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Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 Ständehaus

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 Ständehaus

Under the K21's cupola
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents a demanding and variegated exhibition program at three locations: at the K20 Grabbeplatz, at the K21 Ständehaus, and at the Schmela Haus.

Added in early 2002 as the second main pillar of the Kunstsammlung and accommodating contemporary art was the Ständehaus am Kaiserteich, until 1988 the seat of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Four wings with continuous arcades surround the building’s central public area, a spacious plaza. The creative treatment of this representative building in the Historicist style (1876-80) by the Munich architectural office of Kiessler + Partner created a modern museum building with a striking glaze domed roof which shapes the building’s aesthetic and at the same time spans an expansive sculpture garden located on the uppermost level. Together, a flexible hall for temporary exhibitions in the ground floor level and the upper galleries comprise more than 5300 m² of surface area.
Installations and artist’s rooms are an important focus of the Kunstsammlung, an area which has been expanded continuously in recent years. In the 26 rooms of the Ständehaus, permanent installations and groups of works engage in dialogue with new site-specific rooms created on location by contemporary artists. In the realm of new media, i.e. film and video, the collection continues to expand, and presently contains around 90 works. With altogether 1100 m² the exhibition space at the redesigned basement level of the K21 Ständehaus provides a setting for large-scale film and video installations.


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 Ständehaus
Ständehausstraße 1
40217 Düsseldorf
T +49 211 83 81 204

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