Art and culture in
Whether art, architecture, theatre, ballet or music - Düsseldorf is definitely in the international premier league when it comes to culture. The concentration of museums in the Rhine metropolis is unique, and not just in Germany. The city is also brimming with world-class architecture. The Gehry buildings in the MedienHafen and the Kö-Bogen by Daniel Libeskind are just two of the outstanding examples.
An institution of the theatre is at home right next to the Kö-Bogen: The Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus is the only state theatre in North Rhine-Westphalia. Its prestigious staging exudes its appeal far beyond the boundaries of the region.
The same applies to the Oper and Ballett am Rhein (Opera and the Ballet on the Rhine). While friends of the opera enjoy Germany's largest ensemble of singers, the ballet regularly enthuses audiences with its celebrated productions. However, Düsseldorf does not only focus on fine arts; subcultures also come together in this cosmopolitan city and are well-loved. The lively music scene has spawned world famous groups such as Die Toten Hosen or Kraftwerk and has given birth to its own identity somewhere between punk and electro. The same applies to the visual arts. Movements such as Zero, German Pop Art or the Düsseldorf School of Painting, artists such as Joseph Beuys or photographers such as the Bechers and their students have shaped and continue to shape the cultural scene of Düsseldorf. All this ensures a rich artistic heritage.