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 until the end of the year 2015. Please note that installation will be closed for visitors due to technical maintenance work from until 26 May, 2015!
Famous for his enigmatic symbols, dancing celestial bodies, and playful figures, Joan Miró (1893—1983) is among the most inventive and beloved artists of the 20th century. Under the surface, Miró’s seemingly lightheartedness image world conceals intensive reflections on painting and its possibilities. To date, little is known about Miró’s lifelong interest in literature and poetry or his friendships with major authors of this time. For the first time ever, the exhibition "Miró. Painting as Poetry", organized in collaboration with the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, illuminates Miró’s relationship to poetry in a comprehensive way. The exhibition will be shown from 13 June, 2015, at K20 Grabbeplatz.
Due to maintenance works and rearrangement, the collection of the European Art after 1950 will not be on display until 12 June, 2015. The collections of American art after 1945 and Modern Art from Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein, from Jackson Pollock to Robert Rauschenberg will still be displayed – with free admission. Our collection of classical modernists from Braque, Picasso, Beckmann, Kandinsky or Mondrian will be displayed from 12 June onwards on the second floor in our galleries at K20 Grabbeplatz.
Imi Knoebel (born in 1940) is one of the most important contemporary abstract artists internationally. Since the 1960s, this Düsseldorf-based artist has continuously developed his emphatically minimalist oeuvre. Beginning in 1964, when he was a student of Joseph Beuys, his analytical work series have reflected a growing concern with the interplay of color and form. This was foundational for his meanwhile long-term preoccupation with the works of the Russian Suprematist Kazimir Malevich. In particular Malevich’s celebrated Black Square – first exhibited in 1915 and regarded as the embodiment of a zero state of painting – has proven a productive point of departure for Knoebel’s own approaches. On view in the Bel Etage of the K21 will be Knoebel’s new wall and three-dimensional pieces alongside Suprematist works by Malevich.
In winter of 2015, the Futur 3 program forges ahead. At 7 pm on Thursday evenings (except holidays), international guests explore questions concerning the future - of the museum, the city, society, art, and science - in varoius constellations and with differing thematic emphases. To an increasing degree, this »approach to an unknown future« will now be oriented toward a globalizing world. Launched in September 2014 at the Schmela Haus will be the Curator in Residence Program, developed in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. Twice yearly, a non-European (artist-) curator from outside of Europe will be invited to spend three months living and working here, engaging in dialogue and contributing to and shaping the program at the Schmela Haus.
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.