Exhibitions

Retrospection

Turner. Horror and Delight
8. November 2019 – 26. January 2020

The exhibition, arranged in cooperation with the Tate Britain, focused on Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), the most important British landscape painter of the Romantic era, and his travels in the Swiss Alps and the Arcadian landscapes of Italy. The majority of the works on display were from the Turner collection at the Tate Gallery. In addition to the eighty paintings and watercolours contributed by that museum, the exhibition also included some thirty works by such artists as Caspar Wolf, Claude-Joseph Vernet and John Martin on loan from international institutions.

Turner was deeply impressed when he experienced Switzerland and its mountains in 1802. This is evidenced in the way nature’s grandeur, with its elemental forces that can instil terror and dread, plays the lead in his spectacular representations of storms and other natural disasters. However, an avalanche tumbling down loses its treacherous potential when translated onto a canvas, thus allowing us to take a certain pleasure in the skilful rendering of the catastrophe, so that we experience both horror and delight.

As a contrast, the exhibition also displayed the classic landscape paintings full of calm, order and beauty that Turner created in his studio on his return from Italy. After his first “Grand Tour” to the Peninsula, when he visited all the major Italian sites and captured the characteristic architecture of Rome in countless sketchbooks, he favoured Venice in his subsequent trips. The special atmosphere and the unique light of the City on the Water inspired his charming watercolours of the 1840s which formed an experimental ground for his late works, also displayed at the exhibition.

The Exhibition was under the patronage of the British Ambassador.


The main sponsors of the exhibition were the Ministry of Culture for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Stiftung Kunst³ and the LWL-Kulturstiftung. Additional support was provided by the Rudolf-August Oetker-Stiftung, the Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Münsterland Ost and Brillux.

29.11.2018 – 29.9.2019

Mantle and Core. Multiples by Joseph Beuys

The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur received in 2018 a substantial gift of 150 Joseph Beuys multiples from the Rotert Family. Therefore the museum presented a selection of them to the public – postcards, photographs, print editions and numerous objects. In the historical atrium where Beuys once exhibited his work „Unschlitt“ as part of the 1977 Skulptur Projekte, the multiples shed light on the fundamental principles of his artistic exploration.

29.11.2018 – 29.9.2019

Work as site. On the Emergence of Communicative Spaces

The location of a work is more than just the mere site of its installation or a dot on a map of the city. Artistic works transform their spatial surroundings and create places of their own. Situational spaces and passages come about, venues for assembly and interaction, refuges, heterotopies. With the aid of selected works from the history of the Skulptur Projekte, the archive presentation investigated the emergence of communicative spaces and the reciprocal relationship between the work and its location.

The exhibition comprised extensive documentation and archival material such as concepts, drafts, drawings, historical photographs, and film footage.

5 May till 8 September 2019

Sean Scully. Vita Duplex

 

Sean Scully was born in Dublin, grew up in London and is one of today’s leading abstract painters. Presenting ninety-eight works that he has created since the 1960s, the Vita Duplex exhibition underscores his role in re-interpreting abstract art. The event has been organised jointly by the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe and the LWL–Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster, two museums whose collections include works by modern artists and old masters, making them exactly the right choice for exhibiting paintings by history-conscious Sean Scully. The works on display include pastels, watercolours, drawings, sketchbooks, engravings, acrylic paintings, oils on canvas and aluminium, some photographs and three sculptures. Vita Duplex, held in Karlsruhe until August 2018, was the first exhibition in a German-speaking country to present Sean Scully’s talents as both a painter and a writer.

9 November 2018 till 10 March 2019

Bauhaus and America. Experiments in Light and Movement

With the exhibition “Bauhaus and America. Experiments in Light and Movement” the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur transcends borders. It intentionally focuses on artists who, after the Bauhaus was closed in 1933, emigrated to America to carry forward their ideas there. Starting with the Bauhaus stage as an interdisciplinary laboratory for experiments in light and movement, the diverse controversies in this field are examined for the first time. Ranging from light and kinetic art to experimental film and dance and performance art, this epochspanning exhibition shows the far-reaching influence of these interactions. As early as in the 1950s the ideas were having a reverse influence from America on Europe and are still reflected in contemporary art today. That is why the exhibition not only concentrates on the positions of the Bauhaus and its American successor institutions, but spans developments right up to the present. The exhibition provides an insight into the experimental work of more than 50 artists.

