Image and Space

Variétés - Le Surréalisme en 1929, 1929, (known as the Surrealist map of the world), prints, illustrated books, photomechanical reproduction, letterpress

Global Museum

Exhibitions at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MMK Frankfurt

In recent years, Western-dominated discourse on contemporary fine arts and modernism has increasingly focused on non-European art trends, and will continue to be influenced by non-Western artists, curators and theorists in the future. With its programme “Global Museum”, the Federal Cultural Foundation aims to strengthen this shift in global thinking and – following the example of institutions in the international and German museum landscape – encourage museums to redefine their collections from a non-Western perspective. In light of how strongly our society is influenced by globalisation, migration and transculturalism, it is essential that art museums participate in shaping these developments and internationalise their collection, research and exhibition practices even more distinctly than before.

The Federal Cultural Foundation is funding projects by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MMK Frankfurt, which examine the history of modern art from a global perspective. The purpose is not so much to reveal the shortcomings of the past, but rather to develop a new and complex profile of the respective collections and present a view of what the future of the museums might look like. The results of over three years of work and research will culminate in new presentations of the collections starting in 2017 and will include the museums’ permanent and special exhibition areas to an equal degree. All three projects will highlight their respective collections, on the basis of which they will seek opportunities to incorporate non-Western artistic production.


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - Excentric Modernity

The research activities and exhibitions on “Global Art” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will concentrate on the period from 1905 to 1945.


Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Global Resonances

The Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin aims to create a type of ‘retrospective vision’. What might the collection look like today if the museum hadn’t collected its works based almost exclusively or primarily on the developments and trends of modernity and modernism in Germany, Western Europe and North America?


MMK, Frankfurt am Main - Global Simultaneities

As part of the “Global Museum” programme, the Museum für moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main is developing an exhibition project titled “Global Simultaneities” which presents central works of the MMK collection in an intensive, fruitful dialogue with key works of Latin American art.