Blick auf den Treppeneingang des Folkwang Museum in Essen / Ruhrgebiet, © Rolf Kosecki

Top-Exhibitions 2019

Bauhaus, mountains and rockstars

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

Tomás Saraceno - in orbit, Kunstsammlung NRW, 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 are permitted to enter the “in orbit” room installation by artist Tomás Saraceno and, in an extensive web structure covering 3 levels with 2,500 square meters in all, they can move freely between half-a-dozen “spheres”, air-filled balls with a diameter of up to 8.50 meters. The web sways as a result of 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 is also designed by Saraceno, shows how the movement in the web construction works. Here, real spiders move about in their own webs.

Date: unlimited to date (occasionally closed for maintenance work)

The Call of the Mountains - Gasometer Oberhausen

In the highest exhibition hall in Europe, visitors can stand on the highest mountain in the Alps. The Matterhorn appears to float in the room, and is reflected in the floor. Visitors can see the legendary mountain from the summit throughout the changing times of the day and the different seasons. The exhibition “Der Berg ruft” (“The Call of the Mountains”) shows legendary first ascents and tells of the reverence in which humans have held the mountains for thousands of years.

Date: 16 March to 27 October 2019


Peter Behrens – Kunst und Technik, LVR-Industriemuseum Peter-Behrens-Bau in Oberhausen

In the building designed by Behrens himself, a newly-designed permanent exhibition about the architect and designer is on display. It presents architecture models specially created from original designs, as well as current and historical photographs of his buildings. The spectrum ranges from Behrens’ early residential building in Darmstadt to his late works, such as the tobacco factory in Linz. These are supplemented by numerous exhibits from the LVR Industriemuseum collection, including early household items from the Jugendstil period or technical appliances for well-known companies such as AEG and Villeroy & Boch, and exhibits on loan from other institutes and from private collectors.

Date: From 28 April 2018

Anthony Cragg at the Ehrenhof

This autumn the start of the Kunstpalast’s exhibition programme will be marked by a presentation of large-scale sculptures by the British sculptor Anthony Cragg. His work reflects a wide variety of materials and forms. His artistic methods are as unusual as they are immediate. Working with simple elements such as round or oval disks, Cragg creates sculptures that exhibit a unique formal language and oscillate between abstraction and representation. A showcase exhibition inside the Kunstpalast will be dedicated to Cragg’s latest works on paper.

Date: 5 September 2018 to 13 January 2019


Portraits by Paula Modersohn-Becker - Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal

Paula Modersohn-Becker is considered to be one of the most important representatives of the early Expressionist movement. The Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal will show her portraits, self-portraits, still lifes and landscapes. With more than 20 works, the museum in Wuppertal has one of the largest collections by the artist in Germany.

Date: 9 September 2018 to 6 January 2019

Pink Floyd in Dortmund

The first Pink Floyd exhibition in the world will come to the Ruhr area. Following its première at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the show, called “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will travel to the Dortmunder U centre via Rome. The exhibition was curated in close cooperation with the band members, and includes over 350 items from 50 years, with instruments, hand-written song texts and drawings and graphics for the visual design of the albums and stage sets. Visitors can expect a multi-media audio-visual journey to the Pink Floyd cosmos. Dortmund is the only city in the German-speaking area and the Benelux states where the exhibition will be shown.

Date: 15 September 2018 to 10 February 2019


Bauhaus und Amerika - LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster

Following the closure of Bauhaus in 1932 in Dessau and 1933 in Berlin, numerous Bauhaus artists moved to America, including Josef Albers, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Herbert Bayer. On the one hand, the exhibition presents the development that the artists followed, first in Germany and then in America, and the inspiration they received, and on the other the impact they had on their contemporaries in the USA, internationally and also back in Germany.

The exhibition concentrates not only on positions of Bauhaus and its American follow-up institutions, but also shows works by European artists of the 1950s through to the present day. Since the “Bauhaus Stage” played a key role in modern dance, the museum is also cooperating with the TanzTheaterMünster dance theatre, which transfers the Bauhaus concepts to the present day. As a result, premières of dance performances can be seen in the museum as part of the exhibition.

Date: 9 November 2018 to 10 March 2019


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Erträumte Reisen (“dreamed journeys”), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

In his works, he took himself on a long journey, and the images reflect his search for the exotic and the unfamiliar. In fact, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner remained grounded in reality throughout his life. The exhibition “Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Erträumte Reisen” is a retrospective with 180 works that portray the artist’s response to societal and artistic influences. Today, Kirchner is one of the most well-known German expressionist painters.

Date: 16 November 2018 to 03 March 2019


Michael Jackson – On the Wall in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

The influence of the “King of Pop” on music history is well known and undisputed. For the first time, the exhibition “Michael Jackson – On the Wall”, which shows works by 40 artists in different media, will examine the major influence that Michael Jackson also had on contemporary art. After Andy Warhol created his portrait in 1982, Jackson became the most widely represented figure in the media world, and inspired many other artists, such as the US photographer David LaChapelle, who portrayed Jackson as an American Jesus or an archangel who overcomes the devil.

Date: 22 March to 14 July 2019


Conspiracy theories - now and in the past in Kloster Dalheim monastery

What forces are actually guiding us? Isn’t everything very different to what it seems? Is someone trying to deceive us? These questions, and other similar ones, engender conspiracy theories, which have been around far longer than the invention of “alternative facts”. In Kloster Dalheim monastery, visitors will have the chance to explore the creation, function, impact and dissemination of these myths and half-truths. This next major special exhibition in the LWL state museum for monastery culture in Lichtenau sheds light on supposedly exclusive circles, secret knowledge and covert machinations over an area of 1,200 square meters.

Date: 18 May 2019 to 22 March 2020

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Aussenansicht des Picasso Museums Münster, © Joachim Busch
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Bundeskunsthalle Bonn bei Nacht, © Peter Oszvald Kunst- & Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

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