The Live-Stream

Live Stream to the artwork THE BRIDGE.The Pearl is given away on the Rainbow Bridge

Sunday, October 8th, 2pm

Guided tour with Katrin Mayer (artist) and Eva Birkenstock (director at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen)

Sunday, October 1st, 2 pm

Moultings of the Archive (Kudo and the post-war modernism)

Wednesday, September 20th

5 pm, Kunstverein - Ilka Becker (art historian) talks about her work in the exhibition "Asymmetric Architextures"

8 pm, screening at the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf (Birkenstrasse 47)

Monuments of Metamorphosis, 1969, 27 min., Director: Tetsumi Kudo and Yasuhiro Yoshioka

Your Portrait, 1967, 21 min., Director: Erik van Zuylen, with Tetsumi Kudo, Marjon de Bree et al.

Lecture Dr. Agnieszka Lulinska (Bundeskunsthalle Bonn) about the exhibition "Dossier Gurlitt" (Bundeskunsthalle Bonn) 

Thursday, September 14th, 7 pm, Foyer Kunstverein  


Rita McBride / Christoph Westermeier 


Dramatic reading with Thomas Warham und Raphael Westermeier

Tuesday, September 5th, 7 pm 


Guided tour with Dr. Marie-Luise Otten (art historian, former curator of the "Peter Brüning Estate") and Lidiya Anastasova (curatorial assistant at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen)

Sunday, September 3rd, 2 pm

For the sake of completeness I would like to inform you, that by now the rain reached the office of the Kunstverein  

Guided tour with Gesa Hüwe and Inga Thiele

Sunday, August 6th, 2 pm

In their guided tour For the sake of completeness I would like to inform you, that by now the rain reached the office of the Kunstverein”,art historians Gesa Hüwe und Inga Thiele (who assisted in the conception of the exhibition) give comprehensive insights in their research about the postwar history of the Kunstverein, the activities in the ruins of the old Kunsthalle after the war and the engagement of former director Hildebrand Gurlitt in the reconstruction of the Kunsthalle.

Free entrance for members.


Massive personal constructions. Friedrich Tamms and the Düsseldorf architecture debate

Inputs and conversation with Christina Irrgang, Arne Schmitt and Dr. Ewald Rathke

With a subsequent concert by BAR at Salon des Amateurs

Thursday, August 31st, 7 pm, Inputs and conversation, Foyer Kunstverein

Thursday, August 31st, 9.30 pm, concert, Salon des Amateurs 

Christina Irrgang (art historian, freelance author, musician) will talk about “Kreuzungspunkt: Friedrich Tamms”. Archival materials form the basis for this multimedia investigation of Tamms' role in urban and cultural politics in Düsseldorf around 1967. Using his writings, essays, lectures, and diary entries, Irrgang has produced two sound works: Düsseldorf — ein poröser Zustand (a fictional narrative composed by interspersing quotations from Tamms) and Tamms’ Brücke (relating to passages from Friedrich Tamms' report on the Nordbrücke project). The integration of historical publications surrounding Tamms' urban planning contextualizes his project and its associated network within their time, while colour photographs direct our attention to the visual character of his work, which remains highly distinctive for the transit ways and general urban fabric of Düsseldorf up until today.


In his input presentation “Flexible political structures, massive personal constructions“  Arne Schmitt (artist, author) gives insights in his analysis of 20th century architecture in post-war West Germany. His contribution will further elaborate on his contribution for “Assymmetric Architextures” which was based on texts and documents dealing with the so-called ‘Düsseldorf architecture debate’ and the conflictive periode of the construction of a new Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf in particular.  

Dr. Ewald Rathke, together with Karl-Heinz Hering (director of the Kunstverein from 1955 until 1986), was one of the leading figures in the Düsseldorf art scene of that time and as such deeply involved in the reprogramming of the Kunstverein after its reopening on Grabbeplatz. Together with Karl-Heinz Hering he organised influencial exhibitions such as the very first Dada retrospective in Europe, or first major solo shows after the war by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Sam Francis and many others.

During their concert at Salon des Amateurs, Düsseldorf based band BAR (short for ‘Band am Rhein’ English: Band at the Rhine / Christina Irrgang and Lucas Croon) will (among others) present a new song which BAR composed during the research for the exhibition at the Kunstverein using Tamms' writings, such as essays, lectures, and diary entries.

Inputs and conversations at the Kunstverein: Free Entry for members

Concert BAR, Salon des Amateurs: 5 € 


Asymmetric Architextures

Lectures in the Postwar History of the Kunstverein 

Roy Arden, Ilka Becker, Peter Brüning, Robert Burghardt, Natalie Czech, Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr, Christina Irrgang, HobbypopMUSEUM, Aglaia Konrad, Sarah Kürten, David Lamelas, Katrin Mayer, Rita McBride / Christoph Westermeier, Vanessa Joan Müller, Marie-Luise Otten, Hedda Schattanik / Roman Szczesny, Mark von Schlegell, Arne Schmitt, Studio For Propositional Cinema, Sarah Szczesny, Alexander Jasch / Rita Kersting / Jens Ullrich, Jan Wagner, Alex Wissel et al. 

