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.
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.