Foto: Jens Willebrand


February 7 to May 10, 2015

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen features the works of Günther Uecker from a contemporary perspective. The presentation documents the early years, his membership in the ZERO Group, and his sculptural oeuvre. Paintings, object art, sculptures, films, artist’s books, manifestoes, and stage and costume designs chronicle the tenacious activities of this  many-sided inventor. Key works in conjunction with lesser-known pieces open up fresh insights into Uecker’s creative achievement. The spectrum of the exhibition extends from work conveying political messages to meditative creations that emerged from the artist’s intensive preoccupation with the effects of light. Additional themes are the status of film and writing in Uecker’s oeuvre, whose worldwide reception is also be explored.

A Painter among Poets
June 13 to September 27, 2015

This exhibition is the first to be devoted to the relationship between Joan Miró (1893 - 1983) and literature and the artist's friendship with major 20th century authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, André Breton, and Guillaume Apollinaire. In his art, Miró - who read incessantly in his studio during work breaks - refers explicitly to a variety of texts. At the center of the presentation will be a wide-ranging series of works, produced during the 1920s, which Miró called "peinture-poéme". The works of this series demonstrate how Miró's emblematic abstractions were engendered through an interchange with literature.


Annette Messager.

September 27, 2014 to March 22, 2015

There can be little doubt that Annette Messager is one of the most important representatives of contemporary French art. The installation Sous vent – which was shown initially in Paris, Moscow, and Warsaw – has been on view at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen since 2011. This work, which extends to a length of 30 meters, will be on display in its full extent on the lower level of the K21. Positioned beneath a gigantic piece of silk cloth that is set into wave motions by a fan are objects that are reminiscent of hands and internal organs. Alongside the large-scale piece “Under the Wind,” so evocative of the forces of nature, Annette Messager will be showing a number of recent works at the K21.