Performance of artist Gigi Masin in 2016, © Markus Luigs


No­tori­ous ex­change between art and pop

The state-fun­ded arts uni­ver­sity in Düs­sel­dorf - the Kunstakademie - is in­ter­na­tion­ally known, ac­claimed and fam­ous for the wide vari­ety of ideas and ex­per­i­ments that its gradu­ates have cre­ated. The list of high­lights ranges from the Düs­sel­dorf School of Paint­ing in the 19th cen­tury to the av­ant-garde artists Joseph Beuys, Ger­hard Richter and Gün­ther Ueck­er from the end of the 1950s to the end of the 1970s, through to the in­ter­na­tion­ally fam­ous Düs­sel­dorf School of Pho­to­graphy un­der Bernd and Hiller Bech­er since the 1990s. The cent­ral loc­a­tion of the Kunstakademie and the com­pact old town en­sured, and still do, that artists and the mu­sic scene come in­to con­tact with each oth­er at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, and in­flu­ence each oth­er like in no oth­er pop city in the world. Without the meet­ing between av­ant-garde artists and the ex­per­i­ment­al mu­si­cians in the Cream­cheese, Kraft­werk and NEU! would not have be­come the un­usu­al works of art that they now are. The Rat­inger Hof as a centre of the Düs­sel­dorf punk scene was also a place where art and pop could meet. ?The artists were in­ter­ested in the punks, and those who thought: what on earth is that? That was this in­ter­ac­tion?, Gabi Del­gado from DAF ex­plains. ?And sud­denly, 20 or 30 people thought: we can do just what we want?. This in­spir­a­tion­al con­nec­tion still ex­ists today. The Salon des Am­a­teurs, one of the most fas­cin­at­ing and bold clubs in the city, was es­tab­lished near the Kunstakademie.

Fur­ther In­form­a­tion:
Eiskeller­straße 1, 40213 Düs­sel­dorf

Performance of the duo Toresch, © Markus Luigs