Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera, Red with White Triangle, 1961, 121,9 x 167,6 cm, Private Collection, New York, © Carmen Herrera

Lines of Sight

02 December 2017 – 08 April 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents the largest exhibition to date devoted to the Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, featuring works drawn from a span of 70 years. Herrera is among the pioneers of geometric abstraction in the United States. This wide-ranging presentation includes circa 70 works and involves paintings, works on paper, and sculptures produced between 1947 and 2017. Herrera – who is now 102 years old – was long ignored by the art world: she sold her first picture at the age of 89. Up to the present, this New York-based artist continues to create powerful, eye-catching works.

Carmen Herrera – Lines of Sight was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The Düsseldorf venue is organized in a cooperation between the Whitney Museum and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.


Tomás Saraceno

Installation "Tomás Saraceno - in orbit", K21 Ständehaus, photo: Studio Saraceno, © Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit

Permanent installation
K21 Ständehaus

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.


Artist's Rooms

Alexandra Bircken, Parallelgesellschaften, 2016, Courtesy Alexandra Bircken, BQ, Berlin & Herald St., London, Foto: Achim Kukulies

K21 Artist's Rooms

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018
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.


»Open for Construction«

Installation view: Achim Kukulies

The Renegotiation of an Art Collection

January 2017 – August 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz, Labor

The »Open for Construction« project lets visitors and people interested in the museum engage with modernist artworks and explore the art historical canon. As focus groups, they can work within the exhibition architecture especially designed for this purpose and develop their own ways of accessing the works they have selected from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen’s collection and from outside the Western canon. A series of workshops provides them with the opportunity to study and comment on artistic content as well as forms of presentation and mediation. In the end, they present their perspectives to the museum and the public in the form of an exhibition promoting further discussion.