Bill Viola

Bill Viola, The Quintet of the Astonished, 2000, Color video rear projection on screen mounted on wall in dark room, Projected image size: 4 ft 7 in × 7 ft 10 in (1.4 × 2.4 m); room dimensions variable, 15:20 minutes, Performers: John Malpede, Weba Garretson, Tom Fitzpatrick, John Fleck, Dan Gerrity, Courtesy of Bill Viola Studio, Purchased by Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2004

The Quintet of the Astonished

The changes in the facial expressions and body language of these five people are almost imperceptible. Huddled together in a group, each acts out a succession of strong, contradictory emotions, like sadness, anger, fear, and joy.


James Turrell

James Turrell, Grey Dawn, 1991 / 92 / 2015, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, photo: Achim Kukulies, © artist

Grey Dawn

Grey Dawn is entered through a dark space that serves as a juncture. As our eyes slowly adjust to the darkness in the room, we begin to notice a diffusely glowing field of grey.


Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel, Genter Raum, 1979/80, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, © Imi Knoebel/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Ghent Room

Genter Raum (Ghent Room) is among Imi Knoebel’s key works. Irregular segments of wood are stacked up in groups on the floor, while rectangular panels are arranged into sculptural blocks or hung on the walls like paintings.