Exhibitions and Projects of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2015
07 February — 10 May, 2015
The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen shows works by Günther Uecker from a contemporary perspective. The presentation testifies to the persevering activities of this many-sided inventor. The spectrum ranges from works containing political messages all the way to meditative creations in which the artist is intensely preoccupied with the effects of light. Other themes include the importance of film and script for Uecker’s oeuvre, whose worldwide reception is also examined. Parallel to his exhibition, Günther Uecker has created a new presentation for the LABOR of the K20.
13 June – 27 September, 2015
Painting as Poetry
This exhibition is devoted to Joan Miró’s lifelong interest in literature. Miró not only cultivated friendships with major 20th-century poets. The reading of literature allowed his sense of artistic fantasy to take wing – he saw himself as a »painter poet« and made absolutely no distinction between the various arts. On his canvases, word and image enter into ambiguous associations. In collaboration with his poet friends, moreover, Miró created numerous elaborately designed artist’s books. This presentation illuminates this theme in a comprehensive way for the first time, and showcases Miró’s achievement from a new perspective.
09 May – 30 August, 2015
Imi Knoebel – Honoring Malevich
The artist Imi Knoebel – a resident of Düsseldorf – is one of the most important German representatives of postmodernism internationally. During the 1960s, the Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich, and in particular his celebrated Black Square, strongly influenced Imi Knoebel, and has shaped the development of his minimalist work up to the present. For the Bel Etage of the K21, Knoebel has devised a dialogical interplay between his own works and those of Malevich.
26 September, 2015 – 24 January, 2016
THE PROBLEM OF GOD
The exhibition features works by contemporary artists who seek to come to terms with Christian motifs, themes, and issues using a variety of approaches. As an element of our collective image and text memory, Christian iconography surfaces in contemporary works of art in multifarious and ambivalent ways. The spectrum ranges from fundamental existential questions to humorous and critical approaches, from specific aspects of religion and faith to current sociopolitical themes.
07 November, 2015 – February, 2016
This retrospective of paintings and drawings by Agnes Martin (1912–2004) pays tribute to the artistic achievement of one of the most remarkable female artists of the 20th century. From the experiments of the 1950s all the way to ripe late works, her soft-spoken oeuvre, with its commitment to abstraction, evolved in the milieu of Abstract Expressionism and minimalist tendencies. Organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen in cooperation with Tate Modern in London, the LACMA in Los Angeles, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, this exhibition offers profound insights into Martin’s paintings, along with an extraordinary visual experience.
Artists’ Rooms in the K21
An almost unique situation on the international art scene: selected contemporary artists have the opportunity to configure their own separate room within the museum. Displays alternate regularly, and each offers the visitor an intense encounter with contemporary art.
K20 Grabbeplatz, Labor
September, 2015 – January, 2016
Wiebke Siem in the LABOR
For the LABOR, the sculptress Wiebke Siem has developed an interactive installation that relates to the collection of the K20. With keen irony and from a woman’s perspective, this work by a recipient of the Goslar Kaiserring Prize (2014) addresses artistic modernism, against which background she arrives at a wholly independent position. Among the essential aspects of her
activities are the role of art and its relationship to non-art, the transformation of the familiar into the strange, and the modes of collecting and presentation.
F3 Schmela Haus
at 7 pm
(except summer holidays and Christmas holidays)