Museum / K20

  • Installation view in the K20, photo credit: Sebastian Drüen
  • Installation view, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Negertanz, 1911, Wassily Kandinsky, Durchgehender Strich, 1923 and Komposition IV, 1911, photo credit: Achim Kukulies

K20 at Grabbeplatz features the formative artistic currents of the twentieth century. In addition to a comprehensive group of works by Paul Klee, paintings from German Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism form the focal points of the collection.

The period after the Second World War is represented by Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. There are also important groups of works by Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter, as well as key works by Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo, and Isa Genzken. Among the masterpieces of the Western avant-gardes at K20 are selected works by women artists such as Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Carmen Herrera. In several galleries featuring highlights from the collection, works of contemporary art have been placed in dialogue with classical modernism and works of non-Western movements.

  • Architectural view K20, photo credit: Sebastian Drüen
  • Architectural view K20, photo credit: Sebastian Drüen
  • Architectural view K20, photo credit: Sebastian Drüen

The building of the Kunstsammlung on Grabbeplatz with its characteristic black granite façade celebrated its opening in 1986. In the tradition of Arne Jacobsen, the Copenhagen architectural firm Dissing + Weitling realized a noble and restrained building with architectural details typical of the time, which gives precedence to the outstanding quality of the works of art.

In 2008, the foundation stone was laid for the extension, which is seamlessly linked to the old building in terms of architectural form. An additional 2,000 m² in two column-free exhibition halls extends the total exhibition area to more than 5,000 m² and complements the existing building, which was completely renovated for its reopening in July 2010, and features a high level of exhibition technology.

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