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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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: 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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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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Prologue to "museum global": Paul Klee at K20

In 1960, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired 88 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Paul Klee. This purchase represented an act of atonement (Wiedergutmachung) toward an artist who had been dismissed from his professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy by the National Socialists in 1933. This ensemble of works, which forms the foundation of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, founded in 1961, is now the point of departure for a reexamination of its permanent collection: from 1966 until 1985, the Klee pictures travelled the world, and were seen in Jerusalem in 1966, in Prague in 1969, in Rio de Janeiro in 1972, and in New Delhi in 1979, among others. In the context of this tour, the "universal genius" Klee and his works were explicitly designated as message and messengers of the still young Federal Republic of Germany, as strikingly documented through previously unknown archival materials, along with documents from some of the host institutions. The presentation (on display from 13 Oct) is serving as a prologue to the wide-ranging exhibition project "museum global", which opens on November 10, 2018.

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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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