NRW Forum Dusseldorf

NRW Forum Dusseldorf

The NRW Forum Dusseldorf am Ehrenhof is an exhibition venue designed by architect Wilhelm Kreis (1873-1955) with expressionist brick facades focusing on photography, digital culture and pop art. On the occasion of the GeSoLei exhibition, the Ehrenhof area was built between 1925 and 1926 according to plans by Wilhelm Kreis. After the GeSoLei, the exhibition building for the NRW Forum initially housed the Reich Museum for Social and Economic Studies. It was opened on June 23, 1928 and represented a new type of contemporary museum.1 Oskar von Miller, the founder of the Deutsches Museum, was involved in its technical, economic and social history exhibition concept.2

As a separating building between the Forum and the Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, two open corner pavilions were built, which contain permanently installed artworks by the Dutch artist Jan Thorn-Prikker (1868-1932): The Day as well as The Night (both 1926). Prikker taught at the Dusseldorf Art Academy in the 1920s; during the Nazi dictatorship, his works were classified as degenerate and covered with plaster. The entire so-called Ehrenhof ensemble is a listed building and, together with the individual buildings Tonhalle, NRW-Forum and Kunstpalast, has received entries in the Düsseldorf list of listed buildings.

A visit to the museum is very worthwhile, in addition, in the foyer is a very nice café with bar. The museum is located in the immediate vicinity of the Tonhalle, also designed by Wilhelm Kreis, on the Oberkasseler Brücke and the Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, in the middle of the so-called Dusseldorf Museum Mile.

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf.

To see the image caption in  English click on the circular infopictogram  on the right below the enlarged photo.

1 Andreas Schroyen: Dusseldorf. The most beautiful city on the Rhine. Erfurt 2012, p. 64 f.
2 Ute Einhoff: Die Dauerbauten der Gesolei: Kunstmuseum und Kunstpalast, Reichsmuseum für Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskunde, Rheinterrasse. In: Jürgen Wiener (ed.): Die Gesolei und die Dusseldorfer Architektur der 20er Jahre. Cologne 2001, p. 50 ff.