PREVIEW 2014 / 2015




October 24, 2014 - January 2015



For four decades Barbara Klemm (*1939) travelled the world on behalf of the distinguished German daily the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, whose foreign coverage she was instrumental in helping to shape. At home in all continents, she is able 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, augmented by a further group of works featuring “People in Museums” and “Art Works”.

By virtue of his reportages for the weekly German news magazine “Stern”, Stefan Moses (*1928) has found a keen resonance with a broad audience. His 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.




May, 15 to September, 15 2015 



An exhibition under seven roofs in the Ruhr Metropolis




>> Press release [ 69 KB ], 14.4.2014

>> 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

Seven museums across the Ruhr Metropolis 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 cultural metropolis of the 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, Chinese Surrealism, Expressionism, abstract art and installations, photography, video and film are all featured under the exhibition's concept for the Ruhr's culturalmetropolis.In concert with the various museum directors, a joint German-Chinese team of curators will implement the concept – an exhibition under seven 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

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

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