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Top-Exhibitions 2019

Bauhaus, mountains and Baroque

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.

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


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


Kunstsammlung NRW shows key works by Ai WeiWei

The close intertwining of political engagement and artistic work are the focus of a large exhibition of works by the world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Room-filling installations and works from the past ten years can be seen at the two Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen buildings, K20 and K21.

Date: 18 May to 1 September 2019


Nancy Spero – Museum Folkwang, Essen

Nancy Spero is one of the most important American artists of the post-war era, addressing existential aspects of humanity in a multifaceted manner. A large-scale, comprehensive exhibition is to be dedicated to the artist who passed away two years ago. Around eighty works from the period from 1960 to 2008 will be shown, including works on paper, paintings and an extensive installation. The show will then move on to renowned exhibition venues in Scandinavia.

Date: 7 June to 29 August 2019


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

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