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The exhibition program of the KUNSTHAUS NRW KORNELIMÜNSTER offers an insight into North Rhine-Westphalia’s current and future art scene. Since 1948, North Rhine-Westphalia has been purchasing works by young artists to support them. Today, the collection numbers 4000 works, documenting the history of North Rhine-Westphalia’s art to the immediate present day. The collection is hosted in the baroque palace building of the old Abbey of Kornelimünster.
The presentation of the COLLECTION WITH LOOSE ENDS picks up one of the collection’s loose ends and is dedicated to deliberate about its identity: “How did »art from NRW« come into being and what has shaped it since? Displayed in two chapters, the presentation uncovers the collection’s beginnings and illuminates the discourse on cultural identity from today’s perspective.
The collection was founded in 1948 with the objective of reviving and supporting the modern avant-garde then ostracized by the Nazi regime. By funding art, the ministry hoped to provide the newly created state with a cultural identity. In line with this concept, the exhibition explores themes of identification from industrial sites to highways, dress codes, gender concepts, and political identity.
Architecture can be overpowering, as it is often a representation of power. Even modern architecture focusing on the functional form, still transports messages. The building of the former abbey, in which the Kunsthaus is located, shows the power of a few over lots of people. Even today, the old dynamics of representation are still in power. Clemens Botho Goldbach, Frauke Dannert, Christian Odzuck and Adrien Tirtiaux will research and deconstruct these dynamics during the exhibition AGAINST REPRESENTATION.