The sculptress Wiebke Siem investigates artistic modernity by refracting it ironically. Over the past 10 years, she has staged her sculptures in interiors with using items of furniture; more recently, she has constructed figurines from objects of everyday use which she collects in large numbers, processes, and alters formally. Especially for the "Labor" of the K20, this artist – who received the prestigious Goslar Kaiserring in 2014 – has created her latest work "What Things Dream", which incorporates the visitor directly into the work. For this installation, Siem (who was born in Kiel in 1954) spent months assembling wooden objects old and new. These simple household intensities utensils are known to all of us from family life or through daily use: basins, old washboards, walking sticks, spoons, shoe lasts.
On the occasion of the exhibition "Agnes Martin" in K20 the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen organizes a two-day conference in cooperation with The Hochschule für Künste, Bremen. The primary focus of this international symposium is on Martin’s artistic achievement and personality, with additional emphases on her relations with artistic contemporaries and the aesthetic debates of the period. Also discussed will be Martin’s texts, many inspired by English Romanticism or Asian philosophy, transcultural references, and finally the central question of the viewer’s response to her work, whether earlier or in the present day. In contrast to some of the Abstract Expressionists, Martin was unconcerned with effects of overwhelming sublimity; her works — with their understated tenor and heightened openness — embody different strategies for making perception experientially available. Martin believed that it was above all self-reflection that served as the generative impulse toward social transformation. Registration and Information: Visitor Services at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Tel. +49 (0) 211.83 81-204
Rodin’s famous bronze sculpture The Thinker, standing in front of the Cleveland Museum; exotic Hollywood Juniper trees in the urban milieu of Los Angeles, blown by the wind; fireworks above Berlin‘s Olympiastadion; a bare oak tree caught in the search-light of a helicopter – these nocturnal outdoor shots from the film "Nightlife" (2015) feature places that are devoid of people, yet teeming with life. This cinematic composition is a continuation and crowning conclusion of a solo exhibition by the French artist Cyprien Gaillard currently on view at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (until 31 July, 2016).
After maintenance works and rearrangement, the collection rooms at K20 are now opened again to the public. Also the Lokal Lieshout, the museum's café at 2nd floor, will be available from the beginning of february. The collection rooms with works from the Modern Art to the American Art after 1945 show include pieces by "Der Blaue Reiter" as well as Paul Klee, the Surrealists, Minimal Art, Joseph Beuys and many more.
With the first retrospective devoted to Agnes Martin (1912 - 2004) to take place after her death, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents an overview of the lifework of an extraordinary American artist. Approximately 140 paintings, drawings, and print works spanning six decades trace Martin's artistic evolution from the early paintings to the experimental works and assemblages produced in New York during the 1950s, and finally to the ripe late works. This international touring exhibition, whose only station on the European continent at K20 (until 6 March, 2016), was organized by the Tate Modern in London in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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 will be extended prosumably until June 2016.
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.