Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80, July 24, 1979-June 26, 1980. Citywide performance with 8,500 Sanitation workers across all fifty-nine New York City Sanitation districts, November 20, 1979, Sweep 4, end of day in Artist's office, DSNY, photo: Robi Kahn
© Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York

Opening of the Exhibition

January 17, 2020
7 pm

Susanne Gaensheimer
Ursula Wißborn
Isabelle Malz

Admission free.


Hanne Darboven "Opus 1-4" and "24 Songs, Opus 14a"
organ concert by Alexander Moosbrugger
January 19, 6 pm
Venue: Johanneskirche, Martin-Luther-Platz 39, 40212 Düsseldorf
Admission free, limited seats, without registration

Reading Group
February 2, March 3, April 5 and 26, 2020
2-4 pm

Here texts by the artists (in English language) will be read and discussed, which form an important part of their artistic practice. The texts deal with topics such as conceptual art, feminism and strike, and the contradictions of the art business.

No registration required,
participation in individual dates possible.

Please find the extended program in our calender.




Eleanor Antin, Lee Lozano, Adrian Piper, Mierle Laderman Ukeles

January 18 — May 17, 2020

The exhibition on the Bel Etage and the Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Archive shows works by four first generation conceptual artists: Eleanor Antin (*1935), Lee Lozano (1930–1999), Adrian Piper (*1948) and Mierle Laderman Ukeles (*1939). In their work, they continue to negotiate relevant socio-political and feminist issues such as institutional critique, racism, identity and gender politics, but also ecological activist concerns.

The starting point for the presentation is a series of rarely or never shown documents from the Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Archive, which document Fischer's contacts with female conceptual artists of the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, they hardly played a role in his programme, although the influential gallery owner was instrumental in establishing Conceptual Art.

Under the slogan I’M NOT A NICE GIRL!, four combative and innovative conceptual artists will be introduced. A critical reading of the archive material reveals structural mechanisms of discrimination
within our society, as well as questions about hidden narratives in art history.

The artist Katrin Mayer (*1974) was invited to develop a display for the exhibition's archives, rooms, and publication from a feminist perspective.

The exhibitions on the Bel Etage are sponsored by:
Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West