In the rolling Rhineland fields near Neuss lies the Museum Insel Hombroich, a spacious park that's also a museum, with both open air sculpture and graphic work housed in pavilions scattered in the landscape. The combination pleasantly blends two activities, adding an element of adventurous exploration to museum visiting, and mixing an eclectic range of artistic visions into a stroll around a park...
Besides the extensive range of modern and ancient sculpture, the collection includes paintings by such artists as Lovis Corinth, Jean Fautrier and Francis Picabia, to name a few highlights, as well as a great series of Rembrandt drawings. Also, the works are exhibited without descriptions, which keeps things refreshingly simple.
In the 1990s the area was extended to include a former NATO base (Raketenstation Hombroich), which has also been redeveloped as exhibition and workshop space. An eyecatching new addition here is the Langen Foundation, designed by Tadao Ando. Along the same lines as his museum designs in Japan, like Chichu and 21 21, the building of glass and pale gray concrete slabs, partly below ground level, is itself a formal sculpture, carving out a trajectory of large interior spaces and exterior vistas stripped back to their bare, essential function.
The Langen Foundation currently has works on display from their impressive Japanese collection of folding screens and scrolls.
All in all, worth a detour.