Exhibition by Lutz Bacher at K21

The US-American artist Lutz Bacher – who has concealed her identity beneath a masculine pseudonym throughout her career – works conceptually in a range of media. A longtime resident of California who now lives in New York, the artist has based her work since the 1970s on found objects and image material from popular culture. Advertising photographs, excerpts from pornographic magazines, and unedited cell phone videos are incorporated into her works along with discarded objects from the world of consumerism. The exhibition "What's Love Got to Do With It" at K21 will be on view until 6 January at the "Bel Etage".

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Preview: Cao Fei at K21 from 6 Oct

The Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) is regarded as a pioneer of a generation of artists, for whose members digital media and network technology are simply aspects of everyday life. This Beijing-based artist elaborates her multifaceted artistic oeuvre through an imperative confrontation with the latest medial innovations. Soon, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will be presenting the first major solo exhibition in Germany of Cao Fei's works. This survey, which will be on view at the K21, will encompass her artistic production between 1995 and 2017, and will include videos, photographs, and multimedia installations, as well as drawings which have not been shown publicly previously.

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Re-arrangement works at K20 Collection rooms

In preparation of the exhibition "Museum Global", the collection rooms at the K20 will be under construction from 8 August on. Please note that the collection of US-american art after 1945 will not be on display. Further partial closures will follow. Visitors can discover works by surrealist artists a.o. Max Ernst and René Magritte, painting of the 20th century by Picasso, Miró, Matisse and Mondrian as well as selected pieces by Paul Klee and Joseph Beuys. The admission is reduced.

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K21 Re-Opening on 6 Sept, 2018

On September 6 the now renovated K21 will reopen as the museum of contemporary art of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. The presentation of the permanent collection in the 2nd and 3rd stories will feature works from the late 1980s onward (Marina Abramovi?, Paul McCarthy, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Maria Lassnig, Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, Wael Shawky, Ana Torfs, Akram Zaatari and many others). Following comprehensive restoration, Reinhard Mucha’s pivotal work "Das Deutschlandgerät" (The Germany Device) will be on view again, while the bel etage will be the setting for an exhibition devoted to the mysterious US-American artist Lutz Bacher. The 1rst upper storey will become a public space dedicated to immersion and exchange. Among other things, the Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Archive will be installed here on a permanent basis. Still in place below the cupola is Tomás Saraceno’s installation work "in orbit". Currently underway in the lower level are preparations for a major exhibition devoted to Cao Fei, which will open on October 5.

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

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