Edvard Munch at K20

With approximately 140 works that have rarely if ever been exhibited in Germany, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen presents the “unknown” Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) at the K20. These paintings, prints, and sculptures were selected by Karl Ove Knausgård (*1968). The internationally celebrated writer, a native Norwegian like Munch himself, achieved worldwide fame with his six-volume autobiographical novel, which has been translated into more than 30 languages and has received numerous prizes. His decidedly personal point of view opens up a fresh perspective of a man who was, arguably, the most important representative of the Scandinavian avant-garde of the early 20th century, while highlighting the continuing relevance of Munch’s concern with the embeddedness of the individual in society. The exhibition has been organized by the Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, in partnership with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. It takes place parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, which names Norway its guest of honor and center of attention in 2019.

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Carsten Nicolai. Parallax Symmetry at K21

The exhibition provides an overview of the work of the artist and musician Carsten Nicolai, who has been working at the interface of visual art, music, and science since the early 1990s. As a musician under the pseudonym Alva Noto, Nicolai is one of the best-known representatives of contemporary electronic music of his generation. Since his participation in documenta X (1997), his visual artworks have also been exhibited worldwide. On view at K21 until 19 January, 2020

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Catalog "Parallax Symmetry"

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog designed by the artist. The publication was released on October 31, 2019, with numerous illustrations and installation views of the exhibition at K21 by Julija Goyd. With an introduction by Susanne Gaensheimer, contributions by Kathrin Dreckmann, Doris Krystof, Verena Meis, Linda Walther, and a reprint of the prose text "Ur-Geräusch" (1919) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Published by Spector Books, 35,00 Euros.

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Karl Ove Knausgård and Peter Doig on November 24 at K20

Karl Ove Knausgård, the curator of the current exhibition on Edvard Munch, and painter Peter Doig will meet on November 24 for an artist talk. Both are bound in a close artistic friendship. The event starts at 2pm, there are a limited number of seats at the Trinkaus Auditorium at K20, so please register. Tickets are available at the museum counter (10,00€), there is an additional fee for the admission to the exhibition.

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Workshop RE:ROSAS! at K20

After the exhibition "Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas. Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich" has ended, there will be a public dance workshop at Grabbe Halle. Led by a dancer from Rosas, the audience will rehearse an interpretation of the legendary piece Rosas danst Rosas (1983) by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, which is now circulating worldwide on the Internet in hundreds of variations. The workshop is taking place on November 16, from 11.15 am until 1.15pm. Free admission, registration via visitor's service.

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Collection of contemporary art at K21

The K21 is the museum of contemporary art of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. The presentation of the permanent collection in the 2nd and 3rd stories will feature works from the late 1980s onward (Marina Abramovic, Paul McCarthy, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Maria Lassnig, Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, Wael Shawky, Ana Torfs, Akram Zaatari and many others).

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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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On Display: Collection at K20

After renovation, the permanent collection on the upper floor is now opened. The "Robert Rademacher Galerie" is presenting american art after 1945 as well as works by Gerhard Richter and Katharina Sieverding and new acquisitions such as Carmen Herrera. On the 2nd floor, masterpieces of classical modern art as well as new acquisitions will be on display.

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