Leonor Antunes

Villa, how to use

October 22 th 2011 until January 15th 2012

The works of the Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes (*1972) are characterized by multifaceted references to architecture and modern design. Her sculptures are based on abstractions of architectural motives and fragments as well as on her individual interest in metric systems used for the survey of space. Antunes usually presents her objects in correspondence with the respective exhibition space and in direct relation to the specific floor, walls and ceiling. So ultimately, her works redefine the relation between object and viewer because the audience encounters the art on a course between abstract interior and autonomic art pieces.


Eine Gruppenausstellung in mehreren Teilen

May 20th until October 3rd 2011

Aram Tanis, Jochen Weber, René Zeh, Nicole Wermers, Katrin Mayer, Sofie Thorsen

For Habitat, a room divider is used to split the Kunstverein into two equal spaces. Alternating in a three-week rhythm, a solo exhibition is on show in the left or right exhibition space, respectively. During the course of one exhibition, the other is being installed. A total of six exhibitions reference each other thematically but also function autonomously. Habitat has a dynamic effect on institutional exhibition operations and provides space for spontaneous as well as artistic interventions planned on a long-term basis.

Michał Budny


February 19th until May 1st 2011

Polish artist Michał Budny constructs sculptures out of cardboard and paper. He translates everyday objects, natural forms or intangible, personal memories onto paper and cardboard. Items such as maps, mobile phones, books or CD players are cut out of simple cardboard, folded and glued in the same accurate manner as cacti or fantasy dream castles. The result is an alternative world in papery minimalistic aesthetic that opens the view through the mundane to the poetic and existential. Michał Budny’s objects are “models for mental use”, catalysts for a multifaceted view of our direct surroundings.

Real Presences

Marcel Broodthaers today

September 11th 2010 until January 16th 2011

During his lifetime, Broodthaers was one of the most influential artists of his generation. Today, over 30 years after his death, his work is as relevant as ever. References to the visual theories and themes of his oeuvre – such as questioning the museum as an institution, examining imagination and outer appearance as a deconstruction of the cinematic image, and the relationship between language, writing and images – can be found in the work of numerous contemporary artists. Ideas that were treated much later under the heading of institutional criticism also turn up in Broodthaers’ work, whose radical, pioneering qualities survive to this day.

Henrik Plenge Jakobsen


June 26th until August 22nd 2010

The Danish artist Henrik Plenge Jakobsen examines the effects of political, economic and social structures on our lives. For him, art and reality are not separate fields that can be temporarily merged with each other. Art rather represents one of these realities, from which our own reality is comprised. Jakobsen has conceived an exhibition for the Kunstverein that deals with the history of the computer manufacturer IBM.

Florian Pumhösl

March 20th until May 24th 2010

The works by the Austrian artist Florian Pumhösl on show at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen are linked to notions of an expansive ensemble encompassing various art forms. Characteristic of Florian Pumhösl’s working method is the question of the hierarchy between his own authorship and his sources, namely what he takes up as historical references or concrete borrowings and what he can depict himself. At the core of the exhibition is the 24-part cycle “Moving Stage” that was produced between 2008 and 2010 and is being shown in its entirety for the first time.

Dance in My Experience

November 28th 2009 until February 28th 2010

The exhibition Dance in My Experience asks what happened to the often utopian ideas of the 1968 era. The show does not argue historically but focuses on works by a younger generation of contemporary artists who take a look back at the revolutionary ideas of that time from a present-day perspective. What remains of the idea and ideals? What is an expression of the time and what has timeless qualities? A group exhibition with works by: Manon de Boer, Henning Bohl, Tom Burr, Claire Fontaine, Brice Dellsperger, Josephine Meckseper, Michaela Meise, Aleksandra Mir and Hanna Schwarz.

Dubai Düsseldorf

August 29th until November 8th 2009

What if, in this era of globalization, not only corporations from different countries and continents merged but cities as well? Which synergies might such a fusion generate? Which imaginations and energies might the mere announcement unleash?

Germaine Kruip

Aesthetics as a Way of Survival

May 30th until August 9th 2009

The solo exhibition of the Dutch artist Germaine Kruip (born 1970) will present new artworks especially created for the show. Upon entering the stage-like spaces—equipped with minimal means—Kruip makes the viewer the actual agent in her spatial interventions. She confronts the viewer with the question of the relationship between fiction and reality, authenticity and representation. Are we dealing with representations of reality or constructs, portrayals or inventions?

Isabelle Cornaro

February 7th until May 10th 2009

Cornaro's sculptures, drawings and installations revolve around the organisation of perspectives, distance and proximity, as well as the interplay between figurative, symbolic and real space. The way in which landscape is perceived coupled with the cultural over-accentuation of nature play a central role here. In particular French landscape gardens from the 18th Century and their treatment in painting provide the starting point for her consideration of fundamental questions of representation and perception, the constructive over-accentuation of our world and the relationship between the representational and the abstract.

Ian Wallace

October 19th 2008 until January 11th 2009

Alongside Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ken Lum Ian Wallace (*1943) is among the protagonists of conceptual photography from Vancouver. As professor at the University of British Columbia he taught amongst others Jeff Wall. While his works are in the collections of leading museums in Canada and the USA, he is yet little known in Europe. The starting point of his work is in abstract painting evocative of Minimal Art. But from the late 1960s on it is the medium of photography that largely affects his artistic practice. Therewith connected are profound issues of the status of the image, its representational function, its political and social implications and its shift in meaning when in an art context.

