im Ständehaus

Phone: +49 (0) 211.8381-130
Website: http://www.kunstsammlung.

K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Because 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 works of contemporary art were acquired during the foundation and opening phase of the new building. These essentially include photographic works by Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Jeff Wall, but also a video installation by Eija-Liisa Athila and a sculptural work by Thomas Schütte. In July 2004 the young museum was considerably enlarged, and in a tailor-made fashion, with the acquisition of the Ackermans collection by the region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Having been assembled since the 80s, the collection now juxtaposes works which give outstanding visual form signi... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

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.

The cornerstones of the collection are artists like Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Paul Mc Carthy, Reinhard Mucha, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, Jeff Wall and Franz West, each of whom are represented by several works or sets of works. Other outstanding works are by artists such as Christian Boltanski, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Thomas Demand, Fischli & Weiss, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ilya Kabakov, Juan Muñoz, Tony Oursler, Bill Viola and Rachel Whiteread. With a group of works from the sphere of Arte Povera (Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Michelangelo Pistoletto) a connection is clearly established – as in the works by Broodthaers and Paik – with earlier artistic trends, and hence with the programme of K20.


Picasso – Painting against time
3rd February - 10th June, 2007

Romantic pastorales, disparate couples, nudes, cloak-and-dagger masquerades, self-portraits: these are themes that dominated Pablo Picasso’s art during the late years at Mougins (1960-1972). In this period, a “wild,” restless Picasso – one whose paintings betray an accelerating looseness of painterly execution – is always confronted by a reflective Picasso who narrates in his drawings and graphics with precise draftsmanship and a noticeable delight in detail. This apparent division into painterly and graphic styles is interpreted by Werner Spies, curator of this exhibition, as a sign of panicked fear in the face of the steady elapse of time, as a form of resistance against
temporality itself, against ones own inevitable disappearance. For in all of these works, whether executed at the easel or on paper, the artist has invested a certain quantum of time. Sixty paintings, thirty drawings, sixty graphic sheets and several “collapsible sculptures” serve to vividly embody this dialectic.

More information: www.picasso-k20.de

Gregor Schneider - WEISSE FOLTER
17th March – 15th July, 2007

Visible and invisible, duplicated and doubled, mobile, magic, briefly appearing and vanishing rooms define the oeuvre of Gregor Schneider (*1968 in Mönchengladbach-Rheydt). In 2001 he was awarded with the Golden Lion at the Biennale in Venice for his currently most famous work “Totes Haus u r”. The separate exhibition in Düsseldorf includes works created especially for the show and others dating from the last two years which have never been on display in Germany before. Guided by his desire...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Francis Bacon - The Violence of the Real
16 September 2006 - 7 January 2007

Juan Muñoz - Rooms of My Mind
14 October 2006 – 4 February 2007

20 Years of K20 - Art of the 20th Century
14 July - 27 August 2006

Museums in the 21st Century:
Concepts Projects Buildings
1st April - 25 June 2006

Henri Matisse
Figure Colour Space
29 October 2005 – 26 February 2006

Martin Kippenberger
10 June – 10 September 2006

Mirosław Bałka - Lichtzwang
13 May - 10 September 2006

40yearsvideoart.de - part 1
Digital Heritage: Video Art in Germany from 1963 to the Present

The 80´s
25 March – 21 May 2006

Ambiance - Des Deux Côtés du Rhin
15 October 2005 – 12 February 2006

exhibition 2005: http://www.kunstsammlung.de/index.php?id=31&L=1

Forthcoming exhibitions

Hiroshi Sugimoto
14th July, 2007 – 6th January, 2008

Hiroshi Sugimoto, the Japanese master of photography, combines Far-Eastern traditions with aspects of Western modernism and post-modernism in his artistic approach.

Over the past thirty years, the artist created a stylistically and conceptually coherent oeuvre. His work’s beauty and auratic effect result from the strict formal structuring of his pictures and an elaborate developing technique. Since the beginning of the nineties, Sugimoto has been internationally present with exhibitions at important museums. However, so far only excerpts of his oeuvre have been on display in Germany.

Now the first comprehensive retrospective has been planned including more than 55 photographies and at least one sculpture which will be shown in settings created by the artist himself. The presentation will include examples from all of the artist’s important series, the Wax Portraits, Dioramas, Theaters, Architectures, Seascapes, Pine Trees, Colors of Shadow, Conceptual Forms and probably also from a new series which has not been shown yet.

