K21: In order of appearance

Hedda Schattanik und Roman Szczesny, Amor Fati, Filmstill 8K HDR Rec. 2020

In order of appearance
Graduates of the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts 2019
February 8 – March 8, 2020

In February 2020, the cooperation between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Düsseldorf Academy of Art will enter its second round: On the lower level of K21, the works of roughly eighty graduates of the renowned art academy will be on display. All participating artists completed their studies in 2019 and now, approximately one year later, present new works of art in the museum context. Works from the entire spectrum of artistic forms of expression will be on view: paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, graphics, videos, and performances.

With this annual exhibition series, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen offers young artists from the academy a platform and the public insight into the current artistic developments in Düsseldorf.

A cooperation between Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Düsseldorf Academy of Art.


Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979 — 80, Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Eleanor Antin, Lee Lozano, Adrian Piper, Mierle Laderman Ukeles
January 18 – May 17, 2020

The exhibition at K21 presents works by four first-generation American conceptual artists: Eleanor Antin (b. 1935), Lee Lozano (1930–1999), Adrian Piper (b. 1948), and Mierle Laderman Ukeles (b. 1939). To this day, their work deals with relevant sociopolitical and feminist themes, such as institutional critique, racism, identity and gender politics, as well as ecological issues.

The starting point of the exhibition is a series of hitherto rarely or never shown documents from the Archive Dorothee and Konrad Fischer, which substantiate Fischer’s contacts to women artists working in the realm of conceptual art during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Nevertheless, they hardly played a role in Fischer’s program, despite the fact that the influential gallerist was instrumental in establishing conceptual art.


K20: Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, The Sun, 1912, oil on canvas, 123 x 176,5 cm, Munchmuseet, Oslo

Edvard Munch –
seen by Karl Ove Knausgård

October 12, 2019 – March 1, 2020

With approximately 140 works that have rarely if ever been exhibited in Germany, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents the “unknown” Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) at the K20. These paintings, prints, and sculptures were selected by Karl Ove Knausgård (*1968). The internationally celebrated writer, a native Norwegian like Munch himself, achieved worldwide fame with his six-volume autobiographical novel, which has been translated into more than 30 languages and has received numerous prizes. His decidedly personal point of view opens up a fresh perspective of a man who was, arguably, the most important representative of the Scandinavian avant-garde of the early 20th century, while highlighting the continuing relevance of Munch’s concern with the embeddedness of the individual in society.

The exhibition has been organized by the Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, in partnership with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. It takes place parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, which names Norway its guest of honor and center of attention in 2019.



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.