museum global

Lasar Segall, Encontro, ca. 1924, Acervo Museu Lasar Segall – IBRAM/MinC, © Museu Lasar Segall

Research project (since 2015)

The project museum global is a research project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Chair of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University, with scientific advice by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja.


The research project has been initialized and is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation.

Further Information

Federal Cultural Foundation
(Kulturstiftung des Bundes)



museum global
Microhistories of an Ex-centric

10 November, 2018 –10 March, 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz

With a point of departure in a critical engagement with our own collection, museum global – a research and exhibition project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon.

With microhistories from Japan, Brazil, Mexico, China, India, Lebanon, or Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just a Eurocentric version of art history, but our own perspectives as well. Via a lively forum, the museum is opening itself up toward urban society and initiating a discussion involving diverse communities, art, scholarship, and research.


The exhibition is curated by:

Kathrin Beßen, Susanne Gaensheimer, Doris Krystof, Nóra Lukács (freelancing), Isabelle Malz, Maria Müller-Schareck und Melanie Vietmeier (freelancing)

In collaboration with: Janine Blöß (freelancing), Julia Hagenberg, Sarah Schmeller, Peter Schüller, Agnieszka Skolimowska, Linda Walther, Thelma Marimba Williamson