Pablo Picasso. The War Years 1939—1945 at K20

The exhibition at K20 (from 14 Feb) provides insight into the artist’s work during the Second World War. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, and documents from the years 1939 to 1945 tell of Picasso the man and the contradictions of everyday life during these times. Picasso fled from Paris to southern France immediately before the outbreak of the war on September 3, 1939 but returned to the German-occupied capital in August 1940. After the liberation of Paris by the Allie Forces in August 1944, he was celebrated as a survivor. An exhibition organised by the Musée de Grenoble in coproduction with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris. The project is under the patronage of Prime Minister Armin Laschet, Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany for Cultural Affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation.

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Graduates of the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts at K21

On February 8, 2020, the cooperation between the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Düsseldorf Academy of Art will enter its second round: On the lower level of K21, the works of roughly eighty graduates of the renowned art academy will be on display. All participating artists completed their studies in 2019 and now, approximately one year later, present new works of art in the museum context. Works from the entire spectrum of artistic forms of expression will be on view until March 8, 2020: paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, graphics, videos, and performances.

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I’M NOT A NICE GIRL! at K21

The exhibition at K21 presents works by four first-generation American conceptual artists: Eleanor Antin (b. 1935), Lee Lozano (1930–1999), Adrian Piper (b. 1948), and Mierle Laderman Ukeles (b. 1939). To this day, their work deals with relevant sociopolitical and feminist themes, such as institutional critique, racism, identity and gender politics, as well as ecological issues.

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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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Opening Hours (Carnival)

Please note, that Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen remains closed both on 20 February ("Altweiber") and 24 February ("Rosenmontag"). K20 and K21 will be open regularly on every other day during the Carnival's week. For further information, please check opening hours on our website.

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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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