Live installation by Maria Hassabi at the K20 starts 8 December

The compelling performances and live installations of the New York based artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi (born in Cyprus in 1973) are austerely composed choreographies which involve the unfolding of decelerated movement in space. Her works, which have been featured internationally in museums, at festivals, in galleries, in theaters and public spaces, explore the intricate relationship between body and image, using extended duration and precise micro-movements to develop a radical sculptural corporeality. Here, the transitions between the slowly enacted movements of the dancers, and the time intervals that separate moments of prolonged stillness, emerge as the actual space of experience. For the monumental space of the Grabbe Halle at the K20, Maria Hassabi will present STAGING: Solo #2, which reimagines and adapts her multi-sited installation STAGING (2017). STAGING was previously exhibited at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and in documenta 14, Kassel. The opening will be on 8 Dezember (7 p.m.) with an artist's talk with Maria Hassabi.

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"Carmen Herrera – Lines of Sight" on display at K20

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 72 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" (until 8 April, 2017) 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.

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K21: Akram Zaatari on view from 18 Nov.

Photographic objects have been the centre of Akram Zaatari’s (born in Saida/Lebanon in 1966, lives and works in Beirut) artistic practice since 1995. Photographic formations or emergences, as he calls them, are the focus of this exhibition: enigmatic objects that bear traces of past events and accompany people through key moments in their lives. Cherished at times, destroyed at others, photographs are capable of provoking diverse and extreme reactions. Initially, capturing instances, they change over time. The perception of an image changes, but sometimes the physicality of the object itself is also altered as a result of its contact with the natural, social and political environment. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (1997 in Beirut) and as principle contributor to its expanding collection, Zaatari’s oeuvre represents an uncompromising contribution to the discourse on photography and its changing function over the years.

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"in orbit": installation by Tomás Saraceno at K21

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. Actual information: "opening hours" on this site and Visitor's information via phone +49 (0)211. 83 81-204.

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Artist's Rooms at K21 with new installations

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. The new installations, which will be on view throughout 2017, will emphasize quasi-theatrical staging and architectural extensions of the surrounding space. The K21 Künstlerräume are sponsored by the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West since 2016.

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#32: A digital magazine

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.

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