Masterpieces from Etel Adnan to Andy Warhol

from July 6, 2024


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.

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Installation views

  • Installationsansicht, Pierre Bonnard, La terrasse de Vernon, um 1928, Etel Adnan, Persian, 1963 –1964, Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2010/2011, Etel Adnan, Untitled, um 1965 – 1966, Etel Adnan, Hot, um 1960
  • Installationsansicht, Sonia Delaunay, Marché au Minho, 1915 – 1916, Öl und Enkaustik auf Leinwand, Fernand Léger, Le soldat à la pipe, 1916
  • Installationsansicht, Wiebke Siem, o. T., 2007, René Magritte, Le masque vide, 1928, Fouad Kamel, Untitled, um 1940
  • Installationsansicht, Andy Warhol, Big Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Black Bean), 1962, Carmen Herrera, Estructura Roja, 1966/2012, Piet Mondrian, Rhythmus aus geraden Linien, 1937/1942
  • Installationsansicht, Jenny Holzer, Vertical, 2016, Bridget Riley, [Detail of] Bolt of Colour (Wall Painting) [Marfa], 2017, Isa Genzken, Blau-grün-gelbes Ellipsoid 'Joma', 1981, Carmen Herrera, Some Blue Some White, 1992, Carmen Herrera, Alpes, 2015
  • Installationsansicht, Roy Lichtenstein, Big Painting No. 6, 1965, Andy Warhol, A Woman's Suicide, 1962, Jackson Pollock, Number 32, 1950