Kunstpunkte, Düsseldorf artists open their studios

"What an amazing adventure on a rainy day. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to meet other people, see artist studios and get some invaluable information about the art scene here in Dusseldorf. I can't wait for next weekend." 

Kunstpunkte happens over two weekends on August 25 and 26 and September 1 and 2 2012 when some 500+ Düsseldorf artists open their studios to the general public. Finding your way around all those studios is tricky to say the least, I've been going regularly for years but have still only seen a fraction of the wonderful work that is created in these often hidden spaces in the city. The studios can be anyway from disused harbour buildings to right next door to your apartment!

This year for the very first time RhineBuzz is pleased to be offering two tours in English. On each of the Sundays, so on August 26 and September 2 at 3pm you can visit 4 or 5 selected studios accompanied by myself and a Düsseldorf artist. We will guide you about the work you are about to see and the artist you will meet and encourage you to meet and speak with the artists.

Studio Abdelhahi El Aidi

Visitors are transported around town in a gorgeous oldtimer bus, which leaves from the Rheinterrasse, the tour lasts approximately 3 hours and costs €15.00 per person. Limited tickets available from Petra Weiss at the Department of Culture Düsseldorf 0211-89-24197 during office hours or petra.weiss@duesseldorf.de or tours@rhinebuzz.com

Come and join us and do what RhineBuzz does best - we open doors, we help you to discover new worlds in this, lively and colourful, adopted city of ours.

Kunstpunkte is organised and financed by the Kulturamt Düsseldorf and the new RhineBuzz tours wouldn't be possible without the generous sponsorship of the International School in Neuss on the Rhine, ISR. Many thanks :)

Many of the artists we visit came to Düsseldorf because of the renowned Art Academy. Here, a movie approved by CNN I set up last year to give a privileged glimpse inside with one of its many well known former students: Emil Schult and the Art Academy

El Greco and Modernism at Museum Kunstpalast

28 April - August 12 2012

For the very first time in Germany, to rave reviews by the national and international press, 40 El Greco masterpieces are being shown at the Museum Kunstpalast.
Combined with 100 works by modernist painters the exhibition shows how modernism was greatly influenced by El Grecos works. 
 El Greco Laocoön 1610-14
©Bernd Ahrens
Visitors have the rare opportunity to see works by Max Beckmann, Cezanne and Picasso along side the only remaining picture panel of El Greco 'Laocoön' or the Opening of the Fifth Seal, painting which could have been painted 300 years before its time.
Works have been collected from some of the top art houses around the globe, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The National Gallery, London and the National gallery of Art, Washington, the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the MoMA, NY.

El Greco 1580-1595 The Disrobing of Christ 
Museum director, Beat Wismer, prepares for another interview.
©Bernd Ahrens

The Independent, one of the UK's top broadsheets compliments curator and museum's director Beat Wismer: "In its quiet, reasonable way, the Kunstpalast rewrites the history of a strand of modern art".

©Bernd Ahrens

The Museum Kunstpalast is offereing public tours in English on June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22 and August 5 at 4pm. Please reserve via the museum, 0211-899 01 90 or el.greco@smkp.de

Extended opening hours for this exhibition:
Opening hours for the exhibition EL GRECO AND MODERNISM
Monday 1 pm - 6 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday, Saturday 10 am - 9 pm