With the re-opening on 7 May 2011, the Museum Kunstpalast
will be able, after being closed for more than two years for a huge renovation project, to unveil its treasures once more, and put some 450 selected artworks from the Middle Ages to the present day on display.
The new presentation will illustrate the variety of the collections in the Museum Kunstpalast, one of the few institutions in the Rhineland to accommodate important collections of paintings, sculpture, graphic works, glass, crafts and new media under one roof.
It will better show both the regional references of the Düsseldorf art museum and its huge international importance. Over an area of 5,500 m², the museum will present its permanent collection in a concept developed by the team of curators under General Director Beat Wismer.
The high points of the collection include the Rubens Gallery with the paintings The Assumption of the Virgin and Venus and Adonis by the gallerys eponym, as well as other painters active at the court of Elector Jan Wellem, such as Frans van Douven and the aforementioned sculptor Grupello. The Rubens Gallery will be supplemented by a Decoratori Gallery with exhibits from the collection of Baroque oil sketches.
A further strength of the collection is the field of 18th and 19th-century painting which has been extended in recent years with new acquisitions such as the Portrait of the Improvisation Virtuoso Teresa Bandettini-Landucci of Lucca by Angelika Kauffmann, which will now being presented here for the first time.
Other highlights will be the artist rooms - designed by the artists themselves - such as Nam June Paik, who attached his multimonitor installation Fish Flies on Sky (19831985) beneath one of the ceilings, or the room with works by Joseph Beuys, or the ZERO-Lichtraum, set up jointly by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günter Uecker at the documenta in Kassel in 1964 as a homage to Fontana, and a permanent part of the museums collection since the 1970s.
Another unique element of the Museums collection are the legendary Creamcheese (19671977) and Thomas Schüttes room installation Furniture for One Man Houses (2005), which in 2010 was given to the museum on permanent loan from the collection of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf.
The newly displayed galleries will also allow the public to see a number of newly acquired and freshly restored works as well as new permanent loans: for example Large Head with Small Man (2010) by Stephan Balkenhol recently loaned to the collection.