Cloud & Crystal

Installation view at the K20, photo: Achim Kukulies

"Cloud & Crystal".
The Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Collection

K20 Grabbeplatz
September 24, 2016 – January 08, 2017

With the exhibition "Cloud & Crystal". The Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Collection, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen celebrates the acquisition of the art collection formerly owned by the celebrated Düsseldorf gallerist couple Dorothee and Konrad Fischer.

These works of Conceptual Art and Minimalism represent a decisive complement to the collection of US postwar painting already owned by the Kunstsammlung. In 1967, Konrad Fischer – who had initially been active as an artist – opened a gallery in Düsseldorf‘s historic center together with his wife  Dorothee. He was one of the first European art dealers to take a consistent interest in the latest art of his own time.


Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky, Les Mées, 2016, © Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016,
Courtesy Sprüth Magers

Andreas Gursky
not abstract

July 02 November 06, 2016
K20 Grabbeplatz

The exhibition provides an initial look at new works by the renowned Düsseldorf photoartist, all of them created especially for this project and presented here alongside selected earlier works. In his recent works, Andreas Gursky explores the abstract potential of the photographic medium.


Artist's Rooms

Visitor at the Artist Room by Ibrahim Mahama, photo: Wilfried Meyer

K21 Artist's Rooms

Permanent Presentation
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.


My Phantasies

Rosemarie Trockel, My Phantasy 2, 2011, wool on canvas, acrylic glass, 152,8 x 153, 6 x 5,1 cm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

New Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Videos and Installations at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2009 – 2016

September 11, 2016 – January 15, 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Over the past eight years, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has acquired numerous important works by prominent German and international artists; these paintings, drawings, sculptures, video works, installations, and artists' rooms strengthen existing focuses while also augmenting the collection with new artists, media, themes, and perspectives.


Arpad Dobriban

Arpad Dobriban, WARTESYSTEM 7, 2016, Handstempeldruck auf Papier, Courtesy der Künstler, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Arpad Dobriban -

September 11, 2016 – January 22, 2017
K21 Ständehaus

For a period of four months, the artist Arpad Dobriban (*1957 Komlo, Hungary) will be setting up his workshop in the former Pardo Bar, where he will prepare special dishes for museum visitors. Dobriban’s aim as an artist is to make visible the transformation of various living organisms into palatable food dishes and to allow us to experience the various forms of food processing. Offered in day-to-day operations will be a small selection of simple, regularly alternating culinary offerings.