Anni Albers at K20

The exhibition "Anni Albers" showcases a remarkable artist who created her formidable and multifaceted oeuvre mainly at the weaving loom. Anni Albers (1899–1994) studied during the 1920s at the innovative Bauhaus School in Weimar and Dessau, whose teachers included Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, along with her husband Josef Albers. After emigrating to the United States, she taught at Black Mountain College, a unique place of learning where artistic and scientific disciplines reinforced one another. The exhibition is being organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London.


Raqs Media Collective at K21

The investigation of time, language, and history is central to the artistic activities of the Raqs Media Collective. Founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi (b. 1966), Monica Narula (b. 1969) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (b. 1968), Raqs practices at the intersection of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, and theory, while taking into account social and political conditions in a global context. The point of departure for this exhibition is Raqs’s continual fascination with time, a topic that has preoccupied the members of the group intensively ever since they began working together.


Douglas Gordon at K20: "k.364"

The internationally acclaimed Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (*1966) presents his striking, largescale video installation "k.364", 2010 in the Grabbe Halle of the K20. In this 50-minute work, which is projected onto a pair of two-sided screens, the artist follows two Israeli musicians of Polish-Jewish heritage on their journey by train from Berlin to Warsaw, where they are scheduled to perform Mozart’s "Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E flat Major, KV 364" in the National Philharmonic. The installation will be on display until 19 August, 2018. Free Admission!


"in orbit": installation by Tomás Saraceno

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. Please note, that the installation may be closed for visitors temporarily due to maintenance works. Current information: "opening hours" on this site and Visitor's information via phone +49 (0)211. 83 81-204.

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit, K21 Ständehaus, Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno © 2013

Contemporary Art at K21

Since 2010, the K21 has served as a forum for international artists and a venue for contemporary works from the collection. Intensive encounters with space-specificart are offered by 22 continuously changing rooms which are distributed throughout three levels. Selected contemporary artists are invited to show projects for a period of one year, thereby entering into a dialogue with the architecture and with works from the permanent collection.

Ulla von Brandenburg, Two Times Seven, 2017, Installation view at K21 Ständehaus, photo: Achim Kukulies