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Eline van Dijk, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Peace. From Antiquity to the Present Day

400 years after the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War (1618),
370 years after the Peace of Westphalia (1648) and 100
years after the Treaty of Versailles (1919), the exhibition
“Peace. From Antiquity to the Present Day” addressed the
question of why people of every era have wanted peace but
never been able to preserve it in the long term. Peace means
more than merely renouncing the use of force: it carries with
it the hope of harmony, friendship, love, happiness, prosperity
and justice.
In Münster, the city where the Peace of Westphalia was concluded,
this exhibition was presented by five institutions
– the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, the Kunstmuseum
Pablo Picasso Münster, the Archäologisches Museum der
Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (WWU), the Diocese of
Münster and the Stadtmuseum Münster – in a unique collaborative
project. It was developed on an interdisciplinary basis
in co-operation with the WWU Cluster of Excellence “Religion
and Politics”.

Under the patronage of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marianne Wagner, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

3 February 2018 – 14 April2018

RADAR: Lulu MacDonald - Paper, Snow, A Ghost

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Eline van Dijk, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

6 December 2017 – 25 February 2018

Unerwartete Begegnungen. Nolde, Kippenberger, Fritsch & Co in der Sammlung der Westfälischen Provinzial

Curators: Dr. Tanja Pirsig-Marshall and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

11 November 2017 – 14 January 2018

RADAR: Nicola Gördes und Stella Rossié – Warum verlieben wir uns immer in die fiesen Jungs??

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

4 March - 7 May 2017

RADAR: Lena Dues - Aquarius

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

4 March 2016 - 23 April 2017

Selbstgespräche nähern sich wie scheue Rehe. Yves Netzhammer

Curator: Marianne Wagner, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

10 December 2016 - 12 February 2017

RADAR: Jessica Twitchell - Pivot Joint Economy Class

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

11 November 2016 – 19 March 2017

Henry Moore. A European Impulse

The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster was dedicating a comprehensive survey exhibition to Henry Moore (1898 – 1986). He is almost unrivalled in his influence on post-war sculpture. 120 works by Moore and 16 other artists were being shown in four sections demonstrating correlations between the artists: both who influenced Moore and who, in turn, was influenced by him. The exhibition was a collaboration between Tate and the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur.

Curators: Dr Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, and Chris Stephens, Tate, London.

The exhibition is being accompanied by a comprehensively illustrated catalogue published by Hirmer Verlag.

 

9 December 2016 - 12 March 2017

Andreas Siekmann. Signs from the Post-Truth Era

In his exhibition, Andreas Siekmann (*1961), the 2016 Konrad von Soest prize winner for visual art, presented new and existing works in a large-scale installation. Socially critical work addressed the changing economic conditions of a globalised world, employing the example of coal mining, which Siekmann utilised to draw attention to malpractices.

Curator: Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

8 Ocotober - 20 November 2016

RADAR: Israel Aten: BLAST VALIANT

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

6 October 2016 - 19 February 2017

Monetissimo! From the Vaults of the Coin Collection

The Coin Collection exhibition was devoted to money in all its variety: 27 themed displays exhibited coins and medals – not only outstanding pieces and rarities, but also everyday examples and related materials. The exhibition enabled public access to Westphalia’s treasury for the first time. A one-day symposium examined current issues relating to “Exhibiting Numismatics Today”.

Curator: Dr Stefan Kötz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

An illustrated catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition by Michael Imhof Verlag Petersberg.

