artworks in the Riverside Sculpture Park in Remagen in the fresh air in a relaxed and yet active way by bicycle. The route will lead you for 14 km along a flat path along the bank of the Rhine by Remagen, one of the loveliest sections of the Rhine Valley with views of the famous Drachenfels, the Siebengebirge and the Erpeler Ley. We also offer two-hour guided bicycle tours for groups, during which you can find out about the individual sculptures in an informative and entertaining manner. The museums offers rented bikes for groups up to 20 people with prior notice. Further information and contact...
The Riverside Sculpture Park Remagen is a project of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck an the city of Remagen with support from