News and Events - K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

K20K21 Library at the Grabbeplatz

The library of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is a special art library of the 20th and 21st centuries. The stock of more than 115.000 books includes monographs, exhibition catalogues, reference books, bulletins, newspapers and an increasing volume of audio-visual media like videos and CDs.

The library is located in the K20 Kunstsammlung at the Grabbeplatz. There our guests find several workstations and a reading area with international art magazines.

No books may be taken from the reference library. Photocopies can be provided for a small charge. Database research is possible and an external online use is projected.

Opening Hours

Tuesdays to Thursdays
10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

KPMG Art evenings

A constantly changing programme with various thematic guided tours and events is held in K20 and K21 at 6.00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, within the series of KPMG Art evenings. (Guided tours and lectures in German only.) Open until 10.00 p.m., free entry from 6.00 p.m.

The Bikes Pedal Onward

The bike season has started. MuseumsBikes are available for use to visitors of both Kunstsammlung buildings, making it possible to take the quickest and most pleasant routes between the K20 and the K21.
Three years ago, the Kunstsammlung became Germany's first cultural institution to offer such a service, thus far with great success.

Thanks to support from the Brauerei Brewery as well as a collaboration with the Aktionsgemeinschaft Düsseldorfer Heimat- und Bürgervereine (Action group of Düsseldorfer municipal and citizens initiatives), the K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has been able to increase its stock of city bikes to 19. Until autumn, these bikes are available for use free of charge to all visitors who purchase a museum admissions ticket.

The MuseumsBike project began as an initiative launched by members of ProK20K21, the Volunteers of the Kunstsammlung, and will be supervised by them in the future.

Upon receipt of your refundable € 20 deposit, a MuseumsBike is available for your use from Tuesday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Expansion of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20

With the preparation of a feasibility study for a Citizen’s Hall, the expansion of the K20 and the enlargement of a subterranean garage on the premises lying between Ratinger Straße/Ratinger Mauer and Paul Klee Platz, the provincial government and the city of Düsseldorf have agreed to proceed in concert with this project, a substantial undertaking in urban planning terms.

In 2004, the Copenhagen office of Dissing & Weitling (which had also designed the museum building at Grabbeplatz, inaugurated in 1986) was commissioned with the requisite preliminary planning. This plan constitutes the basis for the construction of an extension to the Kunstsammlung North Rhine-Westphalia. This ensures the museum a unified appearance regarding both interior and exterior.

It had long been evident that the promised erection of an annex, discussed repeatedly over the past 15 years and envisaged by the respective provincial governments, would be an absolute necessity if the collection owned by the Federal State of NRW was to more adequately fulfill its tasks and functions. On the one hand, it is a question of making the considerable art holdings of the Foundation and of the Federal State sufficiently accessible to the public in an optimal manner. On the other, there exists an unfulfilled need for enough exhibition space to allow the mounting of regular exhibitions that are both substantive in scholarly terms while stimulating broad public interest, yet without leaving the larger portion of the permanent collection to languish in storage depots, in some cases for many years.

The opening of the former “Ständehaus” (Assembly Building), that is to say, the K21, with its smaller cabinetsized galleries, has hardly improved the situation of the K20. This circumstance, moreover, was evident to all of the parties involved when the conversion of the Ständehaus was resolved upon and implemented. In this sense, the cabinet decision of March 21, 2006 amounts to a belated confirmation of that which had been agreed upon already in early 1995 between the Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the prime minister at that time, the State Chancellery, and the competent ministry, i.e., that the expansion of the museum at Grabbeplatz would be taken in hand once the conversion of the Ständehaus had been completed.

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