Visitors at K21 Ständehaus, photo: Katja Illner

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit

Extended until presumably June 2016

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.


F3 Schmela Haus

Every Thursday
at 7 pm

(except summer holidays and Christmas holidays)

Futur 3: Approaching an unknown Future:

A Program in the Schmela Haus



The K21 – A Special Place for Artists

K21 Ständehaus
From 27 February 2016

The Artist’s Rooms provide a venue for young, international artists. Dispersed across three levels of the K21, these 22 galleries offer intensive encounters with space-related art. The result is a dialogue between the collection and temporary installations. For one year Diango Hernández, Ibrahim Mahama and Bertold Stallmach / Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani will display their works.

Funded by the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West.

Wiebke Siem – What Things Dream

K20 Grabbeplatz (Labor)
February 04 – June 19, 2016

Wiebke Siem, who was awarded the Kaiserring Goslar in 2014, explores modernism through ironic breaks.
In the past, her work focused on forms of collection and display, and she presented her objects in rows and on shelves in the fashion of a museum archive or a store showcase.
For the last ten years, the artist has been arranging her sculptures in interiors of old furniture, creating a kind of stage set. Recently, Siem began constructing figures out of everyday objects, which she collects in large numbers. By processing these objects and changing their form, she alienates them from their original function and transforms them into protagonists of a strange kind of puppet theater. Thus, while the idea of a collection still provides inspiration for Siem’s oeuvre, it no longer serves as a topic, but as a reservoir for her sculptural works.

In our Labor, Wiebke Siem provides visitors with various components for a group of sculptures, inviting them to use this assembly kit to create their own configurations. In this way, visitors become the artist’s accomplices in a creative process, which, as we all know, is associated with both pleasure and pain, as eventually a final decision about form must be made.

The Labor is sponsored by the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland and the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf.

Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting

K21 Ständehaus
March 05 – July 03, 2016

This retrospective honors Alberto Burri (1915 – 1995), one of the most influential Italian artists of the postwar era. In his works, executed on tar, iron, and plastic, Burri violates the surface of the image, in the process liberating it from two-dimensionality. At the same time, he comments on the political trajectory of the  twentieth century.

Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Henkel – The Art Collection

K20 Grabbeplatz
April 09 – August 14, 2016

The headquarters of the Henkel firm, located in Düsseldorf, is also the location of an art collection, assembled over a period of years by Gabriele Henkel, that showcases a variety of artistic cultures and genres. The  collection extends from classical modernism to twentieth century abstraction and the art of remote lands.  Now, a representative selection receives its first public presentation.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
1887 – 2058

K20 Grabbeplatz
April 23 – August 07, 2016

With Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, everything revolves around the experience of spaces and times and reflections on them. Using minimal resources, she evokes places, people, and themes drawn from our collective memory. The focus is on items as heterogeneous as the lifestyle of the 1970s, film icons, King Ludwig II, psychoanalysis, or a look forward to the year 2058.

In collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
The exhibition is sponsored by Schwarzkopf (Henkel Beauty Care).

Andreas Gursky –
Not Abstract

K20 Grabbeplatz
July 02 – November 06, 2016

Beginning early in his career, the photo artist Andreas Gursky has labeled a number of his works with a special system of Roman numerals. In the Robert-Rademacher-Gallery of the K20, a series of these photos is  continued now with more recent images. They also enter into astonishing dialogues with works owned by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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.