Cao Fei

At the same time, JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is presenting the exhibition "NEW METALLURGISTS"
curated by Cao Fei and Yang Beichen
07.10. 2018 – 28.04.2019

Opening hours
Sundays, 11.00 am – 18.00 pm

Guided tours through both exhibitions (german language)
07.10, 04.11., 02.12., 16.12., 06.01.2019
The tours start at 1 am at the Julia Stoschek Collection –
and continue at 3 pm at K21/Ständehausstraße 1. It is possible to join either one single guided tour or both of them, however the registration has to be made at both museums.

Visitors service
Tel.: 0211.83 81-204
Fax: 0211.83 81-209


This guide offers a detailed information about the artworks of Cao Fei. It is available as an app to download for free. In addition, there are tablets for rent at the counter of K21.

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Cao Fei

In addition to the exhibition, the first major catalogue of Cao Fei has been published. Apart from imagery you will find contributions by the editors, curators and Cao Fei, Philip Tinari, Lauren Cornell as well as Klaus Biesenbach.

German/Englisch, Hirmer Verlag München, 206 S., Preis: 28,00 Euro


Cao Fei        

06 October 2018 – 13 January 2019
K21 Ständehaus

The Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) is regarded as a pioneer of a generation of artists, for whose members digital media and network technology are simply aspects of everyday life. This Beijing-based artist elaborates her multifaceted artistic oeuvre through an imperative confrontation with the latest medial innovations. Soon, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will be presenting the first major solo exhibition in Germany of Cao Fei's works. This survey, which will be on view at the K21, will encompass her artistic production between 1995 and 2017, and will include videos, photographs, and multimedia installations, as well as drawings which have not been shown publicly previously.

Cao Fei's works reflect extensively upon the societal and urban situation of contemporary China, characterized by processes of massive transformation. Working along the boundary between fiction and reality, she draws inspiration also from her immediate milieu. Her projects – which exploit a film and television aesthetic that has been disseminated globally – are readily and widely accessible. The local phenomena observed by Cao Fei generate an awareness of the kind of situations that are occurring in our urbanized global environment. Many of her works pose questions such as: How do we experience our own lives? What are our expectations of the future? In which direction is society – and with it our megacities – developing today?

The major film "Haze and Fog" (2013) will be screened in the exhibition. Shot in the artist's block of flats, the film uses artificial lighting to convey the inner emptiness of the people who live here and their alienation from the city. In the documentary installation "Nation.Father" (2005-2008), Cao Fei offers insights that are both personal as well as political.

For each project, Cao Fei invents a new and compelling visual idiom. The media deployed by this artist consistently belong to the technological avant-garde. With works like "RMB City" (2007-2011), created using the virtual-reality platform Second Life, she functions as a chronicler of the evolving influence of digital resources.


Curated by Klaus Biesenbach for MoMA PS1, New York, und in cooperation with the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf/Berlin

With kindest support by Konfuzius-Institut.