K21 Collection

  • Installation view, Ai Weiwei, Odyssey, 2016 and Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar, 2017, photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Installation view in the K21, Ai Weiwei, Laundromat, 2016, photo credit: Simon Vogel
  • Installationsansicht, Jeff Geys, Gleichheit, Fraternité, Vrijheid, 1986, Foto: Achim Kukulies
  • Installationsansicht, Thomas Schütte, Große Geister (Figur Nr. 15), 1999, Foto: Achim Kukulies
  • Installationsansicht, Simone Nieweg, Kohlfeld, Düsseldorf-Niederkassel, 1990 Verschneites Feld, Liedberg 2003, 2003 Matthew Buckingham, Creative Destruction, 2006 und Richard Long, Labyrinths, 1991, Foto: Achim Kukulies
  • Cao Fei, Haze and Fog 04, 2013, inkjet print on paper, Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space
  • Installationsansicht, Margarete Jakschik, Towards Certainty I, 2019, Towards Certainty II, 2019, Towards Certainty III, 2019, Stately, yes, 2019, Somebody Changed II, 2019, Somebody Changed III, 2019, Untitled, 2011, Her Song, 2
  • Installation view, Lutz Bacher, Cyclops, 2017 and Open the Kimono, 2018, photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Installation view, Marcel Broodthaers, Section Publicité du Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles 1972, photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Installation view, Wolfgang Tillmans, das Leben ist Astronomisch, 2013, photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Installation view, Ei Arakawa, Performance People (May I Help You?, January 12, 1991, 10 AM, NY, NY), 2018 and Performance People (Eleventh Spectacle The Erotic, September 131978, 1 AM, New York, NY), 2018, photo credit: Achim Kukulies
  • Salon21, photo credit: Sebastian Drüen

In 2019, the Kunstsammlung presented the hitherto most comprehensive exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Europe at both locations, K20 and K21. Now, recently acquired works and a donation by the artist are on display in K21. Following the re-opening of K21 in 2018, the collection is now being almost completely reinstalled. More than half of the rooms are already completed and feature works by, among others, Ei Arakawa, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lutz Bacher, Margarete Jakschik, Jef Geys, Marcel Broodthaers, Ed Atkins, and Cao Fei.

The New Collection Rooms at K21

Among the highlights of the new presentation of the collection is the installation "Stool" (2014), the wallpaper piece "Odyssey" (2016), and the photo series "Study of Perspective" (1995–2011) by the activist and artist Ai Weiwei. The ensemble is complemented by Ai Weiwei’s work Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar (2017), which the Friends of the Kunstsammlung are making available to the museum on permanent loan. The Kunstsammlung is particularly joyful over the artist’s donation of the large-scale installation "Laundromat" (2016). In the new presentation at K21, further acquisitions from the past three years are presented on the upper 3 floors of the K21.

On 1st floor, the Dorothee and Konrad Fischer Archive takes place. In the course of the acquisition of the collection of Dorothee and Konrad Fischer, the archive was also donated to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Adjacent to the archive is Salon21. Installed as a new space in September 2018, Salon21 can be used for breaks, conversations, reading, and reflection. On selected evening dates, lectures, screenings, and discussions take place here.

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