The Perception of ideas leads to new ideas

August 2nd until September 28th 2008

Bernadette Corporation / Claire Fontaine / Reena Spaulings, Kerstin Cmelka, Claire Fontaine, Iain Forsyth / Jane Pollard, Joachim Koester, Jon Knowles, Jonathan Monk, Falke Pisano, Mario Garcia Torres

Perception of ideas leads to new ideas is No. 21 in Sol Le Witt's famous sentences on Conceptual Art. The nine artists participating in the exhibition have originated works which can in turn be classed as re-makes of works dating from the 1960s and 70s. They extend beyond a loose referentiality and adopt concrete examples of works from the historical genre of conceptual art in order to endow them with a specific, contemporary slant.

Eske Schlüters

The Similar and the Possible - Levels of Enactment

May 3th until July 20th 2008

Using individual and multiple filmic projections, Eske Schlüters (*1970) investigates the understanding of moving pictures and cinematic sequences, which are themselves not governed by a tight narrative structure. Her open narrative method plays upon conceptual thinking, disturbs it discovering new meaning. Schlüters' projections experiment with found material and as such constitute an interplay of words, sounds and images redolent of their metaphorical character and the bigger picture or context, which has been lost from view. By exclusively using cinematic material from other directors' films, Schlüters is writing a personal history of film in which fleeting instances of complex atmospheres come into being. No longer integral to a given narrative framework, the images speak for themselves. They are not quotations but memories of something that has been seen that can no longer be unequivocally recapitulated.

Ulla von Brandenburg

Where there is a network of red over the green

February 16th until April 20th 2008

Ulla von Brandenburg uses a variety of media - drawings and silhouettes are juxtaposed with wall paintings, works in cloth with 16 mm films. Her works refer to older, inherently expressive or theatrical conventions of representation, such as tarot cards and early photography, but also tableaux vivants and funfair sensations. Von Brandenburg adapts the poses and gestures of these representations or perhaps a theatrical quality, which examines the relationship of appearance and reality in abstract manner. In so doing she is less interested in adopting existing content than in formal staging, which exposes a wealth of cultural and representational patterns of interpretation. She traces social behavioural patterns, rules and rituals without giving them concrete expression. The bias towards the ornamental, which characterises many of her designs, is geared more to the delineation of representative patterns of order, which can be transferred to the individual and society. Moreover, von Brandenburg's often historically inspired motifs function by means of their transference to a current temporal mode of reference, rather like a filter placed between representation and reception. It is precisely the inherent ambiguity of the scenarios that turn the viewer into an accomplice in the assumed act of deciphering.


October 21th 2007 until January 20th 2008

Palermo, the name had been found and slowly it came to stand for the hand belonging to the greatest painter of this generation …, wrote Georg Jappe in 1977, shortly after Peter Heisterkamp, who artist's pseudonym was Palermo, died unexpectedly at the age of 33. The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen will celebrate their 40th anniversary in their home on the Grabbeplatz with an exhibition of his works specifically conceived to accommodate the spatial properties of the building itself. In conjunction with this celebration, which has been designed to render visible both the architecture as well as the institutions themselves, for which it was originally built, a comprehensive overview of Palermo's (1943-1977) work is to be shown for the first time in the town that was at the centre of his life for so many years.

Capital Glamour

Juli 21th until  September 30th 2007

Andreas Fogarasi, Bernhard Kahrmann, David Maljkovic, Pernille Kapper Williams 

The group show Capital Glamour circles around the wholesale aesthetisization of the worlds we inhabit and their collective ambivalences. On the one hand it is about the transformation of entire cities into all embracing vehicles for advertising and on the other, the artistic engagement with such glamour-filled concepts, which are posited neither on an affirmative appreciation nor a simple critique of commodity aesthetics. The frequently conceptual character of the works distils for its part more the visual potential of these applied aesthetics taken from advertising and marketing strategies, rendering them accessible on the abstract level of replacement.

Gerard Byrne

May 5th until July 8th 2007

The photographic and filmic works of the Irish artist Gerard Byrne refer back to texts and images, in which social sensitivities and concerns are dealt with in a subtle manner. The spectrum ranges from a conversation with Jean Paul Sartre to interviews in various lifestyle magazines from the 1960s and 1970s dramatically re-enacted by Byrne. The fact that, in retrospect, often very little remain of past visions, even though they still always seem to retain a certain actuality, runs throughout his work like a basic motif.

Städtische Bühne

April 15th until 25th 2007

Markus Ambach, Jana Debus, Angela Fette, Christiane Fochtmann, Daniela Georgieva, Marcus Herse, Christian Jendreiko, Henry Latz, André Niebur, Anne Pöhlmann, Jan Wagner, Jochen Weber, Jost Wischnewski 

For ten days the Kunstverein presents short term exhibitions, film screenings and performances. During this time Kunstverein functions as a stage for experimental formats and presentations. The program divides into (almost daily) evening events as well as setting days on which Kunstverein is open during the day.

Words and Things

February 3rd until April 9th 2007

Alexander Gutke, Annette Kelm, Susanne Kriemann, Matthias Meyer, Christopher Williams 

Words and things have a somewhat arbitrary relationship to one another. Any thinking about the constitution of language incorporates therefore thinking about the cognition of reality, images and things. How do language and systems of categorization determine reality and the portrayal of reality? Is our perception governed by what we think we know? In his book The Order of Things, the original title of which translating as Words and Things, the French philosopher Michel Foucault investigates different historical systems of classification with regard to ways in which the world is apprehended. The group exhibition Words and Things features a series of photographs and films by international artists, who, in the broadest sense possible, engage in with questions of representation and show how aesthetic and cultural meaning often emanates primarily from the interpretation of images.