Marcel Broodthaers

Marchel Broodthaers.
A retrospective

04 March – 11 June 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective presents a major overview of the multifaceted oeuvre of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 –1976), who formulated an idiosyncratic artistic position within the milieu of Pop,  Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. When he was 40 years old, Broodthaers turned from poetry toward visual arts, and soon received acclaim within Europe's avant-garde scene for his displays and cinematographic works, with their stringent criticism of institutions.

This exhibition, which includes more than 400 works in the most diverse genres and media, has been organized meticulously over a period of more than four years by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. The show finishes in Düsseldorf, a city that did much to promote Broodthaers' brief but highly productive artistic career.


Otto Dix – The Evil Eye

Otto Dix, 1919, unknown photographer, photo: Otto Dix Stiftung

Otto Dix – The Evil Eye

11 February – 28 May 2017 (extended)
K20 Grabbeplatz

Otto Dix (1891 - 1969) – the celebrated painter and notorious enfant terrible – spent the intensively creative years 1922 - 1925 in Düsseldorf. During this period, as a member of the revolutionary artist’s group Das Junge Rheinland (Young Rhineland), he developed the critical handwriting that made him an unmistakable figure within 20th century art. The exhibition Otto Dix – The Evil Eye is devoted to this decisive phase of his career.


Tomás Saraceno

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

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit

from 25 March 2017
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.


Artist's Rooms

Alexandra Bircken, Parallelgesellschaften, 2016, Courtesy Alexandra Bircken, BQ, Berlin & Herald St., London, Foto: Achim Kukulies

K21 Artist's Rooms

1 April 2017 31 March 2018
K21 Ständehaus

The K21 Ständehaus is a very special venue for young international artists and for the contemporary portions of the permanent collection. Traversing three levels, 22 rooms offer visitors intensive encounters with painting, sculpture, photography, film, and in particular with spatially-oriented art. Selected contemporary artists are invited to display works for a period of one year, thereby engaging in dialogue  with other works in the collection. The result is a succession of varied spatial impressions that are representative of the richness and density of contemporary art, and which inspire the senses and challenge our perceptions in perpetually fresh ways.


Leunora Salihu

Leunora Salihu, GRAVITY ON A JOURNEY, 2017, Installation view at K21 Ständehaus, photo: Achim Kukulies

Leunora Salihu
Gravity on a journey

31 March – 10 September 2017
K21 Ständehaus, Bel Etage

Although Leunora Salihu's sculptures have an austere composition, they are light and permeable. The artists, who was born in 1977 in Prishtina (Kosovo), creates her works from a multitude of materials, like clay, plaster, metal and multiplex boards, playing with their contrasting characteristics to assemble new, extraordinary combinations.


»Open for Construction«

photo: Kunstsammlung

The Renegotiation of an Art Collection

January 2017 - August 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz, Labor

The »Open for Construction« project lets visitors and people interested in the museum engage with modernist artworks and explore the art historical canon. As focus groups, they can work within the exhibition architecture especially designed for this purpose and develop their own ways of accessing the works they have selected from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen’s collection and from outside the Western canon. A series of workshops provides them with the opportunity to study and comment on artistic content as well as forms of presentation and mediation. In the end, they present their perspectives to the museum and the public in the form of an exhibition promoting further discussion.