To Egypt! The Travels of Max Slevogt and Paul Klee: Paul Klee, vermessene Felder, 1929,47 (N 7) Aquarell und Bleistift auf Papier auf Karton, 30,4 x 45,8 cm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf


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.


To Egypt!
The Travels of Max Slevogt and Paul Klee

September 6, 2014 to January 4, 2015

The Egyptian journeys of the painters Max Slevogt and Paul Klee are separated by more than a chronological distance of 15 years: while Slevogt the Impressionist captured his perceptions of the Orient in a singular picture cycle in spring of 1914, Klee's Egyptian motifs from 1928-29 are wholly indepted to modernist pictorial conceptions. The exhibition juxtaposes the production of these two artists for the first time in a presentation that charts a fundamental artistic upheaval on the treshold between Impressionism and classical modernism.

An exhibition of Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.


Wael Shawky

September 6, 2014 to January  4, 2015

On view in the Grabbehalle concurrently is a contemporary video installation by the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky (*1971). For Shawky too, it is a question of mechanisms of projection and of confrontations with foreignness. Cabaret Crusades, a video of an elaborately marionette epic, and the topic of much discussion at the documenta 13, depicts the medieval crusades, but now from an Arabian perspective. The work has two parts, The Horror File, 2010, (30 min.) and The Path to Cairo, 2012, (60 min.), which has been acquired by the Kunstsammlung. After its completion, the third and final part of Cabaret Crusades, entitled The Secret of Karbala (ca. 90 min.), produced with support from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, will be on view in the exhibition during autumn of 2014.


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.