mi Knoebel (born in 1940) is one of the most important contemporary abstract artists internationally. Since the 1960s, this Düsseldorf-based artist has continuously developed his emphatically minimalist oeuvre. Beginning in 1964, when he was a student of Joseph Beuys, his analytical work series have reflected a growing concern with the interplay of color and form. This was foundational for his meanwhile long-term preoccupation with the works of the Russian Suprematist Kazimir Malevich. In particular Malevich’s celebrated Black Square – first exhibited in 1915 and regarded as the embodiment of a zero state of painting – has proven a productive point of departure for Knoebel’s own approaches. On view in the Bel Etage of the K21 will be Knoebel’s new wall and three-dimensional pieces alongside Suprematist works by Malevich. On Sunday May 10th, 2015, the exhibition will be open – free of charge – beginning at 1 pm.
In winter of 2015, the Futur 3 program forges ahead. At 7 pm on Thursday evenings (except holidays), international guests explore questions concerning the future - of the museum, the city, society, art, and science - in varoius constellations and with differing thematic emphases. To an increasing degree, this »approach to an unknown future« will now be oriented toward a globalizing world. Launched in September 2014 at the Schmela Haus will be the Curator in Residence Program, developed in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. Twice yearly, a non-European (artist-) curator from outside of Europe will be invited to spend three months living and working here, engaging in dialogue and contributing to and shaping the program at the Schmela Haus.
More Than Just Nails: with the exhibition Uecker, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf examines the richly faceted work of the artist Günther Uecker (*1930). Going beyond the world-renowned nail reliefs, this focused selection of important work ensembles documents Uecker's inexhaustible energy since the era of the international avant-garde movement ZERO, which blazed new paths in art during the 1950-60s in Düsseldorf as well. With approximately 60 works drawn from five decades and ranging from large-scale installations to drawings, the exhibition Uecker will be on view at the K20 Grabbeplatz to May 10, 2015.
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 installation will be extended until the end of the year 2015. Please note that installation will be closed for visitors due to technical maintenance work from until 26 May, 2015!
A new project was launched with #32 by Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in February 2014: A digital magazine, and ambitious platform for art, culture, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Found in #32 starting will be texts, interviews, essays, photos, and videos on themes related to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – and beyond. “making of” provides readers with glimpses behind the scenes of our exhibitions and projects. “artists, live” is devoted to our creative personalities. But we are also on the move internationally for our readers: in “worldwide,” we visit museums and artists around the world. The section entitled “scouting” offers enthralling insights into the national and international art scenes. The website is avalaible in English language.