Andreas Gursky, Ohne Titel XVIII, 2015, Inkjet-Print, 307 x 221,5 x 6,2 cm, © Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Courtesy Sprüth Magers

Futur 3: Approaching an unknown Future:

A Program in the Schmela Haus

Every Thursday
at 7 pm

(except summer holidays and Christmas holidays)



Andreas Gursky – not abstract

K20 Grabbeplatz
July 02 – November 06, 2016

Opening: July 01, 7 p.m.

The exhibition Andreas Gursky – not abstract provides an initial look at new works by the renowned Düsseldorf photoartist, all of them created especially for this project and presented here alongside selected earlier works. In his recent works, Andreas Gursky explores the abstract potential of the photographic medium.

From early in his career, abstraction has served Gursky as a resource for  compositional freedom, and in his view, establishes the closest possible proximity between painting and photography. Nevertheless, explains the artist, photography is never completely abstract: it is always bound up with the object.

The exhibition Andreas Gursky – not abstract features the diverse forms of abstraction that have appeared in this artist‘s oeuvre. Accompanying the photographic works is a  minimalist sound installation by the Canadian producer and DJ Richie Hawtin. Concept 1 was published by Hawtin in 1996 as a series of minimalist tracks that pursue ideas concerning rhythmic abstractness in music.

The exhibition is supported by:
Emirates, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG und Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Christoph Büchel

K21 Ständehaus
September 09, 2016 – January 22, 2017

For Autumn of 2016, the Conceptual artist Christoph Büchel – who is known for his socially critical  installations, with their unfathomable visual impact – is preparing a major work for the K21.

Wolke und Kristall -
Die Sammlung Dorothee und Konrad Fischer

K20 Grabbeplatz
24.09.2016 – 08.01.2017

The renunciation of the image was one of the most momentous upheavals in the history of twentieth century art. Now, Conceptual Art supplanted the position formerly occupied by painting. This shift is highlighted by  more than 200 works from artists such as Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt, which are juxtaposed with works by Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. The presentation also underscores the major role played by the Düsseldorf art dealer and collector Konrad Fischer within the international art scene of the 1960s.


Otto Dix –
The Evil Eye

K20 Grabbeplatz
February 11 – May 14, 2017

Beginning in 1922, Otto Dix spent several explosively creative years in Düsseldorf. During this period, he developed the critical handwriting that made him so unmistakable within twentieth century art. The exhibition is devoted to this artistically and personally decisive phase of his career. On view will be approximately 120  paintings, watercolors, and graphic works from German and international collections.