Image and Space

Variétés - Le Surréalisme en 1929, 1929, (known as the Surrealist map of the world), prints, illustrated books, photomechanical reproduction, letterpress

museum global - Excentric Modernity

Exhibition and Research Project at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

As part of its research project “museum global” the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen directs attention to other possible narratives of modernism beyond the Western canon. The central question is: In a society so characterised by diversity, how do we deal with a contained collection of European and North American-based modern art? What other perspectives, themes and questions – also with regard to the museum’s own collection – can serve to open our eyes to other modernist traditions on the South American, African or Asian continent? And how does this impact our understanding of modernism in general?

The research activities and exhibitions on “Global Art” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will concentrate on the period from 1905 to 1945. In this respect, the Kunstsammlung aims to set itself apart from numerous exhibitions and biennials which generally focus on contemporary art. The aim is to tell the stories of the art collection from a new perspective and re-examine modernity and the art canon, on which it is constructed. The goal of the Kunstsammlung – both in the project and exhibition phase – is to develop model and sustainable strategies for presenting Global Art. As the collection itself serves as the starting point of the project, these strategies could have consequences for the focus of the collection in the long term.

Team of the project: Kathrin Beßen, Janine Blöß, Susanne Gaensheimer, Julia Hagenberg, Doris Krystof, Nóra Lukács, Isabelle Malz, Maria Müller-Schareck, Sarah Schmeller, Peter Schüller, Melanie Vietmeier, Thelma Marimba Williamson

"To whom does the museum belong?"
Questions and Prerequisites Regarding Museum Mediation in the Global Context

1820 January 2017, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20 Grabbeplatz

“To whom does the museum belong?” This seemingly simple question will be focus of discussion at a symposium of the same name, recast against the background of changing societies. It will serve as the starting point for reflecting on new forms of presentation and revealing cultural content and objects from a different perspective.

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10.11.2018 - 10.03.2019 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20, Düsseldorf Exhibition "Excentric Modernity"
18.01.2017 - 20.01.2017 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K20, K21 and F3 Schmela Haus), Düsseldorf Symposium "To whom does the museum belong?"
20.01.2016 - 22.01.2016 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K20, K21 and F3 Schmela Haus), Düsseldorf Academic Conference “museum global? Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904-1950”