Museum Marta Herford on Herford, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Top-Exhibitions 2019/2020

Bauhaus, mountains and rockstars

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

100 years of the Bauhaus in the West

From the Lower Rhine to Siegen-Wittgenstein, and from Aachen to the Münsterland region, the traces and influences of the Bauhaus movement can be seen throughout NRW. In this centenary year, numerous exhibitions at important sites such as the Mies van der Rohe villas in Krefeld will illustrate the reformist ideas and the impact of the Bauhaus movement.

Dates: Throughout the year


Neue Welten (New Worlds) - Museum Folkwang, Essen

During the early summer, the Museum Folkwang will present its permanent collection in a new way, in keeping with the Folkwang concept. First, a three-part Bauhaus series will be on display, which will show the diverse lines of connection between the Museum Folkwang and the Bauhaus.

20 September to December 2019, László MoholyNagy


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


German Perspective on Great Britain at Haus der Geschichte, Bonn 

The “Very British. Ein deutscher Blick” (Very British. A German Perspective) exhibition shows that Great Britain is more than just Brexit. Based on the example of about 500 exhibits, the exhibition sheds light on the German-British relationship and the political, historical, economic and cultural role of Great Britain in Europe after 1945. The original tiger skin from the sketch “Dinner for one”, the ball from the legendary 1966 World Cup final and a dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Germany in 1965 can be seen.

Dates: until 8 March 2020


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


Into the Medieval Era with Robin Hood - Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Dortmund

Sherwood Forest, Nottingham Castle and St. Mary’s Convent are to be found in the Ruhr District. All provided by the "Robin Hood” family exhibition, which takes you to these archetypal historical locations. In the action rooms and at interactive stations, visitors learn a lot about life and the social structure of the Medieval era. The highlight of the exhibition at MKK Dortmund is a ten metre long archery range.

Dates: 1 September 2019 to 19 April 2020


Utopia and Demise. Art in the GDR - Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

In a large exhibition, Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf is the first West German cultural institute of art to focus on art from the GDR, examining a contradictory period of art from 1949 to 1989. Works by famous artists such as Willi Sitte, Bernhard Heisig and Werner Tübke will be shown, as well as works by artists who were hardly noticed at all in the West.

Date: From 5 September 2019


Pierre Cardin. Fashion Futurist - Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

Barbarella boots with a mini-skirt and clothing in geometric relief shapes with black patent overknees - the French designer Pierre Cardin revolutionised the fashion world in the 60s and 70s. Under the title "Pierre Cardin. Fashion Futurist", the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf shows more than sixty styles as well as photographs and film material that provide an insight into Cardin’s creative cosmos.

Date: 19 September 2019 to 5 January 2020


Rembrandt’s Graphic World & Inside Rembrandt - Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation, Cologne

On 4 October exactly 350 years ago, Rembrandt, the most important painter of the Baroque period, died. The exhibition “Rembrandt’s Graphic World” opens at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation on this very day. A fine selection of etchings by the artist will be shown. The subsequent presentation visually traces his dramatic life as an artist between tragedy and comedy. 

4 October 2019 to 12 January 2020, Rembrandt’s Graphic World
1 November 2019 to 1 March 2020, Inside Rembrandt


Else Lasker-Schüler - Prinz Yussuf von Theben and the Avant-Garde - Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

The poet Else Lasker-Schüler not only created ‘another’ world with her words, her drawings were also characterised by fantasy and poetry. During the exhibition, her works will be put into context with works by Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Marc and August Macke as well as poets such as Franz Marc and August Macke.

Date: 6 October 2019 to 16 February 2020


William Turner: Landscapes, Münster

For the first time in two decades, works by William Turner (1775-1851), probably Britain’s most important Romantic landscape painter, are to be exhibited in Germany. From 8 November 2019 to 26 January 2020, the “Turner” exhibition at the LWL Museum of Art and Culture in Münster will be focusing on Turner's travels to Switzerland and Italy, which inspired him to create his atmospheric landscapes. The exhibition will be held in cooperation with the Tate Britain art museum in London; most of the works on display are coming from the Tate’s Turner estate.

Date: 8 November 2019 to 26 January 2020


Beethoven. Welt.Bürger.Musik, Bonn

On the occasion of the 250th birthday of the world-famous composer, the central anniversary exhibition 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.

Date: 17 December 2019 to 26 April 2020

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Aussenansicht des Picasso Museums Münster, © Joachim Busch
Blick auf die Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn,Rhein-Sieg,Ahrweiler
Gasometer Oberhausen in der Dämmerung, © Ruhr Tourismus GmbH Jochen Schlutius
Das Museum Ludwig Köln bei Nacht, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

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Das Dach der Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn,Rhein-Sieg,Ahrweiler.jpg


Sicht auf den Düsseldorfer Medienhafen inklusive Rheinturm, © Tourismus NRW e.V.