Preview: museum global starts on 10 Nov at K20

Starting from a critical engagement with our own collection, the exhibition "museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism" at K20 focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon. With microhistories from Japan, Georgia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Lebanon, and Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just an Eurocentric version of art history, but its own perspectives as well. OPEN SPACE, configured together with raumlaborberlin, will accompany the exhibition. It comprises a stage, a café, a study center and a workshop for silkscreen printing to encourage and inspire encounters and discussions. With an additional entrance, the museum for the first time opens up to the Grabbeplatz and the vibes of the city. The research project has been initialized and is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation. It is under the patronage of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Save the Date: Opening on 9 November, 2018 at 7. p.m.

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Cao Fei at K21

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 (until 13 January) 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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Alfred Schmela: A Centenary Exhibition

On November 23, 2018, the famous Düsseldorf galerist Alfred Schmela would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Kunstsammlung is organizing an exhibition (24 November, 2018 – 20 January, 2019. Free admission) that illustrates the widely ramified network of this pioneer of the art scene in the Rhineland. The setting for the exhibition, assembled by Schmela's granddaughter, the curator Lena Brüning, is Schmela's architectonically incisive gallery building, located in Düsseldorf’s old town. The opening will be on 23 November at 7 p.m.

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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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"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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