Must-See Art Guide: Düsseldorf

This week's guide includes Bernd and Hilla Becher, Günther Uecker, and more.

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Emmanuel Le Cerf, Recovery room (2013). Courtesy of Schuebbe Inc.
Diana Rattray, Pool Days (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Palais im Großen Garten (ca. 1910). Courtesy of Galerie Ludorff.
Henning Strassburger, Still from Drone (2014). Courtesy of Sies + Höke Galerie.
Frauke Dannert, o.T. (Detail) (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Rupert Pfab.
Joachim Brohm, C-Black (2015). Courtesy of Beck & Eggeling.
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 24th of August 1987, in a London Taxi. Courtesy of Burkhard Eikelmann Galerie.
Geert Goiris, Futuro (2002). © Geert Goiris.
Mario De Biasi, Gli italiani si voltano Milano 1954. © Archivio De Biasi.
Gabrielle Croppi, Manhattan Bridge #02 (2009–2014). Courtesy of Galerie Clara Maria Sels.
Peter Marifoglou, Untitled (1964). Courtesy of Galerie Clara Maria Sels.
Maren Heyne, Hans-Peter Alvermann (1965). Courtesy of AFORK (Archiv künstlerischer Fotografie der rheinischen Kunstszene) Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, © Maren Heyne.
Günther Uecker, Bewegtes Feld (1964). Courtesy of Collection Van Abbemuseum, Einhoven, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015.

The capital city in the most populous state of Germany North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, with its old town, which is often referred to as the longest bar in the world, is worth a visit. The city enjoys a special reputation as a center of culture, art, and modern architecture. Apart from the large Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, numerous galleries, museums, and the internationally renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf are located here. At this arts academy, the Düsseldorfer Malerschule (Düsseldorf School of Painting) was founded in the 19th century, and the Düsseldorfer Photoschule, formed around Bernd and Hilla Becher, was founded in the 20th century.

Take a stroll along the Rhine northward and you will arrive at the NRW-Forum. This venue for exhibitions and events focuses on photography, video, fashion, design, advertising, and architecture. The museum will host two exhibitions at the end of January as part of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015. One of them is “Human Nature,” with works by artists such as Axel Hütte, Vivian Maier, and Sebastião Salgado. The show will feature photographs exploring the relationship between humans and nature. Numerous galleries, museums, and institutions will have special shows and events around photography.

Besides the outstanding watercolor Palais im Großen Garten by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, through this Saturday, you will have a chance to see selected works by Josef Albers, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and many more at Galerie Ludorff’s Neuerwerbungen Herbst 2014. Photorealistic paintings by Diana Rattray, another student of the Kunstakademie, can be seen at the Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer.

Last but not least, stick around for the upcoming exhibition Uecker at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Around 60 works by the German sculptor, Op artist, and installation artist will be on view at the K20 beginning in February.

Enjoy the art on the Rhine, and look out for the famous landmarks, the Düsseldorfer Cart Wheelers.


Exhibition: Emmanuel Le Cerf & Bruno Albizzati

When: December 12, 2014–February 25, 2015

Where: Schuebbe Inc., Neubrückstraße 6, Düsseldorf


Exhibition: “Diana Rattray: Neither Here Nor Now”

When: October 30, 2014–January 23, 2015

Where: Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Heinrich-Heine-Allee 19 / Neustraße 12, Düsseldorf


Exhibition: “Neuerwerbungen Herbst 2014”

When: October 14, 2014–January 24, 2015

Where: Galerie Ludorff, Königsallee 22 III, Düsseldorf


Exhibition:Henning Strassburger: Pool

When: January 16–February 14, 2015

Where: Sies + Höke Galerie, Poststraße 2+3, Düsseldorf


Exhibition:Frauke Dannert displaced

When: January 16–March 7, 2015

Where: Galerie Rupert Pfab, Poststraße 3, Düsseldorf


Exhibition:Joachim Brohm: Not a House

When: January 21–February 21, 2015

Where: Beck & Eggeling, Bilker Straße 5 and Bilker Straße 4-6, Düsseldorf


Exhibition: “Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015”

When: January 30–February 1, 2015

Where: Several galleries, museums and institutions, Düsseldorf


Exhibition: “Human Nature” and “Neorealismo

When: January 30–April 4, 2015

Where: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Ehrenhof 2, Düsseldorf


Exhibition:Gabriele Croppi: New York, Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape” and “Peter Marifoglou: Could I be Your Mirror for a Moment?

When: January 30–April 4, 2015

Where: Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Poststraße 3, Düsseldorf


Exhibition:Maren Heyne – artist portraits

When: January 31–February 22, 2015

Where: Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4-5, Düsseldorf


Exhibition: “Uecker”

When: February 7–May 10, 2015

Where: K20 Grabbeplatz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Grabbeplatz 5, Düsseldorf


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