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.
In fall of 2014, 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. The series is being inaugurated in fall of 2014 with guests from Egypt. Thematically, lectures and discussions will revolve around a pair of K20 exhibitions: "To Egypt! The Travels of Max Slevogt and Paul Klee", and "Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades" (both September 6, 2014 – January 4, 2015).
In his first major museum exhibition in Germany Egyptian artist Wael Shawky (*1971) presents his film trilogy Cabaret Crusades, in which marionettes cabaret-like reenact the history of the medieval crusades. Shawky’s multiple awarded films explore the ways in which projections and manipulations of the foreign, as well as confrontations with it, actually function. What lies behind the multi-faceted mechanisms of constructing and telling history? While the first two parts of Shawky’s Cabaret Crusades will be expansively screened at Grabbehalle from 6 September, the in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen produced third part The Secrets of Karbala will be shot in the same space and premiere at 4 December. Until then Wael Shawky and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will transform the exhibition space into a site of art production in an unprecedented way.
Among travelers to Egypt were the Impressionist painter Max Slevogt (1868-1932) and Paul Klee (1979-1940), a leading representative of the artistic avant-garde. In the exhibition, approximately 130 paintings, watercolors, and drawings – all produced in connection with their Egyptian travels – elucidate the upheavals that occurred during the transition from Impressionism to Classical Modernism. This exhibition at K20 (until 04 Jan, 2015) has received generous support in the form of high-quality loan works from museums in Germany and abroad, along with renowned private collections. Complementing the presentation of artworks are historic photographs and documents.
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.
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.