With the exhibition "Cloud & Crystal. The Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Collection" (K20, 24 Sept, 2016 - 8 Jan, 2017), the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen celebrates the acquisition of the art collection formerly owned by the famous Düsseldorf gallerist couple Dorothee and Konrad Fischer. These works of Conceptual Art and Minimalism represent a decisive complement to the collection of US postwar painting already owned by the Kunstsammlung. Konrad Fischer emblematizes the international breakthrough of these advanced artistic tendencies like virtually no other figure. Beginning in the 1960s, his gallery became a meeting point for artists and collectors and catapulted Düsseldorf to the Mount Olympus of the contemporary avant-garde.
With Futur 3, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen invites everyone with an interest in art and culture to engage in dialogue, debate, and discussion. At 7 PM on Thursday evenings, international guests explore questions concerning the future – of the museum, the city, society, art, and science – in various constellations and with differing thematic emphases. The theme of globalization and the arts stands at the center of Futur 3 events. With support from the Federal Cultural Foundation, the three-year research project "museum global," designed to critically interrogate the Western idea of the "museum of modern art," highlights other possible narratives of modernism, and brings international guests to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Due to the necessity for unexpected renovation work on the wastewater system, the F3 program is going ON TOUR during fall/winter 2016, and will not be hosted at the Schmela Haus, but at other venues (see program).
Over the past eight years, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has acquired numerous important works by prominent German and international artists; these paintings, drawings, sculptures, video works, installations, and artists' rooms strengthen existing focuses while also augmenting the collection with new artists, media, themes, and perspectives. Unter the title "My Phantasies", a selection of acquisitions during the tenure of Marion Ackermann (2009 to 2016), the departing director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, will be shown from September 11, 2016 to January 22, 2017, at the K21 Ständehaus.
Unter the title "Waiting System 7", the artist Arpad Dobriban will be setting up his workshop from September 11, 2016 to January 22, 2017 in the former Pardo Bar (K21 Ständehaus), where he will prepare special dishes for museum visitors. Dobriban’s aim as an artist is to make visible the transformation of various living organisms into palatable food dishes and to allow us to experience the various forms of food processing. Offered in day-to-day operations will be a small selection of simple, regularly alternating culinary offerings.
The exhibition "Andreas Gursky – not abstract" provides an initial look at new works by the renowned Düsseldorf photoartist, all of them created especially for this project and presented here alongside selected earlier works. In his recent works, Andreas Gursky explores the abstract potential of the photographic medium. From early in his career, abstraction has served Gursky as a resource for compositional freedom, and in his view, establishes the closest possible proximity between painting and photography. Nevertheless, explains the artist, photography is never completely abstract: it is always bound up with the object. Accompanying the photographic works is a minimalist sound installation by the Canadian producer and DJ Richie Hawtin (until: 6 Nov, 2016)
"in orbit" at K21: closed to the public from 1st July
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 was extended until June 2016, it is now closed to the public.
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.
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.