Isa Genzken

May 8 — Sep 5, 2021

  • Installation view: Isa Genzken, Die Form entwickelt sich daraus, dass jede der fünf Farben jede andere Farbe berührt, 1973, Sammlung Ringier; Rot-graues offenes Ellipsoid, 1978, Sammlung Grässlin; Meister Gerhard, 1983, Kunst Museum Winterthur

The work of Isa Genzken (b. 1948) is considered today to be among the most influential oeuvres and has inspired generations of artists. The exhibition draws attention to Genzken’s outstanding early work — a period that has not yet been consistently honored internationally in any institution. On display will besculptures, computer prints, series of drawings, photographs, and films.

The focus is on the groups of Ellipsoid and Hyperbolo sculptures created between 1974 and 1983, which, through their subtle mathematics, convey an aesthetic liberated from gravity. The artist combines conceptual approaches with personal themes. Works that initially appear abstract become recognizable at second glance as traces of her own existence and tell of relationships and desires. The artist’s practice is influenced by the minimalist and conceptual working methods that were decisive for the West at the time. Genzken always plays with the basic forms and materials that shape architectural and social spaces.The exhibition in Düsseldorf establishes a special relationship to Genzken’s biographical context, as the artist studied here from 1973 to 1977 and then lived in the city until 1979.

Parallel to the presentation on the lower level of K21, recent works by the Berlin-based artistwill be on view on the Bel Etage. In this way, developments within Isa Genzken’s oeuvre, as well as herlong-standing interests, become apparent.The exhibition Isa Genzken. “Works from 1973 to 1983” was conceived by the Kunstmuseum Basel in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

The exhibitions on the Bel Etage are sponsored by the Foundation for Art, Culture, and Social Affairs of Sparda-Bank West.

Your Visit

Reaching us
Ständehausstrasse 1
40217 Düsseldorf

Bus stop:

Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday, public holiday
11 am – 6 pm

Visitor’s service
Registration and information
Tel +49 (0) 211 8381-204

Online tickets

Book tickets and free time slot tickets for our exhibitions online