SPOT ON: 4 Project rooms

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 – Sun, 1st May 2016

4 Project rooms

- Eat Art
- Hans-Peter Feldmann
- Inken Boje – In good company
- Glass

SPOT ON is the title of a Museum Kunstpalast exhibition series, which at six-month intervals allows visitors to discover or rediscover works or work groups shown in individually designed project rooms.  “Learning from Las Vegas“ is the title of a presentation of furniture and objects from the legendary Studio Alchimia and the Memphis group, which marked the beginning of a new era in design.

Eat Art

30.10.2015 - 1.5.2016

The Restaurant Spoerri, founded in 1968, as well as the Eat Art Gallery that started its activity in the same building in 1970, were a focus of the dynamic Düsseldorf art scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It has been a great opportunity to acquire the collection of Carlo Schröter for the Modern Department of Museum Kunstpalast whose central objective lies in the documentation of the art history of Düsseldorf and the Rhineland. Together with the holdings connected to Creamcheese, the legendary artist’s Café and Discotheque, the artworks and objects from the personal collection of  the Manager of the Restaurant Spoerri are an essential contribution to the revitalization of the most exciting art-historical period in Western Germany. Curiosity and a fondness for experimentation, combined with decisive political engagement, inspired the best artists from Düsseldorf and from abroad to create radical and ephemeral works made for everybody and destined to send art from its lofty ivory tower into real life. The idea to make artworks from edible materials was typical of this period of upheaval in which the concept of art for eternity was put to the test.

The acquisition of the Carlo Collection was generously supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, with additional help by the Freunde Museum Kunstpalast.

Pressglasvase, Entwurf Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Ausführung VLG, Weißwasser, 1939. Sammlung Kroll
Pressglasvase, Entwurf Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Ausführung VLG, Weißwasser, 1939. Sammlung Kroll

Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Glass of the 1930s from the Kroll collection

The art of being modest: Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900–1990) fine-tuned his designs, so that “nobody would really notice and yet everybody affirm” the resulting mass-products. He aimed for his objects to be “nothing special” but simply to be—“entirely contained for and in themselves.” Every minutest detail counted in his search for an unassuming but valid form. Some of these aspects, for decades meticulously assembled by the collector Rüdiger Kroll, will be highlighted in this exhibition.

Inken Boje – In good company

30 October 2015 – 30 January 2016

Since 2005 the Düsseldorf artist Inken Boje has been working on a series of photographic works titled “In good company”, illuminating notions of identity and the public image of modern and contemporary artists. In doing so, she uses the method of self-staging, which became popular in the 1920s. She partly uses well-known and by now iconic originals, but also less known ones – ranging from Paul Gauguin to Joseph Beuys, Louise Nevelson, Ed Kienholz or John Bock.

Hans-Peter Feldmann

16 October 2015 – February 2016

The most important new acquisition of the Collection of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf at Museum Kunstpalast 2015 is the new, large-scale plaster sculpture by Hans-Peter Feldmann after the famous double statue of princesses by Johann Gottfried Schadow dated 1797. Feldmann’s sculpture has been especially made for the Thorn-Prikker-Foyer at Museum Kunstpalast on a life-size scale. Schadow was the father of the painter Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, one of the proponents of the Düsseldorf School of Painting. Alongside the sculpture, a selection of further works by Feldmann will be presented within the context of works by other Düsseldorf artists centred around the work Wunderkammer (1999-2004) from the collection.

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