Visions of Tomorrow. Histories of Abstraction

from July 6, 2024

  • Gerhard Richter, Mauer, 1994, Öl auf Leinwand, 250 x 200 cm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Schenkung 2019 von Dr. Viktoria von Flemming über die Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. © Gerhard Richter 2019

In response to the challenges and crises of the twentieth century, artists embarked on a journey to question the world and explore new horizons. Pioneering painters like Etel Adnan, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Alice Neel, and Andy Warhol created groundbreaking, visionary artworks. While art provided havens and spaces for reflection, it also functioned as both a mirror and an engine for social change. The K20 Collection’s newly redesigned presentation weaves together the diverse histories of abstraction with contemporary issues.

By exploring connections, intersections, and ruptures spanning across yesterday, today, and tomorrow, it unfolds in a loosely chronological order and intertwines thematic galleries with islands of encounters. With this reenvisioned collection presentation, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen showcases its iconic paintings and introduces new acquisitions, dedicating itself to the polyphonic and dynamic histories history of abstract twentieth-century abstract art.