"Art et Liberté" – Surrealism in Egypt (1938-48) at the K20

This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the largely forgotten Cairo based group "Art et Liberté" (art and liberty, jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah). The exhibition presents more than 200 works from around 50 collections in 12 different countries, including paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, films, books, and archival documents. At the dawn of World War II and during Egypt’s colonial rule by the British Empire the surrealist collective of artists and writers was engaged in its defiance of Fascism, Nationalism and Colonialism.The exhibition was shown previously at the Centre Pompidou / Paris and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía / Madrid and will be on display at the K20 in Düsseldorf until 15 October, 2017.

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K21: Videos and photographs from the collection

In the basement level of the K21, "real sets / fictional sets" features videos and photographs from the permanent collection that take the stage/film set as the point of departure for the most diverse scenarized spatial arrangements, an approach that offers fields of play for a variety of scenes, plots, and narratives. On view will be works by Bruce Nauman, William Kentridge, Rosemarie Trockel, Richard T. Walker, Heimo Zobernig, and Wael Shawky, supplemented by a selection of photographs by Candida Höfer. These selected works will be presented to the public until 8 October, 2017

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K21: Leunora Salihu until 24 September at the Bel Etage

Although Leunora Salihu’s sculptures have an austere composition, they are light and permeable. The artist creates her works from a multitude of materials, like clay, plaster, metal, and multiplex boards, playing with their contrasting characteristics to assemble new, extraordinary combinations. The exhibition "Gravity on a journey" present's these artist's work in three rooms at the K21's Bel Etage until 24 September. The exhibition has recently been extended for two more weeks.

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Artist's Rooms at K21 with new installations

Since 2010, the K21 has served as a forum for international artists and a venue for contemporary works from the collection. Intensive encounters with space-specificart are offered by 22 continuously changing rooms which are distributed throughout three levels. Selected contemporary artists are invited to show projects for a period of one year, thereby entering into a dialogue with the architecture and with works from the permanent collection. The new installations, which will be on view throughout 2017, will emphasize quasi-theatrical staging and architectural extensions of the surrounding space. The K21 Künstlerräume are sponsored by the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West since 2016.

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"in orbit" at the K21: installation now re-opened

Suspended at a height of more than 25 m above the piazza of K21 is the enormous installation "in orbit", a work by the artist Tomás Saraceno. The installation appears as a surreal landscape, and is reminiscent of a sea of clouds or floating planetary bodies. The physically accessible work is constructed of virtually transparent steel mesh that interlaces three levels spanning the massive glass dome. Five air-filled "spheres" are positioned within the net structure that encompasses an area of 2500 m².

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Susanne Gaensheimer to become the new Director

Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer is to become the new Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Gaensheimer – who spent the past eight years heading the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt – will move to Düsseldorf on September 1, 2017. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, who accepted a new post as General Director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden last year.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Foto: Frank Blümler
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#32: A digital magazine

A new project was launched with #32 by Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in February 2014: A digital magazine, and ambitious platform for art, culture, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Found in #32 starting will be texts, interviews, essays, photos, and videos on themes related to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – and beyond. “making of” provides readers with glimpses behind the scenes of our exhibitions and projects. “artists, live” is devoted to our creative personalities. But we are also on the move internationally for our readers: in “worldwide,” we visit museums and artists around the world. The section entitled “scouting” offers enthralling insights into the national and international art scenes. The website is avalaible in English language.

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