museum global until 10 March at K20

Starting from a critical engagement with our own collection, the exhibition "museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism" at K20 focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon. With microhistories from Japan, Georgia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Lebanon, and Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just an Eurocentric version of art history, but its own perspectives as well. OPEN SPACE, configured together with raumlaborberlin, will accompany the exhibition. It comprises a stage, a café, a study center and a workshop for silkscreen printing to encourage and inspire encounters and discussions. With an additional entrance, the museum for the first time opens up to the Grabbeplatz and the vibes of the city. The research project has been initialized and is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation. It is under the patronage of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

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"Planet 58" until 31 March at K21

The exhibition at the K21 features artworks by approximately 60 recent graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Art Academy). All of the participating artists concluded their studies at the renowned art academy in 2018, and now present their works – paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, graphics, videos, and performances – in a museum context. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a work by one of the contributing artists. "Planet 58" plays with conceptions of the unexplored, the prospective, calling attention to the transition between the study years and an independent artistic career. For the museum as well, "Planet 58" represents uncharted territory: never before has it opened up its spaces to young artists on this scale, with the aim of providing them with a platform, and of offering the public a glimpse of current artistic developments in Düsseldorf.

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"Ed Atkins. Ye Olde Food" from 23 Feb at K21

The British artist Ed Atkins (*1982, Oxford) is considered as a pioneer among a younger generation of artists whose members reflect upon the far-reaching transformations of everyday reality effected by the rapid development of digital media. Atkins became known in particular for a series of computer-animated videos through which he interrogates the promise, potential, and ideologies of the technologies he employs. A crucial point of departure for his projects is the capacity of digital image production to reproduce the material world realistically in a radically dematerialized fashion. The opening of this exhibition will take place at K21 on 22 February at 7:30. Free entrance - welcome!

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"in orbit": installation by Tomás Saraceno at K21

Suspended more than 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 is Tomás Saraceno‘s gigantic installation in orbit. This steel wire construction spans the museum‘s vast glass cupola on three different levels. Positioned within this net structure, which encompasses altogether 2500 m², are half a dozen "spheres" – inflated spheres having diameters up to 8.5 meters. Visitors have access to this transparent installation, and can move freely between the spheres on all three levels. Please note, that the installation may be closed for visitors temporarily due to maintenance works. Current information: "opening hours" on this site and Visitor's information via phone +49 (0)211. 83 81-204.

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