Idris Khan - Every...

January 26 - March 9, 2008

Before the temporary closing of K20 and the subsequent removal of the collection, the large hall on the ground floor will house one last exhibition. A show with works by the young British artist Idris Khan (born in 1978) has been planned. Since completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London in 2004, he has produced an intellectually lucid, visually impressive and technically brilliant œuvre in only a few years. Khan’s subjects show his passionate interest in culturally coded works and artefacts from the spheres of literature, art and music. Photography and video are his media of choice. In his photographs he digitally superimposes pictures, texts or scores he has acquired onto one another. In his videos on classic pieces of music by Bach and Schubert, musical performances are turned into visual and acoustic palimpsests through multiple repetition and layering.

A Last View  – The Collection’s Masterpieces

January 26 – April 27, 2008

Before K20 closes for just under a year and a half on 28th April 2008, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen’s most important masterpieces will be shown one more time. Among these are Pablo Picasso’s monumental work “Deux femmes nues assises” from the artist’s classicist period, George Braque’s cubist still life “Nature morte, harpe et violon” and also Marc Chagall’s composition “Le violoniste”. Wassily Kandinsky’s “Komposition IV” and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Mädchen unter Japanschirm” will be among the highlights of expressionist painting. Max Ernst’s work “Au premier mot limpide” and Joan Miró’s “nu au miroir” will serve as examples of surrealist art. Julius Bissier’s ands Paul Klee’s extraordinary collections also deserve particular mention. Futhermore, the large installation by Joseph Beuys “Palazzo Regale” will be accessible. Works by Gehard Richter will also be on display. His cycle “Silikat” was only recently purchased by the Kunstsammlung. Jackson Pollock’s drip painting “Number 32” undoubtedly represents a milestone in abstract painting after 1945. This monumental piece will be accompanied by further outstanding works of pop and minimal art.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

May 17 – August 17, 2008

The exhibition which was planned as a comprehensive show together with the “Jeu de paume” in Paris will present three new film installations by the Finnish artist (born in 1959). Ahtila’s  greatest work so far, the six-channel video installation “Where is Where?” (2007/8) will be included. In addition recent sculptures and photo works and also selected earlier works such as “Consolation Service” (1999) or “The House” (2002) will be on display. This overview shows the direction in which Ahtila’s work is currently developing: her recent works move away from the both fictional and documentary portrayal of human drama  in specifically Finnish environments to a more global perspective. They are dedicated to existential and abstract topics such as togetherness and exclusion, childhood and violence, life and death.

Lawrence Weiner - AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE   

September 27, 2008 - January 11, 2009

The exhibition LAWRENCE WEINER: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE is a retrospective on the oeuvre of one of the cofounders of so-called Conceptual Art. There has not been a comparative show of this radical, complex, epoch-making and influential work since 1988. The exhibition has already been held at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The only European presentation will now take place at K21. The works on display range from the paintings produced in the 1960’s to the innovative language-based works which have made the artist internationally known over the past forty years. With sculpture as a point of departure, he realised early on that it made no difference to him whether a work was produced by the artist, by someone else, or whether it was not carried out at all and only existed as a verbal expression.