Founded in 1913, the Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf is an exhibition venue rebuilt with expressionist brick facades according to the plans of Wilhelm Kreis (1873-1955). The archtitect Kreis also built the Tonhalle, completed in 1926 under the name Rheinhalle. The neoclassical architecture of the museum was in keeping with the efforts of its creators to emphasize the importance of the then relatively young German Empire and the new significance of Düsseldorf as a major city through monumental and palatial design. Likewise, the Rhine embankment was to be architecturally embellished.
The museum is the final point of Düsseldorf’s museum mile around the Ehrenhof, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the Tonhalle, the Rheinterrassen on the Josef Beuys Ufer, which were also built between 1924 and 1926 according to plans by Wilhelm Kreis, and the Museum NRW Forum. A visit to these facilities is worthwhile, as is a visit to all the museums or venues mentioned.
Permanent collection and special exhibitions
The permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs ranges from the Middle Ages to the present. Also included is a glass collection (Glasmuseum Hentrich). The NRW-Forum became part of the Kunstpalast in 2020. The permanent collection includes some works by prominent artists: Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1616/1618, oil on oak). Joos van Winghe (1544-1603): Samson and Delilah (c. 1580, oil on canvas), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553): The Unequal Couple (c. 1530, oil on beechwood), and photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher.
In addition, there are temporary exhibitions, mostly by contemporary artists who are still alive. As part of the special exhibition „Die Grosse“ world-famous artists are exhibited in the Kunstpalast to this day: March Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Claude Monet. During the special exhibition Bonjour Russia (2008) works from the collection Hermitage Saint Petersburg by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Kandinsky, Chagall, Henri Matisse and Kazimir Severinovich Malevich.
Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4-5, 40479 Düsseldorf.
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