Kubus is a project of the European Cultural Capital RUHR.2010.
The Foundation Situation Kunst initiated the building of a multifunctional extension. The result, called Kubus, has been planed by the architects Pfeiffer, Ellermann and Preckel from Münster. It rises from the ruins of the Weitmar House, which was destroyed in the Second World War.
Opened on May 8th, 2010
Kubus provides 1,200 square meters of space on four floors and houses a room for temporary exhibitions as well as space for cultural and academic events. In addition Kubus contains offices, a warehouse for frames, a restoration workshop, apartments for artists and art historians from all over the world and a bar.
Subsidies from the European Union (through the Ministry of Science of the state North Rhine-Westphalia), the government of NRW and the City of Bochum contributed to the project in addition to funding provided by the foundation itself. Part of the park, which was formerly family property, was generously donated to the Foundation Situation Kunst, and thus to the public. The Foundation Situation Kunst is supported by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation.
As part of the opening ceremonies of the Kubus building, the Foundation Situation Kunst was hosting the exhibition Weltsichten: Countryside in art from the 17th century until November 2010. The exhibition was then shown at the Kunsthalle Kiel, the Museum Wiesbaden and at art collections in Chemnitz. In 2014 it will be shown at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. Launching the exhibit in Bochum was realized by the financial support of the “Kunststiftung NRW” and the “Sparkasse Bochum”.
In May 2010 the video-sound-installation “Overground” by Marcellvs L. was implemented to further enrich the already existing ensembles of Situation Kunst. The installation was subsidized by the "Ministerium für Wirtschaft Mittelstand und Energie des Landes NRW".
The Park of Weitmar House
Between 2010 and 2012 the City of Bochum also renovated the park of the neighboring Weitmar House and the Sylvester Chapel. There have been significant pieces of art in the park for some time past by artists such as Erich Reusch, Ulrich Rückriem and Richard Serra. Additionaly Lee Ufan donated three sculptures which are installed in the park and internally related to the park’s concept. François Morellet donated his sculpture Concrete Erection (La Plate-bande n° 2), a huge concrete sculpture, which was erected in May 2010. During the renovation a multipart ground sculpture by David Rabinowitch as well as the forged Blocco Cubo by Giuseppe Spagnulo were installed.