Exhibitions and Projects of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2015

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K21 Ständehaus

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.


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




K21 Ständehaus
26 September, 2015 – 24 January, 2016

The exhibition explores the multifaceted and ambivalent ways used by contemporary artists to incorporate elements of
Christian iconography, which are omnipresent in our collective visual and textual memory. A remarkable number of these  artworks resist a straightforward reading of Christian signs and symbols through complex narratives and images in which the  artists engage with Christian motifs and themes in a  differentiated and profound manner.

For some years now, there has been talk of a return of the religious in art. Without doubt religion is a theme that can be found everywhere in today’s politics and  media – not so much as a theological, but as a socio-political phenomenon. Even outside of the church, Christian ethical values  still continue to define views on many social issues in our socio-political system; they are an undeniable part of our culture and history. The focus of the exhibition will be on artworks that reflect critically on Christian images and themes transforming  and transposing them by giving them new substance, or by combining them with new visual aesthetic practices.

The works of the exhibition will consist primarily of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos and films, as well as complex installations – some created especially for this exhibition – from the last 25 years. Selected works represent major directions in art history from 1950 to 1980 and serve as important points of reference for contemporary artworks.

Agnes Martin.
A Retrospective

K20 Grabbeplatz
07 November, 2015 – 06 March, 2016

With the retrospective of paintings and drawings by Agnes Martin (1912 - 2004), the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen pays tribute to an extraordinary painter whose achievement has been greatly esteemed internationally since the 1960s. With its commitment to abstraction and its prevailling muted tonalities, her oeuvre evolved in the milieu of abstract expressionism and minimalist tendencies. Her artistic vocabulary is based on horizontal and vertical lines that structure the picture plane in grid configurations or in striped patterns, and on matte, vibrating surfaces in delicate colors. In this presentation, works from all creative periods offer profound insights into Agnes Martin's art, which rewards the concentrated beholder with extraordinary visual experiences.

The exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Wiebke Siem in the LABOR

K20 Grabbeplatz, Labor
02 December, 2015 – April, 2016

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.