Marta Herford in Herford, Außenansicht von oben, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Top-Ex­hib­i­tions 2020

Behrens, Beeth­oven und Baroque

In North Rhine-Westphalia's museums lots of different exhibitions open their doors throughout the year.

Museum Folkwang Essen, Neubau Foyer, © Giorgio Pastore

Art, Design, Ar­chi­tec­ture

Angelika Kauffmann: Artist, powerful woman, influencer, Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf

The works of the most famous female artist of the Age of Enlightenment and Sentimentality are the focus of an exhibition at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. About 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures by this powerful woman are being exhibited by the museum in cooperation with the Royal Academy of Arts in London. They provide an insight into the work of the Swiss native, who quickly became famous throughout Europe and made a name for herself with portraits and historical paintings. Kauffmann had a profound influence on the art and fashion of her time. She asserted herself like no other in a metier dominated by men.

Dates: 30 January to 24 May 2020

Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories, Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf

In Peter Lindbergh's images, man with all his facets takes centre stage. Sometimes it is a proud and august gaze that captivates the observer, sometimes a posed body. Kunstpalast Düsseldorf is now showing 140 works by the fashion photographer, who worked for the most famous fashion magazines in the world before his death in 2019. Lindbergh, who grew up in Duisburg, selected the exhibitsfor the show before he passed away. They provide insight into his photographic work, which dates back to the early 1980s. Many of the works have never been exhibited in public before.

Dates: 5 February to 1 June 2020

Picasso, Kunstsammlung NRW K20 in Düsseldorf

In this show, paintings, sculptures, drawings and historic documents from 1939 to 1945 tell of the man Pablo Picasso and the contradictions of everyday life during the Second World War.

In his work, the artist reacted to the threats of that period, to death and destruction. And yet, the subject of war is not in the foreground; instead, he created still lifes, portraits and nudes, often using motifs from the private sphere.

Dates: 15 February 2020 to 14 June 2020

Michelangelo's paintings up close, Dalheim Monastery in Lichtenau

Special works in a special place: Michelangelo’s Bible scenes, which decorate the Sistine Chapel in Rome, can be seen for three months in the church of the former Dalheim Monastery in Lichtenau near Paderborn. The painstaking reproductions of the ceiling and wall paintings from the Vatican include the creation story for example, with the famous "The Creation of Adam" fresco or the composition on the Last Judgement. The exhibition invites visitors to discover the oversized images, which are to be seen at a height of 21 metres in the Sistine Chapel, from up close.

Dates: 4 April 2020 to 5 July 2020

Keith Haring, Museum Folkwang in Essen

For the very first time, Museum Folkwang is showing a comprehensive exhibition of works by American artist Keith Haring, who created his art in the context of the topics of the 1980s: the AIDS crisis, the Cold War, the growth of capitalism and the destruction of the environment. More than 85 works, including large format paintings and drawings, posters, photographs and videos, demonstrate a broad spectrum of his oeuvre.

Dates: 29 May 2020 to 20 September 2020

Otfried Preußler: Creator of characters and teller of stories, Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen

Who doesn't know Otfried Preußler's imaginative characters and exciting stories? The Little Witch, Krabat or The Robber Hotzenplotz still come to life when read. Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen is now placing the primary focus of an exhibition on the unmistakable appearance of the characters. Cartoonists and illustrators like Franz Josef Tripp contributed to defining it over the years. In addition to this, visitors can enjoy exhibits relating to Preußler's literary works.  The media adaptations of the famous books are also examined.

Dates: 13 September 2020 to 10 January 2021

Andy Warhol, Museum Ludwig in Cologne

Warhol's work redefined the boundaries between painting, sculpture, film and music. The Andy Warhol exhibition casts light on aspects that have received less attention up until now, such as Warhol's migration background as the son of Russian immigrants in Pittsburgh and his treatment of religious motifs, as well as life beyond heterosexual norms, which he addressed in many ways and postulated as an essential factor in a diverse society.

