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.

MMK, Frankfurt am Main - A Tale of Two Worlds

25 Nov. 2017 - 2 Apr. 2018

As part of the “Global Museum” programme, the Museum für moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main ) and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires have developed an exhibition titled “A Tale of Two Worlds” which presented central works of the MMK collection in an intensive, fruitful dialogue with key works of Latin American art. More


Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Hello World. Revising a Collection

28 Apr. 2018 - 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?


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism

10 Nov. 2018 - 10 Mar. 2019

The research activities and exhibitions on “Global Art” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will concentrate on the period from 1910 to 1960.


Lenbachhaus Munich - Group Dynamics. The Blue Rider Collection and the Artists’ Collectives of the Modernist Period in a Global Context

Opening Spring 2021

The Lenbachhaus in Munich is home to the world’s largest collection of art produced by the “Blue Rider” (Der Blaue Reiter). For the first time in its history, the museum will stage a major exhibition that explores the potential of this artists’ group from a global perspective and places it in the context of other international artists’ collectives of the modernist period.



Museal Epis­ode

The four-part international series of symposiums “Museal Episode” is a joint project by the Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Cultural Foundation to promote discourse on the global future of museums and inspire new ideas and museum projects.#

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MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst

Domstraße 10
60311 Frankfurt am Main


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart

Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
K20 Grabbeplatz

Grabbeplatz 5
40213 Düsseldorf


Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau

Luisenstraße 33
80333 München