2023 exhibition program – Announcements

Etel Adnan

April 1, 2023—July 16, 2023

Chaim Soutine
September 2, 2023–April 14, 2024


March 11—August 6, 2023

isaac julienne
September 16, 2023–February 2024

Andrea Buttner
October 21, 2023–February 2024

Etel Adnan: from April 1, 2023 to July 16, 2023
​Press conference: Thursday March 30, 2023, 11 a.m. at K20

The Lenbachhaus in Munich and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf are jointly organizing the first comprehensive monographic exhibition of Etel Adnan’s work in Germany. Born in Beirut, Etel Adnan (1925-2021) is an important representative of modernism. His artistic and literary work is characterized by a great exchange experienced between the Arab and Western worlds. The work of the poet, journalist, painter and philosopher, who has spent her life between Lebanon, France and California, mixes very different art forms, media, languages ​​and cultures. After the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962), Adnan refused to continue working in French and solidarized with Algeria: “I no longer needed to write in French, I was going to paint in Arabic. His political clarity, as well as the close connection between writing and painting, became an essential characteristic of his work.

An exhibition cooperation of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and the Kunstbau München and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, curated by Sébastien Delot, Direk-tor LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Rudolf August Oetker Foundation.

Chaïm Soutine: September 2, 2023 – April 14, 2024
Press conference: Thursday August 31, 2023, 11 a.m. at K20

The Kunstsammlung devotes an exhibition to the magnificent work of Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943). His paintings are explosions of color, beautiful and radical at the same time. He paints pages, cooks, altar boys: people who, like him, find themselves at the bottom of society. With these, as with the paintings of flickering landscapes and slaughtered animals, he captured the torn attitude towards life of an entire era.
Soutine grew up in Belarus. In 1913, he moved to Paris. Although the metropolis became his adopted homeland, Soutine would remain a foreigner throughout his life, having a poor command of the French language and remaining a stranger to social mores. The dominant theme of the exhibition is emigration and the resulting permanent uprooting of the individual. This individual and social phenomenon spans an arc into the present day, in which uprooting has become an integral part of the modern attitude to life in the 21st century. Soutine, who had an enormous influence on painting after 1945, is one of the main exponents of classical modernism; in Germany, he is revered in artistic circles.

JENNY HOLZER: from March 11 to August 6, 2023
Press conference: Thursday March 9, 2023, 11 a.m. at K21

From March 11, 2023, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will present an extensive exhibition of the internationally renowned American artist Jenny Holzer (b. 1950). Since the 1970s, Holzer has been renowned for her stimulating use of text in various media and her pioneering adaptation of new technologies. Holzer’s Dusseldorf exhibition, spanning K21’s Bel Etage and temporary exhibition galleries, will range from posters to paintings and stone works, tackling topics such as war, absurdity and populism. In keeping with Holzer’s deeply democratic approach and artistic practice, his works challenge viewers to confront conflicting perspectives and find their own empathetic and open-minded positions in complex debates. This makes the exhibition a public forum for discussing current global challenges.

Ströer is partner of Jenny Holzer’s exhibition.

Isaac Julien: September 16, 2023–February 2024
Press conference: Thursday September 14, 2023, 11 a.m. at K21

The first retrospective exhibition in Germany devoted to the work of British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien (born in 1960 in London) reveals the scope of a revolutionary body of work from its emergence in the 1980s to the present day. Julien’s critical thinking, aimed above all at an intense engagement with the culture and history of colonialism, is expressed in his early films, as well as in the highly aesthetic cinematic images of major and internationally acclaimed video installations of the past twenty years. .

The exhibition is being developed in cooperation with Tate Britain in London, where it will be on view from April 27 to August 20, 2023.

Andrea Büttner: October 21, 2023–February 2024
Press conference: October 19, 2023, 11 a.m. at K21

In her artistic practice, Andrea Büttner (born in 1972 in Stuttgart) combines art history with social and ethical issues. His research focuses on themes as diverse as poverty, shame, work, craftsmanship, religion, valuing, vulnerability, community, botany, philosophy and art, qu she examines in their ambivalence. tension between aesthetics and ethics. The internationally acclaimed artist uses a variety of conceptual methods, materials and media – from woodcut, painting, drawing, print and photography to installation, video, sculpture, glass art and ceramics – to ask fundamental questions about the relationship between intimate art production and public exhibition, between mechanisms of representation and attributions of value in art and society.
With the exhibition at K21, Andrea Büttner aims to bring together the different aspects of her current research and work. Thematically, she focuses on the structural connection between shame, work, power and the question of value creation processes and valuation systems, art historical images of so-called punishments of shame and their contemporary relevance, arts and crafts as a political field and its ambivalent role in the formation of national and religious identity, and fascist continuities in the environmental movement.

The Bel Étage exhibitions at K21 are supported by the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda Bank West.

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