Dates: 10 October 2020 to 21 February 2021

Peter Behrens - Art and Technology – LVR Industriemuseum Peter-Behrens-Bau in Oberhausen

The redesigned permanent exhibition on the architect and designer Peter Behrens presents architectural models developed specifically according to original designs as well as current and historical photographs of his buildings - going from his early residential house in Darmstadt to the tobacco factory in Linz. The LVR Industriemuseum building in Oberhausen was also designed by Behrens.

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit, Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf

It is a rather different type of art enjoyment that visitors experience below the huge dome of the "K21 Ständehaus" building that houses the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the North Rhine Westphalia art collection. They can enter the "in orbit" room installation by artist Tomás Saraceno and, in an extensive web structure covering 3 levels and a total area of 2,500 square metres, move freely between half-a-dozen "spheres", air-filled balls with diameters of up to 8.5 metres. The web sways from the steps, high above the piazza of the museum, and with it, the other people climbing it sway too - a communicative experience. The artist’s room in the K21, which was also designed by Saraceno, shows how the movement in the web construction works. Here, real spiders move about in their own webs.

Dates: the installation is part of the permanent exhibition in K21, but is occasionally closed for maintenance works

Kloster Dalheim in Lichtenau, Außenansicht, Innenhof, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Mu­sic, Sci­ence and So­ci­ety

Beethoven. Welt.Bürger.Musik, Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn 

On the occasion of the 250th birthday of the world-famous composer, the central anniversary exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle looks at Beethoven’s life, work and influence. Around 250 unique loans from German and international collections, some of which have never previously been shown, convey a multi-faceted picture of the artist and the man. The highlights include original writings and historical musical instruments that were of key significance to Beethoven's compositions. An extraordinary exhibition experience is promised by a special chair from Canada that translates sounds into vibrations: Using the chair, visitors can feel music throughout their entire bodies without hearing it. 

Dates: 17 December 2019 to 26 April 2020

Survivors. Faces of Life after the Holocaust, Zollverein World Heritage Site in Essen

Faces tell life stories. Even those defined by fear and horror, faith and hope. The power of the "Survivors. Faces of Life after the Holocaust" exhibition is considerable. Renowned photographer Martin Schoeller took portraits of 75 Holocaust survivors. The images can now be seen at the Zollverein coking plant’s mixing facility. The exhibition is being shown to mark the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in cooperation with the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and its German circle of friends as well as the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur Bonn and the Ruhr Museum.

Dates: 22 January 2020 to 26 April 2020

The History of the Plague, LWL-Museum für Archäologie in Herne

All over the world, the plague claimed millions of victims, but it is not a horror of the past – it still exists today. The special exhibition "Pest!" (Plague!) presents the history of the disease and its consequences based on around 300 archaeological and cultural history exhibits. Eleven themed areas lead from the archaeogenetic to the modern understanding of the plague. 

Dates: 20 September 2019 to 10 May 2020

Ludwig lives! Beethoven in Pop, rock n popmuseum Gronau in Gronau  

The central theme of the exhibition is the traces Beethoven has left in modern pop culture to this day. The multimedia show over three floors shows where Beethoven can still be found today, including in advertising, mobile phone ring tones and in songs by The Beatles, the Toten Hosen, Helge Schneider and Judith Holofernes. The exceptional musician can also be found in films such as A Clockwork Orange and in cartoons like Peanuts.

Dates: 17 May 2020 to 25 October 2020

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    Museum Schloss Moyland in Bedburg-Hau am Niederrhein, Außenansicht, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Max Ernst Museum in Brühl, Außenansicht, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Marta Herford in Herford, Außenansicht von oben, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Kloster Dalheim in Lichtenau, Außenansicht, Innenhof, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Blick auf die Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn,Rhein-Sieg,Ahrweiler
    Gasometer Oberhausen in der Dämmerung, © Ruhr Tourismus GmbH Jochen Schlutius
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