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 am Grabbeplatz from February 7 to May 10, 2015.
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.
Good news for K21: Saraceno's installation will be openend until end of 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.
Annette Messager is a key figure on today’s international art scene, an artist whose oeuvre prepared the ground for contemporary French art. Nonetheless, her last solo show in a German museum took place almost 25 years ago. Now, this exhibition at the K21 provides art lovers with an opportunity to rediscover her. On view will be works dating from the late 1980s to the present. The series Les interdictions en 2014 was produced especially for the exhibition at the K21. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen purchased the large-scale installation Sous vent (2004–10) in 2011, thereby augmenting its collection with a major position in contemporary art. During the exhibition at the K21 (27 Sept until 22 March, 2015), "Sous vent" will be on view in an installation measuring more than 20 meters in length.
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.