Colourful. Modern Prints from the Kemp Collection
From our collection
26 July - 27 October 2013
Due to a generous donation by Willi Kemp, the Collection receives about 1000 prints in 2013, which Ingrid and Willi Kemp have gathered in nearly 60 years.
A first insight into this great and diverse collection is provided by a selection focused on the subject of colour. All sheets, abstract or figurative, are connected through their intense colours. Most of the works were created in the 1950s and 1960s and they seem to want to banish the tristesse of the postwar period with the use of bright colour hues and clear shapes. These fresh and lively colours, spread optimism and an atmosphere of departure.
Chronologically, the exhibition starts in the year 1949 with a colour lithograph by Werner Heldt depicting a row of houses in in Berlin. Figurative works of Fernand Leger, Valerio Adami und Martial Raysse are presented as well as abstract works by Josef Albers, Winfred Gaul, Rupprecht Geiger and Ellsworth Kelly. Furthermore, a number series by Robert Indiana and pictorial colour fields by Ulrich Erben are shown in the exhibition.
14. September 2013 – 9. Februar 2014
Together with Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer is among the first generation of Bernd Becher’s photography class at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. Her works are characterised by cool objectivity, a precise grasp of details, and, above all, by a keen interest in structures and order in public spaces. Since her studies at the Düsseldorf Academy, the famous photographer Candida Höfer has been finding motifs in Düsseldorf time and again.
From autumn 2013 Museum Kunstpalast will be showing an exhibition concentrating for the first time on works created in Düsseldorf within a period of around four decades. The exhibition will be illuminating as much the development of the photographer as that of the city. Particularly interesting are the rare moments in which the artist returns to the same location, often years later, and takes up a motif once again – however, with a new gaze. A number of new works are being created especially for the exhibition, which will comprise approximately 100 works, and many of the existing photographs have never been shown to the public before.
Mirror of the Mind
19th century German Landscape Drawings
From our collection
15 November 2013 - 9 February 2014
In the first half of the 19th century, many artists rebelled against established academic rules. They were looking for possibilities of individual expression in the genre of Landscape Painting, which was at that time little theorized. Landscape Paintings are often “mirrors of the soul”, projection screens for desire and at the same time an experimental ground for the artist’s expertise. For this exhibition, the graphic collection could draw from its rich pool of about 6000 drawings from the 19th century. The exhibition presents a selection of 65 drawings and water colours by outstanding representatives of the era, among them Carl Blechen, Caspar David Friedrich and Adolph von Menzel. All important German art centres of the time like Munich, Berlin, Dresden and Düsseldorf are presented with examples.