Configured as a sequence of spaces, environments, passageways, and films, the exhibition "Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster 1887 – 2058" is a genuine "time machine" that transports us simultaneously into the past and the future. At the K20, approximately 30 richly associative works invite visitors to engage with highly diverse situations, spaces, and personalities. In the works of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, who was born in Strasburg in 1965, everything revolves around experiences of and reflections on spaces and times. The exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen was organized jointly with the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The largest retrospective on this artist to date, with elaborately coordinated and interrelated installations in two different exhibition halls, the exhibition offers an overview of this French artist’s oeuvre over the past 25 years.
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 from April 8 to August 14, 2016, is abstract painting, as exemplified by works of classical European modernism and USAmerican art. For the show, Gabriele Henkel has selected works by Robert Delaunay, Amédée Ozenfant, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Heilmann, and Frank Stella, as well as by German artists such as Gerhard Richter, Konrad Klapheck, and Imi Knoebel.
Alberto Burri's biography reflects the trauma of the Italy after Fascism and the turbulent, dramatic course of the 20th century. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Burri's experiences as a military physician and as an American prisoner of war transformed him into a powerful autodidactic artist whose work bears witness to acts of destruction and repair. With his instantly recognizable paintings constructed from materials such as iron, burlap, and plastic, the Italian Alberto Burri (1915–1995) was among the most influential artists of the postwar era. In Germany, however, his work has remained largely unknown. In cooperation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf hosts the comprehensive retrospective "Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting", on view beginning March 5 (until July 3, 2016). Containing approximately 70 works, this presentation at the K21 is the sole European location following the exhibition’s original appearance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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. For this installation, Siem (who was born in Kiel in 1954) spent months assembling wooden objects old and new. These simple household intensities utensils are known to all of us from family life or through daily use: basins, old washboards, walking sticks, spoons, shoe lasts.
New Artist's Rooms at K21
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 year will begin with Diango Hernández and Ibrahim Mahama, along with Bertold Stallmach / Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani. The artist’s rooms of the K21 will receive generous support from the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales of the Sparda-Bank West.
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.