With about 26 museums and more than 100 galleries, Düsseldorf is an art city pur sang. In Germany this reputation is widley known, but outside of the country people most likely know the city for it’s Christmas market… Too bad! Because Düsseldorf is definitely worth a visit for other reasons than Glühwein and shoddy Christmas products. I took a trip to this city on the Rhine and immersed myself in art and gastronomy. From Baroque paintings to a selfie exhibition and from exclusive private collections to impressive Kunstpalasts. Everywhere I went I made a little illustration and took some notes. Hope you like my illustrated art diary of Düsseldorf!
1) Spanish Golden Age in full swing with the impressive retrospective of Baroque painter and master of detail; Francisco de Zurbarán. Nice detail is that most of the costumes he painted originate from Zurbaráns own imagination and never existed in reality. He designed dresses like a fashion designer so to day. In the exhibition is also a section with modern interpretations of Zurbaráns costumes by students of the Academy of Fashion and Design Düsseldorf.
‘Zurbarán. Master of Detail’ at Museum Kunstpalast, 10.10.2015 – 31.01.2016
2) Ego Update at the NRW-Forum was all about selfies and digital identity. I took a feet selfie on Erik Kessels huge feet selfie skateramp. *inception*
‘Ego Update’ at NRW-Forum, 19.09.2015 – 17.01.2016
3) Foyer with fireplace at the De Medici Hotel where we had dinner at Brasserie Stadthaus
4) Illustrated mirror selfie in my room at the Melia Hotel. I was very happy with my huge and comfy bed after a long day full of art!
5) The world famous Art Academy where artists like Joseph Beuys and Günter Uecker used to study.
6) Düsseldorf is full of beautiful churches
7) This work from Belinde de Bruyckere makes me think of Jesus on the cross. This body like sculpture looks quite dead and becomes even more macabre when you realize De Bruyckere is the daughter of a butcher. The exhibiton ‘The Problem of God’ at Kunstsammlung K21 is a very interesting group expo wich focusses upon references to Christian image and symbols outside the religious context. With works from James Turell, Robert Rauschenberg, Bill Viola and many more!
‘The Problem of God’ at Kunstsammlung NRW K21, 26.09.2015 – 24.01.2016
8) K21 is the ‘perfect’ museum in my humble opinion. Top notch exhibition and collection, incredible building, superb restaurant and crazy installation by Thomás Saraceno underneath the glass ceiling. Must-go-there!
9) Avatars, avatism, animism. All these terms made me a bit dizzy at one point. As far as I know it’s about “making visible what is not there” and following your unconsciousness like a child. This work by Sarah Lucas was the most straight forward piece in the exhibition 😉
‘Avatar and Avatismn. Outside the Avantgarde’ at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 22.08.2015 – 08.11.2015
10) Julia Stoschek is an icon of the international jetset and collector of new media art, exhibited in her own private museum. Her collection of more than 400 video works is impressive.
‘Number Eleven: Cyprien Gaillard’ at the Julia Stoschek Collection, 26.09.2015 – 14.02.2016
11) Hausmann’s Rotiserie is heaven for meat (and beer) lovers! Seriously I’m not a big fan of meat and certainly not of pig, but here the meat and even the pig belly is exeptional and very delicious. I ate and drank till I couldn’t walk anymore!
12) KIT is a pretty cool art space located in a tunnel under the Rhein boulevard. I was at the opening of ‘come’; a sound exhibition with only auditory stimuly. Very experimental! And if all of this wasn’t enough; I never saw so many young people and local hipsters at a vernisage! Wish we had some cool, hip, art space like this in Amsterdam.
‘COME!’ at KIT (Kunst im Tunnel), 24.10.2015 – 17.01.2016
13) A fusion between landscape, architecture and art @ Museum Insel Hombroich. The whole estate is manmade and filled with “walk-in sculptures” designes by Erwin Heerich housing the private collection of Karl-Heinrich Müller. Varying from works by Yves Klein and Hans Arp to cultural objects and East Asian art. The exhibition concept is totally based on visual similarities and the paralel between art and nature. Never seen an presentation like this!
14) Fall is setting in at the Langen Foundation.
15) Olafur Eliasson at the Langen Foundation. What an incredible building and exhibition! Architecture and art really intensify each other.
‘Olafur Eliasson. Works from the Boros Collection’ at the Langen Foundation, 18.04.2015 – 21.02.2016
All illustrations are by Sella Molenaar