October 24, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Curator: Andreas Bee

With Barbara Klemm and Stefan Moses, the Foundation for Art and Culture is showcasing the works of two acclaimed photographers in the MKM Museum Küppersmühle, who over the past decades have - each in their own distinct fashion - chronicled political and current events and life in Germany and elsewhere with their camera. For forty years Barbara Klemm (*1939) travelled the world's continents for the distinguished German daily the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, which she helped to shape with her photographs. By virtue of his reportages for the weekly German news magazine “Stern”, Stefan Moses (*1928) has found a keen resonance with a broad audience. Distinguishing both artists is the intense focus they place on the individual. On show in the MKM are some 200 of their works.

Whilst on her assignments, Barbara Klemm consistently demonstrated her unerring ability to distil an entire story into one single shot – with a virtually unparalleled intensity and clarity. The overwhelming majority of her photographs depict people and the lives they lead. Eschewing any hint of sensationalism, her images appear so natural and unobtrusive that one is frequently left wondering how she succeeds in remaining so inconspicuous with her camera. Lying at the heart of this exhibition in Duisburg is an extensive series of artists' portraits, including several artists whose works are represented in the Ströher Collection in the MKM: Joseph Beuys, Candida Höfer, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Gerhard Richter, Emil Schumacher und Walter Stöhrer. This is augmented by a further group of works featuring “People in Museums” and “Art Works”.

Stefan Moses’ enduring theme over the past half a century has been Germany and the German people. His striking series on emigrants comprises over 100 portraits of prominent figures who were forced to flee their native country in 1933 to escape the terror of the National Socialist regime. This series of works is complemented by photos of people captured either shortly before or after the fall of the Wall on his several journeys through the former GDR. Frequently shot in front of a grey cloth, these studies of individuals and groups of people are juxtaposed with snap shots taken by Stefan Moses - almost in passing, as it were: Slogans daubed on walls, overpainted posters and signposts, or the direct statements of ordinary citizens who experienced both the demise of an historic era and the dawning of a new future.

Kindly supported by Evonik Industries and Sal. Oppenheim.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with contributions from Peter Iden, Alexander Kluge, Stefan Koldehoff and Walter Smerling (248 pages, over 200 b/w illustrations, Nimbus. Kunst und Bücher).


February 27 - April 26, 2015

The Freiburg-domiciled artist Ralph Fleck (born 1951) ranks among the leading exponents in the field of contemporary painting. As virtually no other, he has consistently and uncompromisingly negotiated the narrow line between realistic and abstract figuration, and, in so doing, forged a gamut of visual experiences which often only reveal their cosmos on closer study.

In what is a German première, the Museum Küppersmühle is now presenting a retrospective of his work, which showcases his painterly exploration and transformation of real structures and architectures, such as Alpine scenery, seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, meadows and still-lifes.

Contemporary Art from China
on the Rhine and Ruhr



May 15 - September 13, 2015 



An exhibition under eight roofs


>> Press release [ 571 KB ], 9.9.2014

>> Live recording of the press conference, 14.4.2014


„Chinese artists are currently in the process of discovering and formulating their own artistic language. This is a development we are keen to document.“

Walter Smerling, Spokesman for the Foundation's Board of Trustees

Eight museums along Rhein and Ruhr will be exhibiting contemporary art from China. This collective show of Chinese art is unique worldwide. With its outstanding infrastructure and unique concentration of museums,  the region along Rhein and Ruhr has now become a "forum for China's artists" in Europe. The show is planning to unveil the diverse range of genres, media and styles characterising Chinese art: Sculpture, painting, ink painting, calligraphy and installations, photography, video and film are all featured under the exhibition's concept.

In concert with the various museum directors, a joint German-Chinese team of curators will implement the concept – an exhibition under eight roofs: "China is on the move. Just like the Ruhr region, it is currently undergoing a rapid structural transformation, and change is a part of the daily reality in both countries", observes the director of the participating Küppersmühle Museum, Prof. Dr. h.c. Walter Smerling. "Our exhibition concept envisages showing as many facets of Chinese art as possible. At the same time, we wish to mount an exhibition which – also in political terms – reflects the entire spectrum of Chinese art. Together with our curators, we are exhibiting what we wish to exhibit. Against this background, however, we also aware that we must also seek to engage in a cultural exchange with the State and artists as equals."


Museum Folkwang Essen
Osthaus Museum Hagen
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen
Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst Duisburg
NRW Forum Düsseldorf

Organization: Foundation for Art and Culture e.V. Bonn

Sponsored by the Essen-based BROST-FOUNDATION and EVONIK Industries AG