Female Global Modern – New works in the collection


  • Noa Eshkol, Yellow Tree, 1998, wool, cotton, damask, percale, polyamide, 256 x 252 cm, Acquired in 2022, © The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is renowned for its significant collection of early modern and post-war art. Presently, numerous recent acquisitions are being showcased within the collection galleries of the K20. These additions serve to enrich the art historical canon and initiate a process through which the museum is embracing a more polyphonic, plural, and inclusive narrative of modernism.

Displayed are newly acquired pivotal works by pioneering female painters including Etel Adnan, Helen Frankenthaler, Carmen Herrera, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter, Alice Neel, and Lygia Pape. These works purposefully underscore the significant contributions that women artists have made to the evolution of modern art. Also on exhibit are paintings by Hassan El-Telmisani, Fouad Kamel, and Mayo, which expand the narrative of Surrealism to encompass perspectives from North Africa. Park Seo-Bo, a notable representative of monochrome painting in South Korea, is presented in dialogue with Mark Rothko and Yves Klein. Works by the contemporary artists Kader Attia and Anys Reimann are presented as artistic interventions to tie in with current feminist, queer, and decolonial discourses.

A recent acquisition of note is the large-scale textile work “Yellow Tree” (1998) by artist and dance composer Noa Eshkol (born 1924 in Deganya Bet, Palestine; died 2007 in Holon, Israel). In dialogue with paintings by Joan Miró, the presentation blurs the traditional boundaries between art and music, accentuating the realm of free and limitless forms of expression. This dialogical collection presentation adeptly reveals the multifaceted and global developments in the 20th-century field of abstraction.

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