Preview 2017

Visual of the exhibition

Marchel Broodthaers.
A retrospective

04 March – 11 June 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective presents a major overview of the multifaceted oeuvre of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 –1976), who formulated an idiosyncratic artistic position within the milieu of Pop,  Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. When he was 40 years old, Broodthaers turned from poetry toward visual arts, and soon received acclaim within Europe's avant-garde scene for his displays and cinematographic works, with their stringent criticism of institutions.

This exhibition, which includes more than 400 works in the most diverse genres and media, has been organized meticulously over a period of more than four years by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. The show finishes in Düsseldorf, a city that did much to promote Broodthaers' brief but highly productive artistic career. Broodthaers not only lived in Düsseldorf (from 1970 –1972), he also received, assimilated, and reciprocated decisive impulses from the local art scene, which was networked internationally to an optimal degree.

A number of works and exhibitions came to fruition in Düsseldorf, among them the legendary show "Section des Figures" (Section of Figures), organized in 1972 at the Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and a component of Broodthaers’ principal work, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles) (1968 –1972).

This long-awaited  retrospective of the works of Marcel Broodthaers initiates viewers into a fascinating aesthetic universe – one that regards poetry as a "disturbance of the world order" and an "indirect political question," and that advocates a radically open-ended and processual approach to interpreting art, and hence represents a contribution to an understanding of art that remains valid today.

Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.


Tomás Saraceno – in orbit

beginning in late March 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Beginning in 2013, the gigantic, accessible spatial installation entitled in orbit has been installed beneath the dome of the K21 Ständehaus. At a height of more than 25 m above the museum piazza, the artist Tomás Saraceno suspended a virtually transparent steel network structure within people can crawl or climb. Tomás Saraceno is a successor to Jules Verne and the American visionary architect Richard Buckminster Fuller. In the construction of cloud cities, he perceives a response to the increasingly uninhabitability of the earth. After renovation measures lasting a number of months, this internationally celebrated installation will reopen in late March.

K21 Künstlerräume

beginning on 1st April, 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Since 2010, the K21 Ständehaus has served as a venue for international art and contemporary works from the permanent collection. Distributed throughout three levels, 22 continuously changing rooms offer encounters with site-specific approaches to art production. Selected artists are invited to show their works for a period of one year, at the same time engaging in dialogue with the architecture and the collection. The new installations emphasize stage-style scenarios and architectural extensions of the surrounding space: represented will be Alexandra Bircken, Ulla von Brandenburg, Eva Kot´átková, Pamela Rosenkranz and Beuys student Inge Mahn.

Art et Liberté:
Rupture, War, and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948)

July 15 – October 15, 2017
K20 Grabbeplatz

Art et Liberté: Rupture, War, and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948) is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to the group Art et Liberté (Art and Freedom) which was active in Cairo. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II this collective of Surrealist writers and fine artists engaged in a struggle against fascism,  nationalism, and colonialism. With a new definition of Surrealism, the group established a contemporary pictorial idiom that was rooted more in international tendencies than local traditions.


Futur 3 Annäherung an die ungekannte Zukunft

F3 Schmela Haus
Thursdays at 7 pm (except holidays)

With Futur 3, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen invites everyone with an interest in art and culture to engage in dialogue, debate and discussion at the Schmela Haus. On Thursday evenings (except holidays), international guests explore questions concerning the future of the museum, the city, society, art and science in various constellations and with different thematic emphases.

Vorschau 2018

Excentric Modernism

April 14 – August 12 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

With the exhibition Excentric Modernism, the Kunstsammlung interrogates the grand narratives of Western modernism and the history of our own collection. On view will be artistic practices that emerged outside of Europe and North America, whether through interchange with so-called "classical modernism" or independently of it, and which have received minimal recognition within the traditional Western historiography of art.