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.
Avant-Garde in Motion
September 07, 2013 - January 12, 2014
From September 2013, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf will stage a comprehensive exhibition on the work of Alexander Calder, one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. It is the first time in two decades that the Kunstsammlung has put on a large-scale exhibition by this important sculptor, who shaped art history with his sensual and poetic sculptures. The focus for the selected works will be the 1930s and 40s and will concentrate on Calder's development of abstract sculptures moved by air currents, the mobiles. During this period, the artist experimented with various artistic directions. His works fell into the gap between Piet Mondrian’s geometric images and the playful abstract work of Joan Miró and Hans Arp.
Zilvinas Kempinas: DARKROOM
September 05, 2013 – January 12, 2014
K20 GRABBEPLATZ (Labor)
Especially for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kempinas has created a new installation that allows objects and structures – now bathed in red light – to appear as images in the darkroom of an old photographer. This association alludes to a condition that is suspended between dissolution in light and materialization at a secret location. The clarity of these forms, assembled from aluminum and video strips, also evoke experiences of irritation or confusion.
Tomás Saraceno - in orbit
From June 22, 2013 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.