Preview 2017

Visual of the exhibition

Tomás Saraceno – in orbit

K21 Ständehaus
From 25 March, 2017

Please join us in celebrating the reopening of this unique artwork on March 25, 2017 from 1 – 6 PM!
Admission free of charge.

Hovering beneath the glass dome of the K21 at a height of 25 m is the gigantic spatial installation entitled in orbit, the work of the artist Tomás Saraceno. It appears as a surreal landscape, and is reminiscent of a sea of clouds. This accessible structure is made up of 2500 m² of steel mesh and a number of large balloons, the transparent spheres. Tomás Saraceno created his installation – scheduled to reopen in March of 2017 after comprehensive renovations – on the model of a spider’s web. This artist is working  together with scientists and scholars from the realms of the arts, philosophy, and the natural sciences, in order to pursue a visionary objective: the floating city of the future (the Aerocene Project).

This long-term project is Saraceno’s response to escalating ecological crisis and the increasing uninhabitability of the Earth. We invite all art lovers 12 years of age and older to explore the installation by crawling or climbing through it.  For their own safety, visitors will be instructed by museum staff in how to engage with the installation. Trekking shoes and appropriate clothing are a precondition for climbing into in orbit, and are available on location. There may be waiting times, since only a maximum number of 10  people can enter the network at a time.


K21 Künstlerräume

beginning on 1st April, 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Since 2010, the K21 Ständehaus has served as a venue for international art and contemporary works from the permanent collection. Distributed throughout three levels, 22 continuously changing rooms offer encounters with site-specific approaches to art production. Selected artists are invited to show their works for a period of one year, at the same time engaging in dialogue with the architecture and the collection. The new installations emphasize stage-style scenarios and architectural extensions of the surrounding space: represented will be Alexandra Bircken, Ulla von Brandenburg, Eva Kot´átková, Pamela Rosenkranz and Beuys student Inge Mahn.

Art et Liberté:
Rupture, War, and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948)

July 15 – October 15, 2017
K20 Grabbeplatz

Art et Liberté: Rupture, War, and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948) is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to the group Art et Liberté (Art and Freedom) which was active in Cairo. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II this collective of Surrealist writers and fine artists engaged in a struggle against fascism,  nationalism, and colonialism. With a new definition of Surrealism, the group established a contemporary pictorial idiom that was rooted more in international tendencies than local traditions.


Futur 3 Annäherung an die ungekannte Zukunft

F3 Schmela Haus
Thursdays at 7 pm (except holidays)

With Futur 3, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen invites everyone with an interest in art and culture to engage in dialogue, debate and discussion at the Schmela Haus. On Thursday evenings (except holidays), international guests explore questions concerning the future of the museum, the city, society, art and science in various constellations and with different thematic emphases.

Vorschau 2018

Excentric Modernism

April 14 – August 12 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

With the exhibition Excentric Modernism, the Kunstsammlung interrogates the grand narratives of Western modernism and the history of our own collection. On view will be artistic practices that emerged outside of Europe and North America, whether through interchange with so-called "classical modernism" or independently of it, and which have received minimal recognition within the traditional Western historiography of art.