With the first retrospective devoted to Agnes Martin (1912 - 2004) to take place after her death, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents an overview of the lifework of an extraordinary American artist. Approximately 140 paintings, drawings, and print works spanning six decades trace Martin's artistic evolution from the early paintings to the experimental works and assemblages produced in New York during the 1950s, and finally to the ripe late works. This international touring exhibition, whose only station on the European continent at K20 (until 6 March, 2016), was organized by the Tate Modern in London in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The exhibition THE PROBLEM OF GOD at K21 (26 Sept, 2015 - 24 Jan, 2016) documents the ways in which the Christian image tradition has continued to evolve in secular contexts as a universal cultural heritage - and independently of specifically religious references. A striking number of works resist simple readings. Instead, they deploy complex narratives and images in an attempt to come to terms in subtle ways with Christian motifs, themes, or issues. The presentation, then, is not devoted to sacred art, nor to religiosity in general. The focus is on works that to be sure reference Christian symbols or thematic fields, but at the same time reflect upon and transform them critically while transferring them to new contexts, both in terms of content and visual aesthetics.
Due to essantial maintenance works and rearrangement, the collection rooms at K20 are closed at the moment. Also the Lokal Lieshout, the museum's café at 2nd floor, will be closed temporarily.
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. The installation will be extended prosumably until June 2016.
A new project was launched with #32 by Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in February 2014: A digital magazine, and ambitious platform for art, culture, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Found in #32 starting will be texts, interviews, essays, photos, and videos on themes related to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – and beyond. “making of” provides readers with glimpses behind the scenes of our exhibitions and projects. “artists, live” is devoted to our creative personalities. But we are also on the move internationally for our readers: in “worldwide,” we visit museums and artists around the world. The section entitled “scouting” offers enthralling insights into the national and international art scenes. The website is avalaible in English language.