Under this title, the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster shows around 140 art works from 37 artists selected from the collection of the Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung. The art collection which has been accumulated since the early 1980s covers a total of 1,700 objects ranging from modern to contemporary art. The selection underlines the profile of the collection – in addition to works from Expressionist artists such as Emil Nolde, Ida Gerhardi and Peter August Böckstiegel collected in the 1980s, the last two decades mainly saw the acquisition of works created by the Konrad-von-Soest award winners.

The material, colour, form and visual language could hardly be more diverse: geometry and abstraction, portraits and studies, landscapes (nature, industry and urban vistas), the use of organic materials and works with political aspects form the backdrop of the highly diverse exhibits displayed across five large special exhibition spaces of the museum. Sculptures by Ulrich Rückriem and Timm Ulrichs, textilebased works by Josef Albers, photographs by Barbara Klemm and Bernd and Hilla Becher as well as paintings by Martin Kippenberger and large-scale manual screenprints by Katharina Fritsch highlight the diversity of the collection and open up unexpected perspectives.

With the exhibition Uexpected Encounters, the museum that is looking after the collection on long term loan not only wishes to make the corporate collection better known to a wider public, but also aims to underline its importance as a cultural asset for the region. Following exhibitions in Ahlen 2008 and the Corvey Monastery in 2013, a comprehensive display of the collection at the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur can now be seen for the first time. An extensively illustrated catalogue is published in German by the publisher Kerber Verlag.

On Sunday (25 February) the artist talk with Andreas Siekmann takes place at 12 noon.