K21 shows international contemporary art from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen: On the 3rd floor, the presentation focuses on the new acquisitions of recent years. Collection works by Ed Atkins, Lutz Bacher, Simon Denny, Sabrina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Carsten Nicolai, Hito Steyerl and Raqs Media Collective are shown in individual rooms. Also included in the collection presentation are photographs by Thomas Struth, which, like the large installations by Reinhard Mucha and Tomás Saraceno, have long been part of the holdings of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Tour of International Contemporary Art
The tour does not follow a predetermined order. Room by room, the diversity of contemporary art from the 1980s onwards can be discovered in different constellations. Among the highlights of the new collection presentation is the multimedia installation "SocialSim" (2020) by the internationally acclaimed video artist Hito Steyerl. The work, created for her exhibition "I Will Survive" (2020) at K21, critically examines the information overload of the Internet, the potential of digitality, social simulation and artificial intelligence in times of increasing social dislocation under pandemic conditions. The augmented reality artwork "Amazon Worker Cage" (2019) by Simon Denny is also one of the latest acquisitions of recent years that relate to the theme of the digital in different media and perspectives.
On the 1st floor, the archive of Dorothee and Konrad Fischer, among others, is on display. Documents and works not only make the pioneering work of the Düsseldorf gallery visible, but also show the working methods of outstanding artists* of the second half of the 20th century. Next to the archive is the Salon21. On selected dates, exhibition-related lectures, screenings and public discussions take place here alongside the young discourse program K21 Encounters.This content has been machine translated.