Exhibition Preview: Programme 2019

Ai Weiwei © Ai Weiwei Studio

This years highlights range from a big solo exhibition of the chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, a new perspective from the norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgård on Edvard Munch as well as works and electronic live concerts by Carsten Nicolai. Please find the detailed programme attached below.


May: Ai Weiwei

18.5. – 1.9. 2019
K20 / K21

“Everything is art. Everything is politics”: with these words, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Ai Weiwei encapsulates the basic principle of his working approach. This motto is also the leitmotif of his largest exhibition in Europe to date, which will be on view simultaneously at the K20 and the K21 of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen.

Large-scale works and extensive image wallpaper transform the museum galleries into dense, accessible installations. The close interlocking of political engagement with artistic activity in the oeuvre of this important and disputatious artist allows the contradictions of the present day to become tangible.

Ai Weiwei, who was born in Beijing in 1957, is celebrated worldwide as an artist, architect, curator, film director and photographer. Impressions of Conceptual and Pop Art gathered during his time in New York during the 1980s proved fruitful for his working methods, which aim toward a critical examination of cultural history and developments in global society.

June: Best Friends

Ellsworth Kelly, Grünes Relief mit Blau, 1993, Öl auf Leinwand, zwei miteinander verbundene Tafeln, 304,8 × 249,6 cm, Erworben 1997 von der Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V.

50 Years of the Association of Friends at the Kunstsammlung

5.6. – 7.7.2019

Since 1969, the Gesellschaft der Freunde (Association of Friends) of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V. has been an invaluable and reliable supporter of the museum. Through purchases, the Freundeskreis has expanded the collection, and has assisted with the financing of exhibitions. By covering the greater portion of the building costs, the Freundeskreis has made possible extension structures such as the Klee Halle and the Henkel Galerie, of such enormous importance to the Kunstsammlung. For a half century now, the museum and the Freundeskreis have been “Best Friends.” We celebrate this partnership now by presenting major acquisitions made by the Freundeskreis, including works by Amedeo Modigliani, Max Ernst and Francis Bacon, by Ad Reinhard, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin, by Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker, by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Struth, and many others.