Preview 2018

K20, photo: Katja Illner
K21, photo: Katja Illner

Anni Albers

09 June – 09 September 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

Anni Albers (1899−1994) – who was probably the best-known textile artist of the 20th century – positioned the ancient technique of weaving at the center of her oeuvre. She wove pictures and wall hangings and designed carpets and textiles for mechanical production. She was an enthusiastic teacher and writer throughout her life. This exhibition – a collaboration with the Tate Modern – illuminates the multifaceted lifework of probably the most famous woman artist associated with the Bauhaus, along with her intellectual and visual cosmos.

museum global          

10 November 2018 – 10 March 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz

With the culminating exhibition of the research project museum global, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen interrogates the narrative of Western modernism to date and the history of their own collection. On view will be exemplars of artistic praxis which emerged outside of Europe or North America – whether through interaction with so-called “classical modernism” or independently of it – which have received minimal recognition within the traditional Western historiography of art.

Raqs Media Collective – Twilight Language

April – August 2018
K21 Ständehaus

Twilight Language presents the Indian artist's group Raqs Media Collective in its first solo exhibition in a German museum. The members of the collective, founded in New Delhi in 1992, are active in multiple roles: as curators, authors, filmmakers, and collaborators with architects and computer experts. With their multidisciplinary perspective, they address themes such as global capitalism, urbanization, and forms of political representation.

In cooperation with The Whitworth, The University of Manchester. 

Cao Fei

06 October 2018 – 10 February 2019
K21 Ständehaus

In autumn of 2018, the K21 presents the first major German exhibition since 2008 to be devoted to the Beijing-based artist. Situated somewhere between dreamworlds and potential catastrophe, these multimedia installations, videos, photographs, and sculptures, exhibited in collaboration with the MoMA PS1, allude to China's rapidly evolving social and urban situation. Drawing on the most diverse sources and references, and through an interplay of fantasy and reality, this pioneer of the post-internet generation (*1978) endows these upheavals with a face.