Preview 2018

K20, photo: Katja Illner
K21, photo: Katja Illner

Anni Albers

09 June – 09 September 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

Anni Albers (1899−1994) – who was probably the best-known textile artist of the 20th century – positioned the ancient technique of weaving at the center of her oeuvre. She wove pictures and wall hangings and designed carpets and textiles for mechanical production. She was an enthusiastic teacher and writer throughout her life. This exhibition – a collaboration with the Tate Modern – illuminates the multifaceted lifework of probably the most famous woman artist associated with the Bauhaus, along with her intellectual and visual cosmos.

museum global          

10 November 2018 – 10 March 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz

With the culminating exhibition of the research project museum global, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen interrogates the narrative of Western modernism to date and the history of their own collection. On view will be exemplars of artistic praxis which emerged outside of Europe or North America – whether through interaction with so-called “classical modernism” or independently of it – which have received minimal recognition within the traditional Western historiography of art.


Raqs Media Collective

21 April – 12 August 2018
K21 Ständehaus

This exhibition presents the Indian artist's group Raqs Media Collective in its first solo exhibition in a German museum. The members of the collective, founded in New Delhi in 1992, are active in multiple roles: as curators, authors, filmmakers, and collaborators with architects and computer experts. With their multidisciplinary perspective, they address themes such as global capitalism, urbanization, and forms of political representation.

Cao Fei

06 October 2018 – 13 January 2019
K21 Ständehaus

The K21 is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the Beijing-based artist Cao Fei. The featured videos, photographs, and multimedia installations by this pioneer of the post-internet-generation are representative of her artistic oeuvre as a whole. Oscillating between reality and fiction, her art reflects upon China's societal and urban situation, characterized today by continual and massive change. Cao Fei (*1978) draws upon her local and personal milieu in Beijing, at the same time integrating traditional Chinese rituals into her work. She exploits the latest digital media for projects that alternate visually between the aesthetic realms of documentary, feature film, and virtual reality.

In cooperation with MoMA PS1, New York, and the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf/Berlin.