Pax Christi, Oppum: Contemporary Church Art
A plain and modest 1970s brick church in suburbia - who would expect a remarkable collection of late 20th century and contemporary art here, including many big names from Beuys to Uecker?
Pax Christi, the catholic parish church in Krefeld-Oppum, is a completely normal suburbian parish with a community of ordinary people - and an energetic priest who is in touch with both artists and galleries and money sources. In the early 1980s he started his collection which consists, so far, of 32 works of art. I'm presenting some of them in my 3 Pax Christi travelogue pages.
Most of these works were bought by the community with the help of sponsors and are their property. People have learned to live with contemporary art, although to some of them this must have been difficult at first. The church, the baptismal chapel, and the adjacent rooms of the community centre as well as the garden behind the building are full of art works. Nevertheless the church is no museum, although it can be visited as one.
Address: Glockenspitz 265, 47809 Krefeld-Oppum