Preview 2018

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


Douglas Gordon

14 April – 19 August 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

The internationally acclaimed Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (*1966) presents his striking, large-scale video installation k.364, 2010 in the Grabbe Halle of the K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. In this 50-minute work, which is projected onto a pair of two-sided screens, the artist follows two Israeli musicians of Polish-Jewish heritage on their journey by train from Berlin to Warsaw, where they are scheduled to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E flat Major, KV 364 with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Their reflections concerning the Holocaust, the landscape, so charged with historical memory, and their visit to a synagogue in Posen – misappropriated as a swimming hall since in the National Socialist era – are mixed with the sound of the rolling train and the soothing tones of Mozart’s symphony. The work movingly documents of the profound trust of the protagonists in the power of music against the subtly delineated background of a dark and unredeemed history.

Admission is free of charge.

Anni Albers

09 June – 09 September 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

The exhibition „Anni Albers“ showcases a remarkable artist who created her formidable and multifaceted oeuvre mainly at the weaving loom. Anni Albers (1899–1994) studied during the  1920s at the innovative Bauhaus School in Weimar and Dessau, whose teachers included Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, along with her husband Josef Albers. After emigrating to the United States, she taught at Black Mountain College, a unique place of learning where artistic and scientific disciplines reinforced one another. At the center of her creative achievement are her extraordinary woven images, characterized by complex textile structures, an abstract form language, and subtle coloration. Albers joined an ancient cultural technology to modern artistic practices, establishing the technique of weaving as a fullyfledged art form without neglecting its useful aspects.

The exhibition is being organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London.

museum global.
Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism

10 November 2018 – 10 March 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz

With a point of departure in a critical engagement with our own collection, museum global – a research and exhibition project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon.

With microhistories from Japan, Brazil, Mexico, China, India, Lebanon, or Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just a Eurocentric version of art history, but our own perspectives as well. Via a lively forum, the museum is opening itself up toward urban society and initiating a discussion involving diverse communities, art, scholarship, and research.




Raqs Media Collective

21 April – 12 August 2018
K21 Ständehaus

The K21 presents the first institutional exhibition in Germany devoted to the Indian artists’ group known as the Raqs Media Collective. In its projects, the collective – founded in New Delhi in 1992 – follows a multidisciplinary approach that unites contemporary artistic practice with research methods, theory, and philosophical speculation. Their preoccupation with topics such as global capitalism, urbanization, and political representation is materialized in the form of installations, videos, text, and photographs.

A central theme is a confrontation with the phenomenon of time. What is time? And what is the relationship between time, space, and history? The exhibition explores these issues while inviting viewers to reexamine established concepts, patterns of thought, and narratives.

Cao Fei

06 October 2018 – 13 January 2019
K21 Ständehaus

The K21 is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the Beijing-based artist Cao Fei. The featured videos, photographs, and multimedia installations by this pioneer of the post-internet-generation are representative of her artistic oeuvre as a whole. Oscillating between reality and fiction, her art reflects upon China's societal and urban situation, characterized today by continual and massive change. Cao Fei (*1978) draws upon her local and personal milieu in Beijing, at the same time integrating traditional Chinese rituals into her work. She exploits the latest digital media for projects that alternate visually between the aesthetic realms of documentary, feature film, and virtual reality.

In cooperation with MoMA PS1, New York, and the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf/Berlin.