Picasso –  Painting against time

February 3 - June 10, 2007

Romantic pastorales, disparate couples, nudes, cloak-and-dagger masquerades, self-portraits: these are themes that dominated Pablo Picasso’s art during the late years at Mougins (1960-1972). In this period, a “wild,” restless Picasso – one whose paintings betray an accelerating looseness of painterly execution – is always confronted by a reflective Picasso who narrates in his drawings and graphics with precise draftsmanship and a noticeable delight in detail. This apparent division into painterly and graphic styles is interpreted by Werner Spies, curator of this exhibition, as a sign of panicked fear in the face of the steady elapse of time, as a form of resistance against temporality itself, against ones own inevitable disappearance. For in all of these works, whether executed at the easel or on paper, the artist has invested a certain quantum of time. Sixty paintings, thirty drawings, sixty graphic sheets and several “collapsible sculptures” serve to vividly embody this dialectic.

Gregor Schneider - WEISSE FOLTER

March 17 – July 15, 2007

Visible and invisible, duplicated and doubled, mobile, magic, briefly appearing and vanishing rooms define the oeuvre of Gregor Schneider (*1968 in Mönchengladbach-Rheydt). In 2001 he was awarded with the Golden Lion at the Biennale in Venice for his currently most famous work “Totes Haus u r”. The separate exhibition in Düsseldorf includes works created especially for the show and others dating from the last two years which have never been on display in Germany before. Guided by his desire to study “the unknown” (GS) and to increasingly include public rooms in this quest, the artist has conceived a sequence of corridors and cells in K21’s basement. These areas which resemble intensive and isolated wards conjure up a an separate world without the aid of any illustrations.

Joe Scanlan - Passing Through

May 12, 2007 – October 15, 2008

The American artist Joe Scanlan (born in 1962) has designed the latest long term project for the large, spectacular area beneath K21’s glass cupola. In the centre a ”wandering”, modular pavilion of lightweight construction has been erected. Due to the constant reconstruction of its basic form, this edifice slowly “moves” across the four wings of the building. Inside, works by the artist make up a small retrospective, once again in changing constellations. This pavilion which Scanlan created with two architects, is both a sculpture and a functional container. It can be used not only for exhibiting art but also for other worthwhile purposes in the future. Furthermore, the area at the centre of the glass cupola will be transformed into a kind of daylight cinema for the interplay between sunlight and shadow. This project is a continuation of Scanlan’s research in the interface between art, design, architecture, economics and ecology.

Joe Scanlan’s project came about in cooperation with M:AI, Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

July 14, 2007 – January 6, 2008 

Hiroshi Sugimoto, the Japanese master of photography, combines Far-Eastern traditions with aspects of Western modernism and post-modernism in his artistic approach. Over the past thirty years, the artist created a stylistically and conceptually coherent oeuvre. His work’s beauty and auratic effect result from the strict formal structuring of his pictures and an elaborate developing technique. Since the beginning of the nineties, Sugimoto has been internationally present with exhibitions at important museums. However, so far only excerpts of his oeuvre have been on display in Germany. Now the first comprehensive retrospective has been planned including more than 55 photographies and at least one sculpture which will be shown in settings created by the artist himself. The presentation will include examples from all of the artist’s important series, the Wax Portraits, Dioramas, Theaters, Architectures, Seascapes, Pine Trees, Colors of Shadow, Conceptual Forms and probably also from a new series which has not been shown yet.

Talking Pictures - Theatricality in Contemporary Film and Video Art

August 18 – November 4, 2007

Currently a strong interest in theatrical themes and forms of expression is becoming apparent in contemporary art. In Talking Pictures, K21 has brought together a large array of art works from the last ten years. Scenic images, literary texts and theatrical methods merge into dramatic stagings in these exhibits. Film and video installations displayed in individually designed spatial situations, make up the core of this show. These constructions are more open than the traditional black box format. Further elements such as sculptures, photographs or works on paper will also be on display. In addition to the room-filling, in some cases almost set-like film and video installations, the exhibition will also include examples of video poetry – a field which is becoming increasingly important. Works by Victor Alimpiev, Keren Cytter, Danica Dakic, Yang Fudong, Mathilde ter Heijne, Markus Schinwald, Catherine Sullivan, Ana Torfs, Gillian Wearing and T.J. Wilcox will be shown.

Jeroen de Rijke – Willem de Rooij

December 8, 2007 – April 13, 2008

Jeroen de Rijke (1970-2006) and Willem de Rooij (born 1969) created many highly acclaimed works in the course of the last 10 years. The analysis of the filmic image in its beauty and its critical potential makes up the core of this oeuvre. The both intelligent and visually precise works explore the con-ventions and messages of filmic aesthetics. Furthermore, they draw attention, not only to the underlying, but also to the open tensions caused by globalisation. Apart from presenting an overview of the artists’ previous creations, the exhibition will also allude to a likely con-tinuation after Joroen de Rijke’s untimely death.