Grabbeplatz 4

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Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

The Kunsthalle, a concrete block built in 1967, is one of the most concise buildings in Düsseldorf, a now rare example of raw architecture. Architects Beckmann and Brockes used prefabricated blocks of concrete, developed in the 1950s for purely economic reasons, and thus were faced with more than just a formal challenge. This is the background against which the Kunsthalle's architecture must be regarded today.
Ever since the building on the Grabbeplatz opened, it has housed two independent institutions, the Kunsthalle and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen. Not merely externally different from all of the other museums in Düsseldorf, the Kunsthalle's conceptual direction is also distinct. Hosting an array of exhibitions, but without its own collection, contemporary art movements and positions, as well as their historical and local points of reference, were crucial to the Kunsthalle's program from the start. Pioneering shows were seen here, such as the series of "Prospect" exhibitions between 1968 and 1976, and so a number of international artists entered the European art market through the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle. It is the Kunsthalle's job to stimulate discussions and explorations of today's art, in its immediacy as well as in the context of current developments ­ meaning, a kind of art that is articulate, that enters into social discourse. Mediating contemporary art, revealing its roots and its continuity within the artistic discourse is of central importance.

At the end of the 1990s, Düsseldorf artists and citizens were successful in their efforts to retain the Kunsthalle. The building was temporarily closed for extensive renova... [ Read all ]


wie es ist (how it is)
Holger Bunk, Milan Kunc, Silke Leverkühne, Andreas Schulze
Paintings from the early 1980s to the present day

Opening: Friday, 27th July 2007, 8 pm

wie es ist (how it is) presents four monographical spaces showcasing a selection of works from the 1980s through to the present day. The four artists featured here—Holger Bunk (*1954), Milan Kunc (*1944), Silke Leverkühne (*1953) and Andreas Schulze (*1955)—all studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the 1970s and early 1980s. During a period in which artistic and socio-political transition manifested itself on several different levels—punk, new wave and various protest groups such as environmentalism the peace movement and the anti-nuclear lobby—and one in which neo-expressionist painting was flourishing, Bunk, Kunc, Leverkühne and Schulze de-veloped highly individualistic positions quite independently of one another. Unlike the widespread trend of the time, they eschewed the rapid, expressive gesture, placing instead conceptual and art historical references at the forefront of their considerations. The exhibition realised on the basis of a selection of works and in co-operation with the curator Susanne Rennert, clearly exemplifies different phases of production resulting from the continual development of compositional motifs over the years.

Milan Kunc presents the viewer with provocative pictorial concepts, which have long since become reality today in the scope of their social and political vision. His compositions, carried out in the virtuoso manner of an old-master yet switching style and mode of expression at will, are dedicated to the great themes in art and human existence:...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

21st October 2007 — 20th January 2008
Staged jointly by Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, this, the first large show of Palermo's work in Düsseldorf, forms the highpoint of the anniversary year. Palermo's (Peter Heisterkamp) work will be shown for the first time on a more extensive scale in the city which was the centre of his artistic activity for many years. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Kunstverein will dedicate a comprehensive solo exhibition to an internationally renowned 20th Century artist and will show works originated mostly in Düsseldorf. 2007 is also the 30th anniversary of Palermo's death: the artist, who was born in 1943 in Leipzig, died at the age of 33 in Kurumba on the Maldives. The presentation of the show will engage in particular with the specific architectural features of the Kunsthalle. If the reports of his friends are anything to go by, Palermo was fascinated by the architecture of the washed concrete building on the Grabbeplatz and would have liked to have held an exhibition there during his lifetime.

An exhibition by Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in conjunction with Susanne Küper.


Entry Fees:
EUR 5.50
EUR 3.50 with concession
Groups (10 or more) EUR 3.50
Free entrance for visitors under age 18 and disabled persons.

Opening hours

Opening Times:
Tue — Sat
noon — 7pm,
Sundays and
public holidays
11am — 6pm
Free guided tour in German every Sunday, 12.30pm

Getting there

Using Public Transport:
U70, U74, U75, U76, U77, U78, U79
703, 706, 712, 713, 715
alight at Heinrich-Heine Allee
Underground multi-storey beneath the Kunsthalle, entrance Neustr./Mutter-Ey-Str.

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
D-40213 Düsseldorf


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