March 10 - June 18, 2017
Large-format canvases by David Schnell (born 1971), the acclaimed painter and graphic artist of the "New Leipzig School", form the heart of the exhibition being staged from March 2017 in the MKM, which traces Schnell's artistic development over the past decade. Employing a central linear perspective, his interlocking landscape visions recall the imploding virtual cyberspaces of computer games. By virtue of the ever emerging vanishing points hurtling deep into the image, the viewer experiences an increasing sense of placelessness and timelessness, which reveals itself to be a perfectly executed abstract construct.
July 7 - September 3, 2017
Joint exhibition with the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
The master of subversive irony and off-beat humour is now coming to the Ruhr region. In a joint exhibition, the MKM and the Lehmbruck Museum are showcasing works by the internationally acclaimed Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. The sculptures, photographs, murals, textile pieces and spatial installations combine to illustrate one thing: Wurm is celebrating chaos as a creative strategy. Transgressing boundaries with both humour and profundity, Wurm raises our expectations ad absurdum, and, in so doing, re-defines contemporary sculpture.
KARL FRED DAHMEN
September 22 - December 31, 2017
In cooperation with the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren
The unsung hero among the pioneers of post-war German art, Fred Dahmen was a highly influential figure in the German Informel movement. To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of this acclaimed painter and object artist, the MKM and the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum are mounting the hitherto most comprehensive retrospective of the artist's work in 2017. On view are paintings, collages, display cases and installations, with which the documenta participant Dahmen launched his new artistic beginning, following his years of censorship under the Third Reich. Dahmen, who had always regarded his application of "abstraction as a lingua franca" as an open-ended experiment, forged an enormously versatile oeuvre, which this exhibition sets out to showcase.