Association of Friends

Robert Rademacher with Leopold von Diergardt,
Thomas Struth: "Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Goeje Island, 2007",
purchased by the Association of Friends in 2007,
Photo: Ansgar van Treeck

Freunde der Kunstsammlung
Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.

Ständehausstraße 1
40217 Düsseldorf

Tel. 0211.32 22 30
Fax 0211.32 07 43


Dr. Hedda im Brahm-Droege
Dr. Ulf Cloppenburg
Leopold Freiherr von Diergardt
Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer (Direktorin)
Beate Hoffmann-Becking
Robert Rademacher (Vorsitzender)

Advisory Board

Dr. Friderike Bagel
Sabine Crasemann
Silke Lemmes (KLUB21)
Anna-Alexandra Pfau (KLUB21)
Jan Rüggeberg
Thomas Sauter
Kurt von Storch
Gabriel Sulkowski


Jutta Müller, M.A.
Managing Director

Gisela Kauer
Assistent of the Management

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Association of Friends of the Kunstsammlung
Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.

The Gesellschaft der Freunde (Association of Friends) of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. has served the Kunstsammlung since 1968. The scope of the Association's activities are nowhere characterized with greater clarity than in its charter: its mission is to provide conceptual and material support to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, and in particular to facilitate the expansion of the permanent collection. Over the years, the society has made it possible for the Kunstsammlung to acquire a number of otherwise unattainable works.

In order to rise even more to the demands posed by the three museums - K20 Grabbeplatz, K21 Ständehaus and Schmela Haus - which have increased appreciably over the years, the Association is of course keen to increase its number of "friends". We welcome people and companies who wish to find mutual joy and satisfaction in showing their friendship and support, both material and non-material, to this internationally renowned museum of modern and contemporary art. In return, the Association of friends offers its members a host of interesting events, as well as trips and excursions to exciting "art locations".

Understandably, people living outside of Düsseldorf tend to identify primarily with the museums located in their own towns. Residents of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, however, should be mindful of the fact that the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is also “their” museum, which is to say: it is not a Düsseldorf museum per se, but instead a regional art institution – a “Staatsgalerie”. There are any number of good reasons to become a member of the Association of Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. A detailed information brochure is available by request from the secretariat of the Association.

Robert Rademacher 

Jubilee Exhibition

Ellsworth Kelly, Grünes Relief mit Blau, 1993, Öl auf Leinwand, zwei miteinander verbundene Tafeln, 304,8 × 249,6 cm, Erworben 1997 von der Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V. © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

Best Friends
50 Years of the Association of Friends at the Kunstsammlung

5.6. – 7.7.2019

Since 1969, the Gesellschaft der Freunde (Association of Friends) of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V. has been an invaluable and reliable supporter of the museum. Through purchases, the Freundeskreis has expanded the collection, and has assisted with the financing of exhibitions. By covering the greater portion of the building costs, the Freundeskreis has made possible extension structures such as the Klee Halle and the Henkel Galerie, of such enormous importance to the Kunstsammlung. For a half century now, the museum and the Freundeskreis have been "Best Friends." We celebrate this partnership now by presenting major acquisitions made by the Freundeskreis, including works by Amedeo Modigliani, Max Ernst and Francis Bacon, by Ad Reinhard, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin, by Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker, by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Struth, and many others.