Friday, July 7th 2017, 7.30 p.m.



Delicate Instruments of Engagement

Ongoing performative action 

By Alexandra Pirici
With Paul Dunca, Paula Gherghe, Farid Fairuz, Maria Mora, Cristian Nanculescu

Saturday, June 24th, 2 – 6 pm

Sunday, June 25th, 11 am – 2 pm & 3 pm – 6 pm 

Thursday, June 29th, 4 – 8 pm 

Friday, June 30th, 4 – 8 pm 

Saturday, July 1st, 11 am – 2 pm & 3 pm – 6 pm

Guided Tour 

Sunday, June 18th 2017, 2 p.m. 

Free admission for members.


Gestures of the Political 

Claire Bishop and Alexandra Pirici

Monday, June 5th 2017, 7 p.m. 

Artist talk

Johannes Paul Raether

Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 8.30 p.m.


Johannes Paul Raether

Saturday, May 27th 2017, 4 p.m.

Stars and Tribes - A collaborative lecture. Daniel Falb (Poet & Geophilosopher, Berlin) & Alicia Frankovich

Thursday, March 23rd 2017 at 7 pm

Alicia Frankovich - Performance

on Saturday, March 25th at 9 pm

Young Girl Reading Group 140 - Dorota Gawęda und Eglė Kulbokaitė

on Sunday, March 26th at 3 pm

On March 26, 2017, 3 pm YGRG invites to participate in a reading group session at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen Düsseldorf. On this occasion you are invited to jointly read a chapter of Preciado’s text Gender, Sexuality, and the Biopolitics of Architecture: Form the Secret Museum to Playboy (2013). 

Twins & Lovers - Performance by Alicia Frankovich

on Friday, April 7th at 9.30 pm

Scenes at an Inauguration by Keren Cytter & Studio for Propositional Cinema

on Friday, 28th of October at 8 p.m. 

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition IN ADVANCE OF A SHIPWRECK: the performance Scenes at an Inauguration by Keren Cytter & Studio for Propositional Cinema will be presented.

Lecture by Saim Demircan

on Tuesday, Dezember 13th at 7.00 p.m.

Curator and art critic Saim Demircan will adress the overlapping interests of the activities by Studio for Propositional Cinema on the one hand, and Canadian Conceptualism of the 60s and 80s on the other. The lecture will be in English.

Entrance 3 Euro. Members are free.

Paul Sharits: Prescription and Collapsed Temporality by Tony Conrad

on Tuesday, 6th December at 7 p.m.

On the occasion of the exhibition IN ADVANCE OF A SHIPWRECK:  the presenation of Paul Sharits: Prescription and Collapsed Temporality by Tony Conrad takes place. Activated by Phillip Schulze.


Lecture / Reading by Aaron Peck

on Sunday, 8th January 2017 at 6 p.m.

The Canadian writer Aaron Peck will present the reading EXCEPT PERHAPS A CONSTELLATION: The Temporal Poetics of The Studio For Propositional Cinema.

Aaron Peck is the author of The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis (2008). Moreover he wrote Letters to the Pacific (2010), an art book in collaboration with Adam Harrison and Dominic Osterried, and more recently a critical monograph, Jeff Wall: North & West (2015). In 2012, Peck was invited to participate, as a “writer-in-residence” in the art exhibition Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany. As an art critic, he frequently contributes to Artforum Canadian Art and has written a number of exhibition catalog essays on artists such as Jeff Wall, Corin Sworn, and Wei-li-Yeh. He has given talks at numerous museums, such as the Serpentine Galleries, Dia:Beacon, the Julia Stoschek Collection, and the Western Front. Aaron Peck is currently a lecturer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC, where he received the Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011.

Entrance is free.

Catalogue presentation and talk with Dietmar Lutz und Kathleen Rahn (Director Kunstverein Hannover)

on Sunday, September 4th at 3.00 p.m. in the Foyer of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

On the occasion of the publication we like to kindly invite you to the catalogue presentation and talk with Dietmar Lutz and Kathleen Rahn, director of the Kunstverein Hannover. This catalogue appeared on the occasion of the group exhibition »Mental Diary« (6.6.–23.8.2015) in the Kunstverein Hannover and was published together with the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

Along with an interview by Catherine Wood (Curator for Performance, Tate Modern) with the artist the book - that is being realised with the generous support from the Stiftung Zukunft NRW - contains essays by Ute Stuffer (Curator, Kunstverein Hannover) und Prof. Dr. Robert Fleck (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf).