K21: Banu Cennetoğlu

(c) Banu Cennetoglu

Banu Cennetoğlu
July 6 – November 10, 2019
K21 Bel Etage

At the center of the exhibition by Banu Cennetoğlu at the K21 is a moving image work that presents her complete image-based archive from 10 June 2006 to 21 March 2018. The unedited stream of content, presented chronologically over a period of time of 128 hours and 22 minutes, shows the artist’s personal experiences intertwined with events that have become elements of public memory.

In her artistic practice, Banu Cennetoğlu is engaged with the formation, circulation and preservation of information as knowledge and the underlying political, social, and cultural mechanisms. Using methods of archiving and classification, Cennetoğluc investigates the ways in which moments in history are recorded, and become part of a collective historical consciousness. Her cross-disciplinary approach makes use of images, texts and printed matter, such as conventional newspaper, in order to create object and images based installations.

After studies in psychology and photography in Istanbul and Paris, Cennetoğlu lived in New York and spent two years at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam before returning to Turkey in 2005. There she founded the non-commercial project space BAS, which is devoted to collecting, and archiving, as well as exhibiting artist’s books. In 2016, Cennetoğlu was a guest at the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, and in 2017, she participated in Documenta 14.

K21: Carsten Nicolai

Carsten Nicolai, anti, 2004, 300 × 255 × 255 cm, Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Photo: Uwe Walter © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Carsten Nicolai.
Parallax Symmetry
Sept. 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020

In autumn, the K21 will be showing a survey exhibition devoted to the artist and musician Carsten Nicolai (born in 1965, lives and works in Berlin). Since the early 1990s, Nicolai has worked along the interface between visual art, music, and the natural sciences. With electronic sound and light material, he generates minimalist installations, sound performances, and presentations of physical phenomenon that reflect upon the systems and structures of a mediatized world.

As a musician, Nicolai has become one of the most recognized representatives of contemporary electronic music under the pseudonym Alva Noto. Since his participation in documenta X (1997) and the Venice Biennales of 2001 and 2003, he has exhibited worldwide as a visual artist. Taking place on the piazza of the K21 to accompany Nicolai's exhibition in the lower level will be a series of electronic live concerts and performances.

K20: Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, Under the stars, 1900–05, oil on canvas, 90 × 120 cm, Munchmuseet, Oslo

Edvard Munch seen by von Karl Ove Knausgård
October 12, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Karl Ove Knausgård is among the most acclaimed and important living Norwegian authors. His six-volume autobiographical novel is one of the most-discussed books of recent years worldwide. Now, Knausgård has turned his attention toward the work of the painter Edvard Munch. With his astonishing selection of rarely or never-exhibited works, the eminent author has discovered a hitherto
'unknown' Munch. This exhibition will be on view at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen parallel to the Frankfurter Buchmesse, at which Norway will be presented as the Guest of Honour in 2019.

Knausgård – who was also trained in art history – has selected approximately 130 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the archive and storage facilities of the Munch Museum in Oslo and supplemented with loans from international museums. He opens up an unfamiliar perspective of a man who is arguably the most celebrated Scandinavian avant-garde artist of the early 20th century.

"Edvard Munch seen by Karl Ove Knausgård" is an exhibition of the Munch Museum in Oslo in collaboration with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

Preview to further projects


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Fase. Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich
October 29 — November 10, 2019



Tomás Saraceno. in orbit

Preview 2020

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Bull's Skull, 1942, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019, photo : Walter Klein, Düsseldorf

Picasso 1939 — 1945
February 15 – June 14, 2020

Featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, and contemporary documents dating from the years 1939 to 1945, this exhibition at the K20 reveals much about Pablo Picasso as a human being during World War II, and about the contradictions of everyday life during this era.

At the start of the war, Picasso fled from Paris to southern France, but returned to the German-occupied French capital in August of 1940. He remained in his Parisian studio, producing such masterworks as the painting "L’Aubade" (1942). Picasso responded in his work to the menacing forces of the time, to death and destruction. Nonetheless, his primary focus was not the theme of war, but instead the classical genres of painting. The result was a multifaceted series of still lifes, portraits, and nudes, many based on motifs drawn from his private milieu.

An exhibition of the Musée de Grenoble in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. The project is under the patronage of Prime Minister Armin Laschet, Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany for Cultural Affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation.