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.
18 January to 14 April 2019, Lyonel Feininger
28 April to 8 September 2019, Staging the World
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
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
From Cologne to Paris and around the world - 200 years of Offenbach in Cologne
To mark the start of the Offenbach bicentenary year in 2019, the travelling exhibition provides an overview of the life of Jakob “Jacques” Offenbach (1818-1880). From 14 December 2018 to 15 June 2019, the exhibition is due to stop at several venues in Cologne and one in Paris. In 2019, Cologne will celebrate the composer’s 200th birthday with a major programme of musical events, exhibitions and discussions. The two festival weeks from 9 to 16 June 2019 will mark the high point of the celebrations.
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