Ai Weiwei at K20 and K21

"Everything is art. Everything is politics": with these words, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Ai Weiwei encapsulates the basic principle of his working approach. This motto is also the leitmotif of his largest exhibition in Europe to date, which is on view simultaneously at the K20 and the K21 of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen until 1 September.

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Banu Cennetoğlu at K21

Starting on July 6, the Kunstsammlung will present the work of artist Banu Cennetoğlu at K21. The Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu deals with the political, social, and media conditions of contemporary information societies. Her conceptual works question the relationship between the private and the public spheres, as well as the difference between unfiltered information on the one hand and edited news on the other. Every day, decisions are made as to what is published when, how, and in what form, what information becomes news, and what social status the private sphere has. Banu Cennetoğluu points out in each of her works that these are political decisions, regardless of whether they concern the private or the public sphere.

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Ai Weiwei: extended opening hours

During the exhibition's final week (August 27–September 1, 2019), the museum will extend its hours. Both venues will remain open to visitors until 8 pm every day. To meet the extraordinary demand, the museum has significantly increased the number of public guided tours (in German language) of "Ai Weiwei." We are also pleased to offer individual guided tours upon request. Please contact service@kunstsammlung.de for more information.

Visitors of "Ai Weiwei" at K21, photo: Andreas Endermann
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Collection of contemporary art at K21

The K21 is 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 Abramovic, Paul McCarthy, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Maria Lassnig, Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, Wael Shawky, Ana Torfs, Akram Zaatari and many others).

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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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Exhibition Catalog "Ai Weiwei"

Accompanying the exhibition of Ai Weiwei is an extensive catalog whose five chapters offer insights into the production and genesis of Ai Weiwei’s oeuvre over the past four decades. Alongside a recent interview conducted by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the essays address issues such as the “Aesthetics of Quantity” (Falk Wolf), the “boxed part of the unboxed exhibition,” the installation “Straight” (Rembert Hüser), and issues of identity and self-staging in the work of Ai Weiwei (Doris Krystof). Editors: Susanne Gaensheimer, Doris Krystof, Falk Wolf Prestel Verlag München. London. New York, gatefold paperback, 256 pages, 20 x 28 cm, 230 color illustrations. With contributions by Rembert Hüser, Doris Krystof, Friederike Sigler, Linda Walther, and Falk Wolf and an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

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On Display: Collection at K20

After renovation, the permanent collection on the upper floor is now opened. The "Robert Rademacher Galerie" is presenting american art after 1945 as well as works by Gerhard Richter and Katharina Sieverding and new acquisitions such as Carmen Herrera. On the 2nd floor, masterpieces of classical modern art as well as new acquisitions will be on display.

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