Otto Dix (1891 - 1969) – the celebrated painter and notorious enfant terrible – spent the intensively creative years 1922 - 1925 in Düsseldorf. During this period, as a member of the revolutionary artist’s group Das Junge Rheinland (Young Rhineland), he developed the critical handwriting that made him an unmistakable figure within 20th century art. The exhibition "Otto Dix – The Evil Eye" is devoted to this decisive phase of his career. On view will be approximately 200 paintings, watercolors, and prints from German and international collections. The exhibition will be extended until 28 May, 2017.
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.
Suspended at a height of more than 25 m above the piazza of K21 is the enormous installation "in orbit", a work by the artist Tomás Saraceno. The installation appears as a surreal landscape, and is reminiscent of a sea of clouds or floating planetary bodies. The physically accessible work is constructed of virtually transparent steel mesh that interlaces three levels spanning the massive glass dome. Five air-filled "spheres" are positioned within the net structure that encompasses an area of 2500 m².
"Marcel Broodthaers. A retrospective" presents an overview of the oeuvre of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976), who formulated a critical and idiosyncratic position within the milieu of Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. Within a short time, Broodthaers received emphatic acclaim on the avant-garde art scene with the institution-critical, installation, and cinematographic works that have established him as a figure of fundamental importance for the visual art in the 20th and early 21st centuries. Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.
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.