Louise Bourgeois at Kunstsammlung NRW

Detail, Louise Bourgeois, Baroque, 1970, marble

Rethinking the Collection

July 25, 2023 – January 31, 2024

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
Düsseldorf, Germany

Chapter III
Filling in the Gaps.
Pioneering Women Artists of Modernism

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is embarking on a transformative journey to expand the presentation of its collection and redefine the museum’s role in a more global world. Introducing novel perspectives into the art historical narrative, a new space at K20 is specifically designed to engage with the collection, its evolution, and its scope. The first chapter of “Rethinking the Collection” delved into the museum’s history and the origins of its collection, followed by a second chapter dealing with the Kunstsammlung’s approach to colonial thought and traditions. The third chapter serves as a dedicated tribute to addressing the collection’s gaps and celebrating the groundbreaking and multifaceted contributions made by women artists to the ever-evolving realm of modern art.

The third chapter of “Rethinking the Collection” honors the artistic endeavors of women artists spanning three generations and highlights the museum’s aspirations for future acquisitions. Spotlighting artworks by Marianne von Werefkin, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, and Louise Bourgeois, this presentation underscores the transformative impact that women artists have had on the evolution of modern art. However, these accomplished women artists have remained absent from the museum holdings due to its history and its prior focus on establishing a canonical collection. Now, finally, the Kunstsammlung offers them the place and space they have long deserved.


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