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Lasar Segall, Encontro, ca. 1924, Acervo Museu Lasar Segall – IBRAM/MinC, © Museu Lasar Segall

museum global.
Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism

10 November, 2018 – 10 March, 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz

With a point of departure in a critical engagement with our own collection, museum global – a research and exhibition project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon.

With microhistories from Japan, Brazil, Mexico, China, India, Lebanon, or Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just a Eurocentric version of art history, but our own perspectives as well. Via a lively forum, the museum is opening itself up toward urban society and initiating a discussion involving diverse communities, art, scholarship, and research.

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Schmela Haus

Schmela Haus, photo: Achim Kukulies

Alfred Schmela: A Centenary Exhibition

24 November, 2018 – 20 January, 2019
Schmela Haus

On November 23, 2018, the famous Düsseldorf galerist Alfred Schmela would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is organizing an exhibition that illustrates the widely ramified network of this pioneer of the art scene in the Rhineland. The setting for the exhibition, assembled by Schmela's granddaughter, the curator Lena Brüning, is Schmela's architectonically incisive gallery building, located in Düsseldorf’s old town. Designed by Aldo van Eyck and inaugurated in 1971. Selected works by renowned artists who worked with Alfred Schmela when launching their careers will be presented in conjunction with documentary materials. The exhibition illustrates the international spectrum of the  gallery's program and focuses on central protagonists of and tendencies in the art of the second half of the 20th century – among them Joseph Beuys, Nouveau Réalisme, Pop Art, and ZERO – to whose dissemination and success Alfred Schmela made an essential contribution.