Jeroen de Rijke – Willem de Rooij
8th December, 2007 – March 2008

Jeroen de Rijke (1970-2006) and Willem de Rooij (born 1969) created many highly acclaimed works in the course of the last 10 years. The analysis of the filmic image in its beauty and its critical potential makes up the core of this oeuvre. The both intelligent and visually precise works explore the con-ventions and messages of filmic aesthetics. Furthermore, they draw attention, not only to the underlying, but also to the open tensions caused by globalisation.
Apart from presenting an overview of the art...+ [ Read all ]


Entrance fees K20 and K21
combined ticket K20K21 see below

6,50 EUR
Adults *

5,- EUR
Groups of 10 or more visitors/per person *

4,50 EUR
Pupils/students reduced *

2,- EUR
School classes per pupil *

3,- EUR
School classes per pupil with guided tour

4,50 EUR
Short Tours - ArtTip at Midday

3,- EUR

1,50 EUR
Reduced lecture

15,- EUR
Family card (2 Adults plus 1-4 children)

4,50 EUR
Seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
(ladies from 63 and gentlemen from 65 years)

* with audio guide plus 1 EUR

13,- EUR
K20 K21 Kombiticket

10,- EUR

K20 K21 Kombiticket (reduced fee)

ATTENTION, only PICASSO exhibition

10,- EUR

8,- EUR
pupils/students (reduced fee)

10,- EUR
pre-registered groups (of under 10 people)

8,- EUR
pre-registered groups (of over 10 people)

school classes (up to 20 pupils including 1 teacher):
3,50 EUR
per pupil (from 11th grade onwards without supervision)
4,50 EUR
per pupil (with supervision)
5,50 EUR
per pupil with workshop including Euro 1 for material

22,- EUR

family ticket

3,- EUR

1,50 EUR

talk (reduced fee)

1,- EUR

Please use the ticketsale! € 11.80 including public transit to and from the museum within the VVR; You can buy tickets here http://www.kunstsammlung.de/index.php?id=420+ [ Read all ]

Opening hours

Opening Hours K20K21

Tuesdays to Fridays 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

1st Wednesday in the month 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m, with a KPMG Kunstabend (Art Evening) beginning at 6 p.m.

During the Picasso exhibition admission only with special ticket.

Getting there

K20 Kunstsammlung am Grabbeplatz

How to find us:

by car
Follow signs for Stadtmitte/Altstadt (see map). Park in the underground car park at the museum.

by tram lines & underground
From the central train station tram lines 703, 706, 712, 713, 715 or underground U74, U77, U78, U79; exit at Heinrich-Heine-Allee.

from the airport
Travel by rail (S1 or S7) to Düsseldorf central station. Proceed as above to Heinrich-Heine-Allee.

K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus

How to find us:

by car
Follow signs for Friedrichstadt (see map). Park in multi-storey car parks "WestLB" (corner of Friedrichstrasse/ Herzogstrasse) and Kirchplatz.

by tram lines
From K20 tram lines 703, 706, 712, 713 or 715, southbound, exit at Graf-Adolf-Platz.

from the airport
Travel by rail (S1 or S7) to Düsseldorf central station. Then take tram lines 704, 709 or 719, exit at Graf-Adolf-Platz.

Please click for a map: http://www.kunstsammlung.de/uploads/pics/k20k21_anfahrt_01.gif


Museum Shop

K20 and K21 each have their own Museum Shop. In these you will find not only exhibition catalogues and the Kunstsammlung’s own publications, but also a wide range of books, design objects, merchandising, new media, games, postcards, posters, art prints and exclusive editions, relating to the collections and the current exhibitions.

Order by telephone on
+49 211 8381 144
or fax +49 211 8381 202

K20 Restaurant Bar Café op de Eck

Opening Hours

5.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.

Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays
11.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m.

Fridays and Saturdays
11.00.a.m. to 2.00 a.m.

Party service - private love dinner picnic hamper etc.
New international cuisine with a weekly changing menu.

Kitchen-Opening Hours

6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

Tuesdays to Fridays
12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m. and
6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

12.00 noon to 11.00 p.m.

Range of drinks with 36 cocktails and 16 open wines included

Happy Hour every day
5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays: Blue Hour
11.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight

each cocktail 6,00 EUR
EC, Eurocard/MasterCard, VISA, Amex

L-formed ground plan - in the bistro 120 seats, in the white set restaurant with view to the garden 40 seats.

Reservation is available, also in private function shady acacia lined terrace every day until midnight.

Since 1984 situated in the harbour area, the op de Eck was relocated to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in 1991. At the corner (op de Eck) again, the name was kept, a classical Rhenish pub name, which is about to disappear.

The op de Eck is a popular spot for artists...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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News and events

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 Kunstsamm...+ [ Read all ]


The programme of the Education Department in the K20 Kunstsammlung am Grabbeplatz and K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus is designed for all visitors, adults, young people and children alike. Its purpose is to educate about the works in the Kunstsammlung and the special exhibitions.

Our intention is to promote the understanding of modern and contemporary art through intensive engagement with the original, precise, deliberate ways of seeing and additional information.

The possibilities range from guided discussions, seminars and practical visual courses for adults via children’s courses and holiday activities to special offers for schools. Audioguides, films and comprehensibly-written catalogues on various aspects of modern and contemporary art round off the material on offer.


Offers for Schools

With advance booking, an educational guided tour for school classes is also available in English. Fee: 1,00 € per pupil. Entry: 2,00 € per pupil and accompanying teacher.

Suggested themes are dispatched separately, and can be requested from the Education Department.

