Must-See Guide: Düsseldorf and Cologne

The DC Open will kick off the German fall art season for the 12th year. Here are 9 of the shows you won't want to miss.

Onur Hastürk, Flowers on top of a Table and Odalisque (2020). Courtesy of Anna Laudel.
Onur Hastürk, Flowers on top of a Table and Odalisque (2020). Courtesy of Anna Laudel.

Art lovers, rejoice! The annual two-city kickstart to Germany’s fall art season, the Düsseldorf Cologne Open Galleries (DC Open), is going ahead as planned (with social distancing measures in place, of course). Yes, read that again: an art event that’s not canceled this year. 

This year, the even-more-festive-than-usual weekend will bring together 50 galleries split between the two cities. Of course, a bit more planning is taking place this year, and to assure safety, the DC Open has introduced guided gallery tours limited to groups of eight to allow art lovers to appreciate exhibitions in both cities (they’re approximately 45 minutes apart), so be sure to sign up in advance. 

If you happen to be in either city (or ideally both) we’ve picked nine exhibitions that you won’t want to miss.

Franziskus Wendels, Time Will Tell 7 (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Boisserée.

Franziskus Wendels, Time Will Tell 7 (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Boisserée.

Exhibition:  “Franziskus Wendels: Night and Day
When: Through October 17
Where: Galerie Boisserée, Drususgasse 7-11, Cologne

 

Imi Knoebel, Kadmiumrot 4 (1975–2017). Courtesy of Galerie Christian Lethert.

Imi Knoebel, Kadmiumrot 4 (1975–2017). Courtesy of Galerie Christian Lethert.

Exhibition:Leidenschaft ist unser Antrieb
When: Through October 31
Where: Galerie Christian Lethert, Antwerpener Straße 52,Cologne

 

Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses (2018–10). Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve.

Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses (2018–20). Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve.

Exhibition:Ding Yi: Highlight
When: Through October 31
Where: Galerie Karsten Greve, Drususgasse 1-5, Cologne

 

Onur Hastürk, Odalisque with Red Caftan (2019). Courtesy of Anna Laudel.

Onur Hastürk, Odalisque with Red Caftan (2019). Courtesy of Anna Laudel.

Exhibition:Onur Hastürk: Assimilation
When: Through October 31
Where: Anna Laudel, Mühlenstraße 1, Düsseldorf 

 

Joseph Beuys, Energieplan (Foto-Environment von Werner Krüger). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander.

Joseph Beuys, Energieplan (Foto-Environment von Werner Krüger). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander.

Exhibition:Joseph Beuys: Energieplan (Photo-Environment by Werner Krüger)
When: Through October 17
Where: Galerie Thomas Zander, Schönhauser Straße 8, Cologne

 

Radenko Milak, Anthropocene (2020) Courtesy of Galerie Priska Pasquer.

Radenko Milak, Anthropocene (2020) Courtesy of Galerie Priska Pasquer.

Exhibition:Radenko Milak 2020: All Over the World Watercolors
When: Through November 7
Where: Galerie Priska Pasquer, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 83, Cologne

 

Clausia Wieser, Untitled (2020) Courtesy of Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf. Photograph by Hans-Georg Gaul.

Clausia Wieser, Untitled (2020) Courtesy of Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf. Photograph by Hans-Georg Gaul.

Exhibition:Claudia Wieser: Lobby
When: Through October 2
Where: Sies + Höke Galerie, Poststraße 2+3, Düsseldorf

 

Arne Quinze, Wildflower (2020). Courtesy of Martina Kaiser.

Arne Quinze, Wildflower (2020). Courtesy of Martina Kaiser.

Exhibition:  “Arne Quinze: My Secret Garden
When: Through October 20
Where: Martina Kaiser, Bismarckstraße 50, Cologne

 

Nam June Paik, Columbus (Eco-Lumbus) + Columbus Boat, (1991) Courtesy of Galerie Hans Mayer.

Nam June Paik, Columbus (Eco-Lumbus) + Columbus Boat, (1991) Courtesy of Galerie Hans Mayer.

Exhibition:Nam June Paik”
When: Through November 7
Where: Galerie Hans Mayer” Grabbepl. 2, Düsseldorf


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