K20: 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. © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

Best Friends.
50 Years of the Association of Friends at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

June 5 – July 7, 2019
K20

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.

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K20 / K21: Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, 2019. Image courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei

May 18 – September 1, 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.

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K21

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.

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