The Education Department Team will be pleased to help you: http://www.kunstsammlung.de/index.php?id=138&L=1


K20K21 Offers for Children

Have you always wanted to know how a museum works? How modern art is made? What famous artists say about their works? And what other kids think about it? Then become a member of Kids’ Art Club!
For an annual membership fee of 20,00 € you’ll receive a VIP club card with the following extras:

1 year free entry to both museums, a club meeting every second Wednesday, at which you can do theoretical and practical work and produce a club homepage, reductions on all children’s classes, regular
information sheets, and lots more.

We look forward to seeing you all.

For additional information about courses and holiday activities in English, please ask our coordinators:

Wybke Wiechell
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 204
Fax: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 300

Regula Erpenbach
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 642
Fax: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 601


K20K21 Offers for Young People

K20K21 invites young people between the ages of 14 and 26 to join the newly founded ArtClub for young people. For an annual subscription fee of 20,00 € you will enjoy a series of benefits:

1 year free entry to both museums, participation in all public events such as guided tours and lectures, regular get-togethers (16+, Art Rendezvous and Practical Art Get-together) featuring both theoretical and practical work, and a reduction of about 20% on all courses for young people and adults, regular information and much more.

For further information on courses in English please consult our coordinators:

Wybke Wiechell
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 204
Fax: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 300

Regula Erpenbach
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 642
Fax: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 601


Offers for Adults

Various different forms of engagement with art are available: seminars held right in front of the originals, encouraging reflection, and courses which, alongside discussion in front of the works in the museum, use practical, visual work on the part of the participants to open up an experimental access to art. The events take the form of weekly meetings that build upon one another, or workshops, usually two days long, held at the weekend.

All classes in German only.

For further information on courses in English please ask our coordinators:

Wybke Wiechell
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 204
Fax: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 300

Regula Erpenbach
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 642
Fax: +49 (0) 211 8381 - 601


Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

The Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.) have accompanied the collection since 1968. The tasks of the association are nowhere more precisely described than in its statutes: the promotion, both material and non-material, of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Of chief importance in this respect is the acquisition of art works. Over the years many otherwise unattainable desires of the Kunstsammlung have been fulfilled.

Anyone living outside Düsseldorf who feels – entirely understandably – primarily linked to the museums in his own city, should not forget, if he lives in North Rhine-Westphalia: the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is also ‘his’ museum, as it is not a Düsseldorf museum, but the regional gallery of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia. There are many good reasons to become a member of the Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. A detailed information brochure is available from the Association’s Secretariat.

Robert Rademacher ___


Sponsors & Media Partners

KPMG director Rüdiger Reinke, Düsseldorf:

"For a long time now the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has been one of the world’s most outstanding museums. So we are very pleased to have been able to provide the extremely successful KPMG Art Evening over the past two years. It has developed into a cultural event in the regional capital, and has become firmly established. Ambitious art needs ambitious sponsors and sponsorship. But the sponsorship of the fine arts is not only a matter for the state. Private initiatives are also called for. Artists, politicians and the people of a region make their own very important contributions as well - as do companies such as KPMG. Our sense of commitment extends beyond our clients and colleagues, and we are very happy to support the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. In this way we are able to give expression to our connections with the region and the people who live here."

As an Exclusive, Lead or Side Sponsor you will have the opportunity to support international exhibitions and other projects in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Sponsoring is a long-term partnership, founded on the principle of mutual service. The service that the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen can offer its sponsors far outstrips the mere inclusion of logos on our publicity materials.

Previews for our key clients, Private Views for your staff, Give Aways related to our exhibitions with your logo are just a few examples of the way that sponsoring can be an effective instrument in strengthening your ties with your clients and staff.

Exclusive press conferences for journalists working in your field makes it possi...+ [ Read all ]

Venue hire

The Museum K20 Kunstsammlung am Grabbeplatz has been a popular location for events for many years. With the opening of K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus in April 2002, Düsseldorf has acquired not only a new museum for contemporary art, but also an extremely attractive site for events.

K20K21 Event Company was established specifically for the location management of both buildings. The company guarantees properly qualified care, and is responsible for coordination between event-organisers and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. It also offers tailor-made event concepts, according to the client’s wishes.

Banquets, receptions, guided tours, photo-shoots, readings and lectures: both museums provide diverse opportunities for events. The highlighted spaces are available only for a small selection of representative occasions. Companies with an interest in art are offered the opportunity of viewing the collection or special exhibitions in the two buildings before, after and during their events.


K20K21 Fundraising und Veranstaltungs GmbH
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Grabbeplatz 5, 40213 Düsseldorf
Telephone: +49 (0)211 8381 - 212
Fax: +49 (0)211 8381 - 250

Please contact

Mrs Claudia Hornemann, management director/sponsoring
phone: +49 (0)211 8381 - 222
Mrs Sandra Christmann, event management

phone: +49 (0)211 8381 - 220
Mrs Iris Hartmann, project management

phone +49 (0)211 8381 - 212