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

Top-Exhibitions 2018

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 - 30 December 2018


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


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


Anni Albers - K20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf

The Düsseldorf K20 Grabbeplatz art collection presents an unusual artist in the form of Anni Albers, who studied with Bauhaus in the 1920s and who produced most of her varied work at the loom. The wife of Josef Albers combined ancient cultural techniques with modern artistic practice and established the weaving technique as a full art form without neglecting its useful aspects. Today, she is regarded as the most important female Bauhaus artist.

Date: 9 June to 9 September 2018


Josef Albers. Interaction - Villa Hügel, Essen

For the first time in 30 years, this exhibition offers a major show of this artist, who was born in Bottrop and who worked as a student and lecturer with Bauhaus. At least 130 works, most of which come from important American collections and the Josef Albers Museum, can be viewed in the Villa Hügel in Essen. The exhibition shows paintings, glass works, photographs, works on paper, furniture and pre-Columbian sculptures. It begins with Albers’ period with Bauhaus and goes on to the American years – the encounter with the landscape and culture of Mexico and the “Homage to the Square” series. The large gallery in the Villa Hügel is entirely dedicated to this famous series of works. By the time of his death, Josef Albers had created more than 2,000 “Homage to the Square” paintings.

Date: 16 June to 07 October 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


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