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Between Rhine, Kunstakademie and Hofgarten An astonishing wealth of art is on display in Düsseldorf in a relatively small area. Numerous museums and galleries – all within walking distance of the Rhine and Hofgarten – provide for extraordinary art experiences all year round. Apart from the works of both young and established con- temporary artists, there are also modernist works to discover. In summer, the inner courtyard of Ehrenhof is a sought-after spot for many museum visitors. There is no other city of this size which is home to so many important international artists, where there are so many galleries, and where art is so much a part of everyday life. Düsseldorf’s Kunstakademie is the heart and soul of the city. Illustrious artists, the likes of Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, Jörg Immendorff, Gerhard Richter, Andreas Gursky or Katharina Fritsch, have always studied and taught here, and today Düsseldorf’s world-class standing as an art city still rests on the Kunstakademie. The academy opens its doors to the public twice a year when students show their new work. The fact that art can be found on every street corner in Düsseldorf is also down to Joseph Beuys who came to fame with felt and fat. Beuys, who was a Kunstakademie professor from 1961 to 1972, provoked with his works and ideas. The law suit about the “fat corner” which a janitor had mopped away is famous. He left the city a mantra that continues to shape it today: “Everybody is an artist.” An art city by tradition: The path leads from the “Düsseldorf School of Painting” of the 19th century to Paul Klee, the “ZERO” artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, and the great photograph- ers of the Becher School right up to the present day. beuys 2021. 100 years of joseph beuys Joseph Beuys was one of the 20th century’s most import- ant artists. The centenary of his birth in 2021 offers an op- portunity for around 20 museums and cultural institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia to recognise, rediscover and critically examine the artist, his complex work and his international standing. The exhibition “Joseph Beuys – Everybody is an Artist” at K20 in Düsseldorf offers an insight into the artist’s cosmopolitan attitude as manifested in his actions. Works will be on display that show Beuys as a revolutionary or shaman, or occasionally as an alchemist, fool, researcher, gardener, politician, redeemer, artist, teacher or animal. Joseph Beuys, Scheveningen, 1976, Photo: Caroline Tisdall
Rhineland Independent An initiative of private collections and foundations for modern and contemporary art in the Rhineland. So much art in the city! B Julia Stoschek Collection Schanzenstraße 54 | 40549 Düsseldorf www.jsc.art I KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation Kaistraße 10 | 40221 Düsseldorf www.kaistrasse10.de On the other side of the Rhine, Julia Stoschek has enriched Düsseldorf by giving it a private museum. The Julia Stoschek Collection presents contemporary art which focuses on time-based media. Stoschek’s preference is for video work, installations and photography: “My generation’s art,” as the collector puts it. KAI 10, founded by Monika Schnetkamp, shows group exhibitions of international present-day art. Not the collection but rather the diversity of current art creation is central to the projects. The 600-square-metre exhibi- tion hall is housed in a former warehouse in the MedienHafen. K Langen Foundation Raketenstation Hombroich 1 | 41472 Neuss www.langenfoundation.de F Philara Collection Birkenstraße 47 a | 40233 Düsseldorf www.philara.de The Langen Foundation has its roots in the collection of founder Marianne Langen and her husband, Viktor. The gallery of the Jap- anese architect Tadao Ando is itself a work of art. The Langen Foundation’s programme is devoted to dialogue between Eastern and Western culture, and particularly to engaging with contemporary art. The collector Gil Bronner created spectacular art spaces which won several architectural awards in Düsseldorf in a former glass factory in the traditional workers’ quarter Flingern. The collection has close ties with the Kunstakademie and local artists which Bronner however juxtaposes with inter- nationally renowned artists. K Just a stone’s throw away Just outside the city, the Museum Insel Hom- broich, surrounded by greenery, is a world in itself. This museum in Neuss, only half an hour away from Düsseldorf, consists of over a dozen buildings scattered around sprawling landscap ed grounds. The neighbouring Raketenstation Hombroich, formerly a NATO missile base, is now a living and working space for artists and scientists. Getting there: by car (30 minutes from Düsseldorf city centre) Further information: www.inselhombroich.de B In Düsseldorf, many art spaces are very close together. The number of key art museums is exceptional and they are all within walking distance of each other. With the historical ensemble of buildings around the Ehrenhof, the Altstadt (Old Town) and the Carlstadt there are three compact areas full of art, connected by the Kunstakademie. J ZERO foundation Hüttenstraße 104 40215 Düsseldorf www.zerofoundation.de The ZERO movement, which was founded in Düsseldorf in 1958, revolutionised post-war art. Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker created art from light and movement, from air and fire. The ZERO foundation is the place where international art avant-garde is researched and presented today. Only open for special exhibitions and events. I K G A C H
