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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"Ed Atkins. Ye Olde Food" at K21

The British artist Ed Atkins (*1982, Oxford) is considered as a pioneer among a younger generation of artists whose members reflect upon the far-reaching transformations of everyday reality effected by the rapid development of digital media. Atkins became known in particular for a series of computer-animated videos through which he interrogates the promise, potential, and ideologies of the technologies he employs. A crucial point of departure for his projects is the capacity of digital image production to reproduce the material world realistically in a radically dematerialized fashion.

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Preview: "Best Friends" at K20

Since 1969, the Gesellschaft der Freunde (Association of Friends) of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. has been an invaluable and reliable supporter of the museum. Through purchases, the Freundeskreis has expanded the collection, and has assisted with the financing of exhibitions. By covering the greater portion of the building costs, the Freundeskreis has made possible extension structures such as the Klee Halle and the Henkel Galerie, of such enormous importance to the Kunstsammlung. For a half century now, the museum and the Freundeskreis have been "Best Friends." This presentation will be on view from June 5 until July 7, 2019, at K20.

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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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