Portraits, 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)
Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! - Photographs from the 60s and 70s, Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen
Grace Jones with Andy Warhol in the legendary Studio 54, Brigitte Bardot with her blonde mane and Yves Saint Laurent naked, photographed by stars such as Richard Avedon, Bert Stern and Helmut Newton – on display in the Ludwiggalerie in Schloss Oberhausen palace. Photographs of icons of the film, fashion and music scene from the Nicola Erni Collection in Switzerland.
Date: 21 January to 27 May 2018
Gestatten Suermondt! – Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen
The fact that Aachen can boast outstanding works of art is thanks mainly to its citizens, above all Irene and Peter Ludwig and Barthold Suermondt, after whom the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum is named. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Suermondt’s birth, and to mark the occasion, the museum is presenting an exhibition entitled “Gestatten Suermondt! Sammler, Kenner, Kunstmäzen” (“Permit me, Suermondt! Collector, connoisseur, patron) with outstanding paintings such as the “Woman with a Pearl Necklace” by Vermeer, or Rembrandt’s “Portrait of an Old Man”.
Date: 8 March to 17 June 2018
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 - 30 December 2018
#allrounder. Marking the 150th anniversary of Peter Behrens’ birthday - Museum for Applied Arts, Cologne
Peter Behrens is a pioneer of modern architecture and design in Germany. He played a key role in the history of art, architecture and design in the 20th century. To mark his 150th birthday, the Museum for Applied Arts in Cologne is focussing on the artistic transition from art nouveau to early modern objectivism. Eight themed spaces will show around 220 objects, including works that were long considered to have been lost, or which are being presented to the public for the first time.
Date: 17 March to 1 July 2018
Peace. From antiquity to the present day - Münster
The major exhibition project on the theme of peace in Münster commemorates the signing of the Peace of Westphalia 370 years ago and the end of the First World War 100 years ago. Numerous museums in Münster are showing the striving for peace in its different manifestations. The Pablo Picasso Museum in Münster, for example, presents Picasso’s treatment of war and peace and his many different variations on the dove of peace.
Date: 28 April to 2 September 2018
Art and coal - Ruhr art museums, Ruhr region
At the end of 2017, hard coal mining was brought to an end in Germany - an important branch of industry that dominated the Ruhr region and its artistic and cultural landscape in particular. A major exhibition project, involving 17 museums in 13 towns and cities in the Ruhr region, will consider the topic of “Kunst und Kohle” (“Art and coal”) in the summer of 2018. For example, the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop will show artistic documentary photographs of industrial architecture by photo artists Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Date: May to September 2018
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: From September 2018