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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.

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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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Exhibition poster "Paul Klee" at the Israel Museum Jerusalem, 1966, photo: Achim Kukulies

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Paul Klee. A Collection Travelling Around the World

13 October, 2018 — 10 March, 2019
K20 Grabbeplatz 

In 1960, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired 88 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Paul Klee. This purchase represented an act of atonement (Wiedergutmachung) toward an artist who had been dismissed from his professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy by the National Socialists in 1933. This ensemble of works, which forms the foundation of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, founded in 1961, is now the point of departure for a reexamination of its permanent collection: from 1966 until 1985, the Klee pictures travelled the world, and were seen in Jerusalem in 1966, in Prague in 1969, in Rio de Janeiro in 1972, and in New Delhi in 1979, among others. In the context of this tour, the “universal genius” Klee and his works were explicitly designated as message and messengers of the still young Federal Republic of Germany, as strikingly documented through previously unknown archival materials, along with documents from some of the host institutions. The presentation Paul Klee: A Collection Travelling Around the World is serving as a prologue to the wide-ranging exhibition project museum global, which opens on November 10, 2018.  

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Cao Fei, Haze and Fog 04, 2013, Inkjet-Print auf Papier, Courtesy Künstlerin und Vitamin Creative Space

Cao Fei        

06 October 2018 – 13 January 2019
K21 Ständehaus

The Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) is regarded as a pioneer of a generation of artists, for whose members digital media and network technology are simply aspects of everyday life. This Beijing-based artist elaborates her multifaceted artistic oeuvre through an imperative confrontation with the latest medial innovations. Soon, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will be presenting the first major solo exhibition in Germany of Cao Fei's works. This survey, which will be on view at the K21, will encompass her artistic production between 1995 and 2017, and will include videos, photographs, and multimedia installations, as well as drawings which have not been shown publicly previously.

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Lutz Bacher, Hair, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York.

Lutz Bacher
What's Love Got to Do With It

September 07, 2018 – January 06, 2019
K21 Ständehaus

The American artist Lutz Bacher – who has concealed her identity beneath a masculine pseudonym throughout her career – works conceptually in a range of media. A longtime resident of California who now lives in New York, the artist has based her work since the 1970s on found objects as well as texts and images pulled from the minutiae of popular culture. Soundtracks from Hollywood films, props from television shows, and unedited cell phone videos find their way into her works along with discarded objects from different spheres of consumption.

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Installation "Tomás Saraceno - in orbit", K21 Ständehaus, photo: Studio Saraceno, © Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit

Permanent installation
K21 Ständehaus

Suspended more than 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 is Tomás Saraceno‘s gigantic installation in orbit. This steel wire construction spans the museum‘s vast glass cupola on three different levels. Positioned within this net structure, which encompasses altogether 2500 m², are half a dozen „spheres“ – inflated spheres having diameters up to 8.5 meters. Visitors have access to this transparent installation, and can move freely between the spheres on all three levels.

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