Ed Atkins, Neoteny in Humans, 2017, Videostill, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Cabinet Gallery, London; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Rome and dépendance, Brussels

Ed Atkins
Ye Olde Food

23.02. – 16.6.2019

Ed Atkins (*1982, Oxford) is at the vanguard of a new generation of artists reflecting on the profound changes in our reality caused by the rapid development of digital media. He gained critical acclaim for his computer-generated animations, in which he questions the promises, potential, and ideologies of the technologies he uses. In evocative videos with compelling soundtracks, he addresses existential themes such as love, death, and illness, and considers how desire, melancholy, and transience are experienced today in view of their increasingly digital abstraction.



Lucia Sotnikova, fig. 29, 2016

Planet 58.
Graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 2018

8 February – 31 March, 2019

The exhibition at the K21 features artworks by approximately 60 recent graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Art Academy). All of the participating artists concluded their studies at the renowned art academy in 2018, and now present their works – paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, graphics, videos, and performances – in a museum context. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a work by one of the contributing artists. "Planet 58" plays with conceptions of the unexplored, the prospective, calling attention to the transition between the study years and an independent artistic career. For the museum as well, "Planet 58" represents uncharted territory: never before has it opened up its spaces to young artists on this scale, with the aim of providing them with a platform, and of offering the public a glimpse of current artistic developments in Düsseldorf.

In cooperation with the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.



Exhibition poster "Paul Klee" at the Israel Museum Jerusalem, 1966, photo: Achim Kukulies

museum global
Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

extended until 24 March, 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz 

In 1960, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired 88 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Paul Klee. This purchase represented an act of atonement (Wiedergutmachung) toward an artist who had been dismissed from his professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy by the National Socialists in 1933. This ensemble of works, which forms the foundation of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, founded in 1961, is now the point of departure for a reexamination of its permanent collection: from 1966 until 1985, the Klee pictures travelled the world, and were seen in Jerusalem in 1966, in Prague in 1969, in Rio de Janeiro in 1972, and in New Delhi in 1979, among others. In the context of this tour, the “universal genius” Klee and his works were explicitly designated as message and messengers of the still young Federal Republic of Germany, as strikingly documented through previously unknown archival materials, along with documents from some of the host institutions. The presentation Paul Klee: A Collection Travelling Around the World is serving as a prologue to the wide-ranging exhibition project museum global, which opens on November 10, 2018.  


Installation "Tomás Saraceno - in orbit", K21 Ständehaus, photo: Studio Saraceno, © Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit

Permanent installation
K21 Ständehaus

Suspended more than 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 is Tomás Saraceno‘s gigantic installation in orbit. This steel wire construction spans the museum‘s vast glass cupola on three different levels. Positioned within this net structure, which encompasses altogether 2500 m², are half a dozen „spheres“ – inflated spheres having diameters up to 8.5 meters. Visitors have access to this transparent installation, and can move freely between the spheres on all three levels.