1887 – 2058
April 23 – August 07, 2016
In the art of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (born in 1965 in Strasbourg, lives in Paris and Rio de Janeiro), everything revolves around experiences of and reflections on spaces and times. Using often minimal resources, she evokes places, people, and things that exist in one form or another in our collective memory. Her themes may be as diverse as the influence of hippiedom during the 1970s, the film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the urban utopia of Brasilia, King Ludwig II, psychoanalysis, a tropical rainstorm, or the prospects for the year 2066.
Henkel – The Art Collection
Henkel – The Art Collection
April 8 - August 14, 2016
For the very first time, the exhibition Henkel – The Art Collection offers a public viewing of works of art that were expertly assembled by the Düsseldorf patron and collector Gabriele Henkel over a period of decades. The focus of the presentation, on view at the K20, is abstract painting, as exemplified by works of classical European modernism and US-American art.
The Trauma of Painting
05.03. - 03.07.2016
Despite being less known in Germany, the Italian artist Alberto Burri (1915 – 1995) – who created works consisting of industrial materials such as iron, jute, and plastic – was one of the most influential postwar European artists. The retrospective Alberto Burri. The Trauma of Painting was organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York on the occasion of the artist's centenary and will now be displayed at K21. As early as 1966, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen acquired a Sacco by Burri. It is one of the few collections in Germany where his work can be viewed - yet another reason to pay tribute to Burri in a comprehensive way. As the first German museum exhibition on Burri in almost 20 years, this presentation invites viewers to rediscover his distinctive oeuvre.
Wiebke Siem – What Things Dream
February 4 – June 19, 2016
K20 Grabbeplatz, Labor
The sculptress Wiebke Siem investigates artistic modernity by refracting it ironically. Over the past 10 years, she has staged her sculptures in interiors with using items of furniture; more recently, she has constructed figurines from objects of everyday use which she collects in large numbers, processes, and alters formally. Especially for the "Labor" of the K20, this artist – who received the prestigious Goslar Kaiserring in 2014 – has created her latest work What Things Dream, which incorporates the visitor directly into the work.
Tomás Saraceno - in orbit
Extended until presumably June 2016
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.