Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian
The Infinite White Abyss
April 05 - July 06, 2014
With "Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian – The Infinite White Abyss", the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has organized the first museum exhibition ever to explore the multifaceted significance of the white surface in the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. In the early twentieth century, these three artists embarked upon parallel paths toward abstraction, a process within which the concept “white” enjoyed a very special status. For all three artists, “white” was a symbol of a future world. This exhibition therefore forms a very special component of the Quadriennale 2014 in Düsseldorf, which is organized around the theme "Beyond Tomorrow".
Beneath the Ground.
From Kafka to Kippenberger
April 05 - August 10, 2014
The K21 is dedicating its exhibition to both utopian and dystopian aspects of the subterranean realm. Earth as material plays a central role here. Being underground can mean protection, but also cramped surroundings and claustrophobic fear. These are the feelings the badger-like animal experiences in Franz Kafka’s short story “The Burrow”. It wants to build the perfect burrow as a shelter, but its obsessive monitoring of the labyrinthine system gradually causes the animal to grow paranoid. Kafka’s story remained unfinished –and the exhibition Beneath the Ground: From Kafka to Kippenberger attempts to continue the tale.
April 05 - August 10, 2014
Orienting himself in relation to the exhibition Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian: The Infinite White Abyss, Olafur Eliasson – in collaboration with the Kunstsammlung – has developed the unorthodox project Dein Ausstellungsguide (Your Exhibtion Guide). This piece prepares visitors for the exhibition White Abyss in astonishing ways, sensitizing them to the complex qualities of the color white.
The Missing String
November 09, 2013 – April 06, 2014
For the first time, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is devoting an exhibition to Susan Philipsz, renowned Scottish artist and Turner Prize winner. The Missing String is based on the artist’s wide-ranging investigation into the war-damaged stringed musical instruments found today in numerous collections throughout Germany. These objects constitute a striking emblem of the destructive forces of war, and they mirror the often tragic fates suffered by artists during World War II.
Tomás Saraceno - in orbit
until autumn 2014 (estimated)
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.