Blinde wehrt Euch - Works from the Speck Collection 

Gibt's mich wirklich - Four rooms from the Schürmann Collection

September 13, 2003 - May 1, 2005

"Blinde wehrt Euch" is the continuation of a cooperation started at the beginnings of K21 between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the collector of contemporary art Reiner Speck. A further part of his rich holdings will be exhibited in four galleries. This time, the selection concentrates on recent works from Sigmar Polke as well as from the eighties and nineties with artists such as Raymond Pettibon, Rosemarie Trockel and Georg Herold. The exhibition "Gibt's mich wirklich" was created as a continuation to the already established collaboration between K21 and the collectors of contemporary art Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann. The rich stock of works by Martin Kippenberger forms the focus of the presentation from this very contemporary collection and is complemented by works from artists such as Michael Kunze, John Miller and Ivan Morley among others.

Rebecca Horn


Drawings, sculptures, installations 1964 – 2004

October 2, 2004 - January 9, 2005

Rebecca Horn – an internationally renowned artist and recipient of numerous awards – is widely known for her mechanical objects and mobile sculptures, her installations and architecturally orientated works, all of them striking for their rich inventiveness and high quality. Also greatly acclaimed are Horn’s films, which cover a broad spectrum, ranging from the experimental to the narrative, and brilliantly annexing the poetic to the surreal while drawing shocking effects from the plausible and the commonplace.

Luc Tuymans

October 16, 2004 - January 16, 2005

During the past 15 years, Luc Tuymans (b. 1958 near Antwerp, Belgium) has made a considerable contribution towards revitalizing painting. Today he is one of the most well known painters of his generation in the world; his works have been shown in many countries in Europe and in North America as well. The exhibition, compiled in partnership with the Tate Modern in London, represents the first attempt to provide a broad overview of Tuymans’ work, dating back to around 1985. The show will feature approx. 75 paintings from all of the important groups of work.

Gerhard Richter

February 12 - May 16, 2005

In recent decades, Gerhard Richter – who was born in Dresden in 1932, and is one of the most important artists of our time – has produced a wideranging and complex oeuvre. Richter’s painterly production encompasses both representational motifs and completely abstract images; gesticulative and intuitive works alternate with those purged of all emotion. Alongside work in various media, from overpaintings, Vermalungen, Verwischungen (based on blurring or smearing), to photography and graphics, Richter also produces sculpture.

Darren Almond

February 26 - May 29, 2005

The exhibition in K21 is Darren Almond's first museum exhibition in Germany and, with about 15 works and series, provides an overview of his oeuvre from the past eight years. Alongside several groups of 'Full Moon Photographs' (long exposure photographs taken in the open air), kinetic sculptures will be displayed, along with clocks and fans, a complete bus stop and new video films. The main themes of the British artist Darren Almond, born in 1971, are time and geography. In drawings, sculptures, photographs and films, he traces the phenomena of passing and past time. He is interested both in the natural and poetic dimensions of time and its socio-historical dimensions.

Yoshitomo Nara und Hiroshi Sugito

Over the Rainbow

March 12 - May 29, 2005

The exhibition Over the Rainbow includes 35 paintings and drawings by the Japanese artist friends Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito. The focus is on works produced in the summer of 2004 when the two artists were staying in Vienna. The exhibition installation, conceived by Nara and Sugito, is based around works produced individually and those painted by both artists working together. The paintings of childlike figures in the tradition of the popular Manga comics, stand side by side with the quite tones of Sugito's subtle paintings of space and landscape: Zen meets pop.

Bernhard Heisig

Rage of Pictures 

June 11 - September  25, 2005

Sixty years after the end of World War II, and on the occasion of Bernhard Heisig’s 80th birthday, approximately 70 paintings and 60 drawings and graphic works by this major artist – reflecting a spectrum of experiences spanning ca. 50 years are going on public view. Suggestively and with sovereignty, his oeuvre thematizes the trauma of German Fascism. Familiarly, Heisig is a prominent member alongside Wolfgang Mattheuer and Werner Tübke of the school of Leipzig painters, which elaborated a viable alternative to the aesthetic doctrines of the GDR while earning substantial international acclaim.

Collection 2005

Eröffnung: 2. Juli 2005
K21 Ständehaus

Three years after its opening, K21 is rearranging its display collection to give a different and greater insight into art from 1980. The external occasion of this is the acquisition of the Ackermans Collection by the region of Nordrhein-Westfalen in mid-2004. As a result, the young museum has access not only to its basic existing collection, but to an extensive and high-quality holding of contemporary art, centred around sculpture and installation, photography and video art. The focus is on works by younger artists who made their first appearance in the 80s an 90s. This core stock is complemented by some works by artists from the older generation. The central artistic personalities, represented by a number of works some of which penetrate the space, include Katharina Fritsch, Georg Herold, Jannis Kounellis and Nam June Paik. There are also major individual works by artists such as Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Andreas Gursky and Juan Muñoz.

Ambiance - Des Deux Côtés du Rhin

October 15, 2005 - February 12, 2006

Under the title ‘On Both Sides of the Rhine’, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, are presenting a collaborative project that consists of two parallel exhibitions of contemporary art as well as a framing programme. Both exhibitions consist of works from the collections of the French Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain (FRAC), which celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year. The group exhibitions entitled ‘Ambiance’ (K21) and ‘Mouvement’ (Museum Ludwig) show international art since the 60s with emphasis on the present day. With the generous support of the AFAA, the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Germany and the Délégation aux arts plastiques du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. In cooperation with the Association Nationale des Directeurs de FRAC.

Henri Matisse

Figure Colour Space

October 29, 2005 - February 26, 2006

Viewers of paintings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) are greeted by a paradise, an enchanting, carefree world peopled by women who repose, drowse, contemplate their surroundings, read, or engage in play. The feminine figure set within an enclosed space is the central motif in the creative work of this French artist. But the theme of women in an interior setting not only offers a wide-ranging introduction to Matisse´s beguiling visual world. It also impressively illustrates his decisive overall contribution to the development of Modernism in painting. K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen shows an exquisite selection of works by Matisse, on loan both from internationally renowned museums – in London, New York, Paris and St. Petersburg with key Modernist collections – and from private collectors. With approximately eighty paintings in all, this will be the first major Matisse exhibition seen in the German-speaking world in over twenty years. Supplementing the paintings will be a number of the artist´s exceptional drawings and sculptures.