Education Partners

Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf

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In cooperation with the Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf/University of Applied Sciences, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalenposes the question of the quality of pedagogical interactions in art education: According to which quality standards are pedagogical interactions designed? Are they, i.e., pedagogical approaches, ideas about visitors’ expectations, institutional framework conditions, pragmatic aspects?

The project focuses on pedagogical work in the “Small Studio” of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. The project, which is divided into several phases, attempts to track down, locate and discuss the orientations of the pedagogical specialists. With the help of students, the pedagogical offers are observed and analyzed with regard to the orientations. Finally, these observations are considered and discussed together in order to reflect on the patterns of orientation formulated theoretically at the beginning in the light of pedagogical practice.The aim is to look at options for orientation, to make one’s own normative orientations transparent and to practice art mediation in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in a (self-)reflected manner. In this way, the project partners also aim to further develop the subject.

Alfred-Adler-Schule Düsseldorf

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Since autumn of 2017, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Alfred-Adler-Schule, the musical school for sick students in Düsseldorf, have been cooperating in the framework of a new series of joint workshops. Supervised by their teachers, as well as by two museum pedagogues and artists, the students visit the K21 Ständehaus on a weekly basis. The workshops interlink the two locations – museum and school – while anchoring contemporary art and creative work in the everyday lives of youngsters.

Inspired by original artworks, students experiment with various materials, sketching, painting, modeling, and building. On a regular basis, in response to their experiences of art and of the museum, students organize a public presentation showcasing their own works, which are displayed in the museum or at the school. The project series is supplemented by art workshops held at the Uniklinik/University Hospital Düsseldorf, which make participation possible for students who are unable to travel to the museum due to their medical conditions.

This cooperation project is sponsored by the
BNP Paribas Foundation



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The project DIE MUSEUMSMACHER*INNEN/THE MUSEUM MAKERS links topics in the field of cultural education with aspects of political education. The program offers primary school pupils a platform for investigating the museum, for formulating praise or criticism of the institution, and for voicing their concerns and needs, thereby safeguarding their right to participation and the free expression of opinion (Art. 12 and 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). What do you find interesting at the Kunstsammlung – or not? How could the museum be changed to make it a place children enjoy visiting?

Pupils, teachers, and Kunstsammlung staff members embark upon a process through which all learn from one another. Everything about the institution can and should be put to the test – from programming all the way to entrance fees. Pupils introduce the topics they wish to explore, visualizing their proposals through their own designs – analog and digital image media, sculptural works and models – which they will discuss with the Director of the Kunstsammlung at the project’s conclusion.

This two-year cooperation project (2017-2019) between the Paul-Klee-Grundschule Düsseldorf and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is sponsored by the
PwC-Stiftung Jugend – Bildung – Kultur.

Diakonie Düsseldorf

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With the signing of a cooperation contract between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Diakonie Düsseldorf (Deaconry Düsseldorf) in summer of 2013, the long-standing and trusting collaboration between the two institutions was broadened and intensified.

Our shared objective is to allow individuals from the most diverse social backgrounds to familiarize themselves with modern and contemporary art, while becoming acquainted with and learning to value the museum as a place of learning, creativity, and sensuous experience.


„Denkwerkstatt Museum“

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Beginning in winter semester of 2010/2011, a number of pupils him of different ages from the introductory stage of the gymnasialen Oberstufe (senior classes) from Dortmund, Solingen, and Recklinghausen have participated in the project Denkwerkstatt Museum/Think Tank Museum at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Together with students from the TU Dortmund, they explore the museum as a site of negotiation for art, cultural memory, and contemporary reality.

In the permanent collection of the K20, pupils meet with student “image ambassadors,” view paintings and sculptures together, and familiarize themselves with the art of the 20th century. They pose questions about the objects, discuss various modes of perception and interpretive approaches, and link the scholarly theses of the “image ambassadors” to the experiences of their own lived reality, and to overarching societal discourses.

Through this project, future instructors and students from the Dortmund master’s program in cultural analysis and cultural intermediation test out their approaches to the development of specialist knowledge, its verbalization, and strategies for conveying content to listeners. As potential future students, pupils on the other hand not only familiarize themselves with approaches to original works of art, but also with the methods and styles of thought practiced by advanced students, and hence with approaches to scholarly topics at the university level. Published in winter semester of 2014/2015 as a project of the Dortmund master’s program in cultural analysis and cultural intermediation was the book Denkwerkstatt Museum, edited by Niklas Gliesmann and Barbara Welzel.


Kulturliste Düsseldorf

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The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is a partner of Kulturliste Düsseldorf.

The goal of the Kulturliste is to facilitate improved participation in cultural life on the part of Düsseldorf citizens with limited incomes. In conjunction with numerous cultural partners, they open the doors to the art and cultural institutions of the city of Düsseldorf, offering a wide-ranging menu of offerings to interested individuals free of charge.

For workshops for children and young people, the Kunstsammlung reserves a quota of tickets which are offered free of charge to guests who have registered with the Kulturliste. To take advantage of these offerings, please register with the Kulturliste und provide verification of financial need. You will then be registered as a Culture Guest.


Paul-Klee-Schule Düsseldorf

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Through a partnership between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Paul-Klee-Schule in the area of education, primary school pupils are introduced to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and the museum is anchored in the everyday lives of students as an extracurricular place of learning.

The aim is to dismantle educational barriers, to promote cultural and aesthetic learning on site, and to open up new possibilities for cultural participation. In a playful way, participative projects such as the “Opening for Children by Children” in 2012 in the framework of the exhibition 100 x Paul Klee – Geschichte der Bilder/100 x Paul Klee – Paintings and Their Stories, as well as the joint preparation of a multimedia guide to the collection at Grabbeplatz in 2013, promote the creative and linguistic potential, the self-esteem, and the self-confidence of pupils, who, as “staff” of the Kunstsammlung, assume the role of experts in modern and contemporary art.