21 July - 18 September 2016

RADAR: Verena Issel - Aset in Tadmor

Curatos: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

21 May - 3 July 2016

RADAR: Tomoko Mori - Ostkreuz ⟷ Hikkaduwa

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

13 May - 4 September 2016

Homosexualit(y)_ies

The exhibition “Homosexualitit(y)_ies” at the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster went far beyond the history of persecution and protests involving gays, lesbians, trans- and intersexuals: documents, photos, videos and selected works of art not only demonstrated the diversity of sexualities and genders, but also the subtle forms of ostracism. The exhibition was a project by the Schwules Museum* (Queer Museum) Berlin in collaboration with the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur Münster and the Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin.

Curators: Dr Hermann Arnhold, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, and Dr Birgit Bosold

The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue published by Sandsteinverlag.

4 March 2016 - 23 April 2017

Skulptur Projekte Archiv: autonomous and profane.

Curator: Marianne Wagner, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

6 February - 1 May 2016

RADAR: Effrosyni Kontogeorgou - Unfolding

29 January - 5 June 2016

Cremer Preis: FORT. Retired

Curator: Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

31 October 2015 - 17 January 2016

RADAR: Jan Hoeft - Curiosity Gap

Curators: Jenni Henke, Westfälischer Kunstverein and Marijke Lukowicz, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

13 November 2015 – 6 March 2016

Wilhelm Morgner and Modern Art

On the occasion of his 125th birthday in January 2016 the LWL-Museum showed Wilhelm Morgner (1891 – 1917) in the context of his time. On view were 172 paintings, drawings and prints by him and his contemporaries, among them Vincent van Gogh, Oskar Kokoschka, and Wassily Kandinsky, from collections in Germany and abroad.

Curator: Dr Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, and Dr Andrea Witte

To accompany the exhibition a catalogue was published by Wienand Verlag.

11 September 2015 - 10 January 2016

Propaganda meets Trench Warfare. Poster Art around 1945

Using more than 100 exhibits ranging from the major medium of the poster to cartoons and medals, the exhibition examined changes to German and anti-German propaganda messages during the First World War. One year after the historic anniversary of the beginning of the war, the exhibition focussed on the subliminal survival of old conflicts and prejudices.

Curator: Dr Jürgen Krause, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue published by Wienand Verlag.

7 Ocotober 2015 - 18 October 2015

Ernst Hermanns

Curator: Dr Marianne Wagner, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

9 September 2015 - 7 February 2016

Ariel Schlesinger - Stolpersteine

Curator: Dr Marianne Wagner, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

13 May - 20 September 2015

Otto Piene. Light

The exhibition centring on the cofounder of the legendary artists’ group ZERO, Otto Piene (1928-2014), for the first time revolved exclusively around the subject of “light” within his wide-ranging oeuvre. Approximately 70 exhibits across 1,000 square metres provided a survey of Piene’s work involving various modes of staging light and light experiments. Across six spaces, the exhibition focussed on the artistic development and exploration of the medium of light. A close relationship between the artist and the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster evolved over several decades. The idea for the exhibition, a result of this long-term association, was conceived before his death in July 2014 and brought to fruition in collaboration with Elizabeth Goldring Piene.

Curators: Dr Hermann Arnhold, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, and Dr Joachim Jäger, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensively illustrated catalogue published by Kerber Verlag.

 

14 March - 9 August 2015

“A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo?” Gruffalo & Co.

“‘A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo?’ Gruffalo & Co.” assembled over 100 original drawings by the illustrators of children’s books. The exhibition, titled after Axel Scheffler’s famous Gruffalo character, explicitly targeted visitors of two years old and above not only in terms of content, but the hanging of the pictures also took into account the height of the small visitors. Interactive elements encouraged the playing out of the stories, and a comprehensive educational programme invited participants to paint, draw, craft and play.

Curator: Ingrid Fisch, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

 

 

24 January 2015 - 22 March 2015

Jürgen Stollhans: Futur II - Die Zeitmaschine

Curator: Dr Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

20 September 2014 - July 2015

Carl Andre - Peace of Münster

20 September 2014 - 11 January 2015

Westfalen 1814 - 1914

Curators: Dr Gerd Dethlefs, Stefan Kötz, Dr Jürgen Krause (LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur)