Global Museum

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


In recent years, the 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, the MMK Frankfurt and the Lenbachhaus Munich, 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 four projects will highlight their respective collections, on the basis of which they will seek opportunities to incorporate non-Western artistic production.


25 Nov. 2017 – 2 Apr. 2018

The Museum für moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires have developed this exhibition presenting central works of the MMK collection in an intensive, fruitful dialogue with key works of Latin American art.

10 Nov. 2018 – 10 Mar. 2019

The research activities and the exhibition on “Global Art” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen have concentrated on the period from 1910 to 1960.

28 Apr. – 26 Aug. 2018

The Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin created 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?

Opening Autumn 2021

The Lenbachhaus in Munich will stage a major exhibition that explores the potential of the artists’ group “Blue Rider” from a global perspective and places it in the context of other international artists’ collectives of the modernist period.

Mu­se­um Glo­bal: Where do we go from here?

A conference organised by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Federal Cultural Foundation and with kind support from the Freunde der Nationalgalerie e.V.


30 September - 1 October 2019
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin


As part of the “Global Museum” programme of the Federal Cultural Foundation, several German art museums have conducted a critical examination of their collections, and by extension, also the Western canon of modern art. As the MMK in Frankfurt, the Nationalgalerie in Berlin and the Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf conclude their projects, this conference takes stock of the progress achieved thus far: What consequences has “Global Museum” had for the institutions? How and to what extent are the projects the subject of public debate? Are the museums planning to shift their orientation in the long term and what challenges would arise from such a decision? How can museums build a lasting international network and what can they learn from artists?


No upcoming events at present


MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst

Domstraße 10
60311 Frankfurt am Main (external link, opens in a new window)


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart

Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin (external link, opens in a new window)


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
K20 Grabbeplatz

Grabbeplatz 5
40213 Düsseldorf (external link, opens in a new window)


Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau

Luisenstraße 33
80333 München (external link, opens in a new window)