Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014

Beyond Tomorrow – Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014 invites visitors to contemplate the future. From 5 April to 10 August, thirteen museums, art venues and partner institutes are presenting myriad approaches to this theme. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is one of them. Along with the thematically interrelated art exhibitions, numerous actions across the cityscape and a lively festival programme give visitors diverse opportunities to engage with the future.

Quadriennale Düsseldorf


Futur 3

Thursdays from 18.30 on
Schmela Haus

With Futur 3, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen takes the long view. With the increasing turn away from future-oriented or Utopian discourses during the second half of the 20th century, the focus of attention in recent decades has been on the present. This lecture and discussion program will pose questions about human nature, cultural activities, and society's present and future powers of development.

This coming September, the "Goethe Residency Program of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen" will be launched with a visit by a curator from Egypt. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Goethe Institute/Munich, non-European scholarship recipients are invited to stay at the Schmela Haus in Düsseldorf for periods of three months in order to engage in exchange and dialogue.


Preview 2014

Katharina Sieverding

May 10, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Katharina Sieverding’s Stauffenberg-Block (1969), from the permanent collection of the Kunstsammlung, will be featured in a central location of the bel etage of the K21. This early work – which consists of large format, chromatically altered self-portraits of this photo-artist – can be displayed only infrequently: it occupies a surface of altogether 3.8 x 10 meters. Thematically, it deals with the individual’s responsibilities in relation to society, and refers specifically to Claus von Stauffenberg, a resistance fighter who was executed by the Nazis in 1944. 

To Egypt!
The Travels of Max Slevogt and Paul Klee

September 6, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Around 120 paintings, watercolors, and drawings showcase the results of journeys to Egypt undertaken by these artists in 1914 and 1928-29. The ways in which Slevogt (1868-1932), an Impressionist magician of color, and Klee (1879-1940), a “tightrope walker” of pictorial poetry, translated their impressions of “the Orient” compositionally could hardly be more different. While Slevogt’s creative production during his stay on the Nile represents an artistic highpoint, Klee’s fascination with the pyramids and with hieroglyphs accompanied him from the early phase of his career all way to the later years.  

An exhibition of Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

Wael Shawky

September 6, 2014 to January  4, 2015

On view in the Grabbehalle concurrently is a contemporary video installation by the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky (*1971). For Shawky too, it is a question of mechanisms of projection and of confrontations with foreignness. Cabaret Crusades, a video of an elaborately marionette epic, and the topic of much discussion at the documenta 13, depicts the medieval crusades, but now from an Arabian perspective. The work has two parts, The Horror File, 2010, (30 min.) and The Path to Cairo, 2012, (60 min.), which has been acquired by the Kunstsammlung. After its completion, the third and final part of Cabaret Crusades, entitled The Secret of Karbala (ca. 90 min.), produced with support from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, will be on view in the exhibition during autumn of 2014.

Annette Messanger

September 27, 2014 to March 22, 2015

There can be little doubt that Annette Messager is one of the most important representatives of contemporary French art. The installation Sous vent – which was shown initially in Paris, Moscow, and Warsaw – has been on view at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen since 2011. This work, which extends to a length of 30 meters, will be on display in its full extent on the lower level of the K21. Positioned beneath a gigantic piece of silk cloth that is set into wave motions by a fan are objects that are reminiscent of hands and internal organs. Alongside the large-scale piece “Under the Wind,” so evocative of the forces of nature, Annette Messager will be showing a number of recent works at the K21.