Suspended more than 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 is Tomás Saraceno‘s gigantic installation in orbit. This steel wire construction spans the museum‘s vast glass cupola on three different levels. Positioned within this net structure, which encompasses altogether 2500 m², are half a dozen „spheres“ – inflated spheres having diameters up to 8.5 meters. Visitors have access to this transparent installation, and can move freely between the spheres on all three levels.
The exhibition program of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf for the coming year extends from "Beneath the Earth" to Egypt, and from Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian to Gerhard Richter and Katharina Sieverding. There is an installation by Olafur Eliasson created especially for the Kunstsammlung, while international tendencies among younger creative personalities are represented by the French artist Annette Messager and the Egyptian video artist Wael Shawky. Needless to add, the discussion program on the future of collecting will continue in the artistically-designed setting of the F3 Schmela Haus.
In recent years, the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz – who refers to herself as a sculptor – has earned an international reputation for her striking sound installations. With The Missing String, Philipsz – a recipient three years ago of the prestigious British Turner prize – will be a guest in the bel etage of the K21 of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen from November 9, 2013 until April 6, 2014. This will be the first time this artist – who was born in Glasgow in 1965, and lives today in Berlin – has had an exhibition at the Kunstsammlung. Occupying the boundary between visual art and music, Philipsz’s space-filling sound installation alludes to a number of earlier exhibitions that took place in the impressive galleries of the Ständehaus.