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf Eiskellerstraße 1 | 40213 Düsseldorf www.kunstakademie-duesseldorf.de Repeated upheaval, constantly reaching new shores, special stories again and again: in 1978 the nail artist Günther Uecker and the water artist Klaus Rinke were appointed as professors and rode on camels through the hallways of the Eiskellerberg building. Today almost everything that happens in Düsseldorf’s museums and ateliers is somehow con- nected with this building. D Kunstsammlung NRW K20 Grabbeplatz Grabbeplatz 5 | 40213 Düsseldorf www.kunstsammlung.de H Kunstsammlung NRW K21 Ständehaus Ständehausstraße 1 | 40217 Düsseldorf www.kunstsammlung.de K20 has an international reputation as a museum of modernist art with masterpieces by artists from Henri Matisse to Gerhard Richter and from Pablo Picasso to Joseph Beuys. There are also selected works of non-European origin. The collection extends into the second half of the 20th century and includes highlights of US pop art. The Sarah Morris Wall beside the museum is an Instagram hotspot. For friends of important collections of modern art. The Renaissance Revival palazzo for 21st cen- tury art was recently reopened as a museum for international contemporary art. Newer works include photography by Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer and Thomas Ruff, as well as works by Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Schütte and Marina Abramovic. Below the glass dome, Tomás Saraceno’s walkable net installation floats in mid-air. For friends of the unusual, the bizarre and the noisy. D E Art:walk With the Art:walk, you can enjoy a special museum tour in the heart of the city. It is not only the art waiting to be discovered that is extraordinary. The route takes in a number of listed parks as well as some of the most beautiful spots in Düsseldorf – among them the Hofgarten, the Königsallee and the Kö-Bogen, the Ständehauspark and the Rhine embankment promenade. For 25 euros, the Art:walk48 ticket offers unlimited access to the collections and exhibitions at the six major museums along the route. www.visitduesseldorf.de/artwalk48 J F A Kunstpalast Ehrenhof 4–5 | 40479 Düsseldorf www.kunstpalast.de C NRW-Forum Düsseldorf Ehrenhof 2 | 40479 Düsseldorf www.nrw-forum.de Kunstpalast is Düsseldorf’s treasure chamber – from Beuys to Richter and Rubens. Apart from the paintings and graphic art, there is also a design collection and one of the world’s biggest glass collections. An exhibition area of over 4,000 square metres offers plenty of space for the art – one would think. However, when some extravagant sports cars were exhibited once, four tonnes of concrete had to be cut away first. For lovers of the fine line between art and design. The NRW-Forum has a special feel for ground- breaking themes. Topical focal points include robotics and digital art. The creative commu- nity appreciates it as an international space for experiments and creative networking. At the same time, the NRW-Forum is not only an ex- hibition centre but also a production location – inclusive of DJ evenings and concerts. Soda Books, a special shop for beautiful magazines, is also at home at the NRW-Forum. For friends of photography, pop and digital culture. E Kunsthalle Düsseldorf Grabbeplatz 4 | 40213 Düsseldorf www.kunsthalle-duesseldorf.de G KIT – Kunst im Tunnel Mannesmannufer 1 b | 40213 Düsseldorf www.kunst-im-tunnel.de Kunsthalle and Kunstverein have resided in the concrete building on Grabbeplatz since the end of the 1960s. Joseph Beuys would have loved to have the building blown up, but today the Brutalist architecture is seen as visionary. The Kunsthalle is a place for avant-garde exhi- bitions which is why it has always attracted an international audience. The supposed museum café is an electro club – Salon des Amateurs and its DJs are world famous. Art in public places: Beuys’s legendary oven pipe extends from the inside to the outside. For friends of experiments and international events. KIT is a 140-metre-long underground exhibition space directly beneath the Rhine embankment promenade. Young graduates of the Kunst- akademie show their contemporary art there in the areas of sculpture, painting, photography, video and installation art at temporary exhibi- tions. A special tip for strollers is the monolithic KIT Café that looms on the Rhine embankment. In summer, one has the best view of the Rhine outside in front of the museum. For friends of young and diverse contemporary art.
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Curated by #VisitDuesseldorf: New Urban Walks Urban Art Walk – Street Art and Graffiti in Düsseldorf Some of Europe’s best urban artists have immortalised themselves on Düsseldorf’s walls. They combine classic art genres with pop, punk, graffiti or street art, and reflect today’s thinking. Klaus Rosskothen, local gallery owner and scene insider invites you to discover these unknown places. From the Modern to the Future – Icons of Architecture Star architects are celebrated today like rock stars. Our guided tour shows how closely the past and future of Düsseldorf’s urban landscape are linked by their architecture. One of the latest examples is Daniel Libeskind’s Kö-Bogen which was built not far from Dreischeibenhaus and Schauspielhaus. Wehrhahn Line – Art Meets Architecture on the Underground “Art and Magic in a German Metro” is how the New York Times describes our spectacular underground line in the heart of the city. The design concept evolved out of an unusual collaboration between artists and engineers. Each of the six stations has a distinctive character and contains no commercial advertising. i Can also be booked individually as group tours. More information and bookings: www.visitduesseldorf.de/citytours Published by: Benrather Straße 9 40213 Düsseldorf T +49 211 17 202-0 email@example.com www.visitduesseldorf.de Cover: Peter Vincent Causemann; Photo: Markus Luigs for Düsseldorf Tourismus Illustrations: KittoKatsu, kittokatsu.de All information is subject to change without notice and is not intended to be exhaustive. 02/2019-EN 5.000