With "Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian – The Infinite White Abyss" (K20, April 5 – July 6, 2014), the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has organized the first museum exhibition ever to explore the multifaceted significance of the white surface in the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. In the early twentieth century, these three artists embarked upon parallel paths toward abstraction, a process within which the concept “white” enjoyed a very special status. For all three artists, “white” was a symbol of a future world. This exhibition therefore forms a very special component of the Quadriennale 2014 in Düsseldorf, which is organized around the theme "Beyond Tomorrow".
In collaboration with the Kunstsammlung and in direct reference to the exhibition "Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian: The Infinite White Abyss," Olafur Eliasson has developed an unusual project that prepares visitors for the presentation in astonishing ways. Through his fusion of large-scale installation and digital app, Eliasson opens up a space of experience – an exploratorium that strives to counteract the progressive mummification of our senses by a ceaseless daily flood of images and information. A preview of the app is presented on #32, the Online-Magazine of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, with the film "asteroid". The app "Your exhibition guide" is now available on app store and google play.
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.
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.