Open Space

  • Photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Photo credit: Wilfried Meyer
  • Photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Photo credit: Wilfried Meyer
  • Photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Photo credit: Wilfried Meyer

With OPEN SPACE in 2018, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen converted one of its largest exhibition spaces, the Grabbe Hall, into a “sheltered public space” for three months. Together with the interdisciplinary architectural collective raumlaborberlin, OPEN SPACE created a place where visitors could meet, work creatively, play, read, or take part in discussion events, many of which were free of charge.

The response was overwhelming and provided the impetus for a new edition of OPEN SPACE. Under the
title “Nothing but the Future,” a central theme of the present day forms the starting point of the program: the Anthropocene. In the new geological age, humankind itself has now become a force of nature and holds the future of the planet in shaky hands. Coping with the climate crisis and containing its unforeseeable consequences is an indispensable part of the daily debate. In dialog with the people of Düsseldorf and together with local and international partners, a transdisciplinary program will be developed in a cooperative process that will turn OPEN SPACE 2020 into a space for negotiating questions relating to the present and future of our planet.

Open Space 2018
For a period of four months (from Nov 10, 2018 until March 10, 2019), with a flexible stage, a café, a silkscreen printing workshop, and an info-station organized around the research and exhibition project “museum global”, the museum invited guests to engage in public discussion and informal encounters.