VENUES & VISITS
‘It is a great pleasure to welcome the CTM 2011 to the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, one of the most exciting art cities in Germany. We are happy to present our collection to art professionals from all over the world – since the building has been under construction for the past two years. So you can expect not only interesting and inspiring talks but also different genres of art from the antiques to now.’
Museum Kunstpalast : host of CTM11
Beat Wismer, General Director, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf Foundation.
Kunst Palast is the cultural landmark of the city of Düsseldorf. The Düsseldorfer Gallerieverein, founded in 19th century, collected many drawings of the Düsseldorfer Malerschule, later given to that collection. The museum for advanced arts, whose opening was in 1883, merged with that museum later. The Kunstmuseum in its actual form opened in 1913, it became a foundation (in private-public partnership) called: "Stiftung museum kunst palast" in 2000. The Collection : The Museum Kunst palast includes objects of fine arts from Classical antiquity to the present, including drawings, sculptures, a collection of more than 70,000 graphic exhibits and photographs, applied arts and design and one of Europe's largest glass collections. The graphic collection includes 14,000 Italian baroque graphics. The collection presents several works from Europe, Japan, Persia/Iran, beginning with the 3rd century B.C. The art collection also includes works from periods such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, the time of Goethe, the 19th century, the 20th century including a large collection of ZERO works, and the present.
The Collection of Museum Kunstpalast
K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-WestfalenBecause of its superior collection, the Kunstsammlung has long enjoyed an outstanding position in the international world of museums. Its focus is on Western European and American modern art. K20 owns excellent individual works from Pablo Picasso to Joseph Beuys, and a large number of Surrealist works. The Kunstsammlung collection includes some 100 works by Paul Klee, and there is a major collection of drawings and works in India ink by Julius Bissier. After World War II the essential focus of the collection is on American art.
European painting, with works by Gerhard Richter, Per Kirkeby und Markus Lüpertz, is another highlight. We should also emphasise the Joseph Beuys collection, with the late major work ‘Palazzo Regale’. The collection is at present complemented by the Günter Ulbricht collection, one of the artist’s last great work-complexes.
K21 features international art from 1980. With large and important works by Marcel Broodthaers und Nam June Paik, it sums up specific points of origin in the 60s and 70s. The first contemporary works.
Experiments, artistic approaches, and sensory experiences. International positions and Düsseldorf artists, new talent and “big” names will all be at home in the unconventional gallery on the Grabbeplatz under the artistic leadership of Gregor Jansen. The Kunsthalle has always been a base for artists – a unique place of possibility.