Düsseldorf, as many other German cities, it has seen its historical center bombarded during the war: this destruction has not prevented the city from grow after the end of the war, becoming the economic and industrial center that it is nowadays.
Thanks to the Kunstakademie (The Academy of Arts) Düsseldorf has soon become a center of attraction for arts and culture, point of reference for new talents, inspiring environment for high level galleries of modern and contemporary art and international events.
To understand better what this city has to offer, we have decided to start our visit from the Kunsthalle and the Kunstverein, two different insitutions hosted inside the same brutalist building. At the time of our visit some of the exhibitions on display were Singular \ Plural and Asymmetric Architectures, both dedicated to the celebration of 50 years since the opening of the museum. The aim was to go through the history of the museum and the art movements that had helped Düsseldorf to acquire a relevant role within the world of European contemporary art. The Seventies in particular were fundamental and the itinerary of the exhibition walked through the history of the artists who had contributed in creating and defining the museum’s identity.
The cultural offer of the Nordrhein-Westfalen region’s capital continues with the three museums that constitutes the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen: the K20, the K21 and the F3. The three museums are located in three different parts of the city and display collections of modern and contemporary art in newly renovated buildings – the K20 – and in a landmark protection – the F3 – buildings. The K21 hosts an awesome-as-usual permanent installation by Tomás Saraceno titled in orbit (from March 25 2017), besides excellent permanent exhibitions and a very special venue for young international artists and for the contemporary portions of the permanent collection: Artist’s Room.