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#02 Oda Jaune


In our new series we will publish once a month one of our rare documentary photographs out of our archive, which will present an artist who has a special relationship to Duesseldorf.

In 2008 we met the young painter Oda Jaune at her studio in Duesseldorf and were allowed to film her while she was painting.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Mischa Kuball at Jewish Museum Berlin

res·o·nant by Mischa Kuball

A Light and Sound Installationat

Jewish Museum Berlin

starting from 17 Nov. 2017


The Jewish Museum Berlin ist exhibiting res·o·nant – a walk-through light and sound installation by the Düsseldorf conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. Kuball created the installation specially for the new exhibition space on the lower ground floor of the Libeskind building.

Covering a total floor space of more than 350 square meters, res·o·nant incorporates two of the five vertical voids that perforate the Museum building. These symbolically laden empty spaces form the starting point for the artist’s work, which refers to the materiality, effect and signification of the voids. Museum visitors will thus have the opportunity to re-discover these two voids, which have become something of a Museum trademark since the opening of the Museum in 2001.

In these rooms with 24-meter-high ceilings, rotating projectors cast light fields in the form of the outline of the voids onto walls and ceiling. By means of rotating mirror elements and stroboscopic light impulses, there arises, in the words of the artist, a "resonance between architecture and skin."


We met the artist for an interview. Many thanks!


Watch the Trailer


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Maria Hassabi

STAGING: Solo #2

9 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

The compelling performances and live installations of the New York based artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi (born in Cyprus in 1973) are austerely composed choreographies which involve the unfolding of decelerated movement in space. Her works, which have been featured internationally in museums, at festivals, in galleries, in theaters and public spaces, explore the intricate relationship between body and image, using extended duration and precise micro-movements to develop a radical sculptural corporeality. Here, the transitions between the slowly enacted movements of the dancers, and the time intervals that separate moments of prolonged stillness, emerge as the actual space of experience.

For the monumental space of the Grabbe Halle at the K20, Maria Hassabi will present STAGING: Solo #2 (2017), which reimagines and adapts her multi-sited installation STAGING (2017).


Watch the trailer!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

Performer: Hristoula Harakas © Maria Hassabi


New series "30 seconds of: major moments in art history"

#01 Joel Meyerowitz. From a moving car


The archive of the IKS counts as the biggest private archives on film documents on art in Germany. Now we decides to start sharing the best moments in art history with the public and created the format "30 seconds of:"

As a start up we are proud to present Joel Meyerowitz.


After his first trip to Europe in 1966/67, the american photographer Joel Meyerowitz came back with an impressive bunch of works. The beautiful series "from a moving car", which was shot during this trip, was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (curator: John Sarkowsky). The original set of all 40 photographs was exhibited for the second time at the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf at the first Retrospective on Joel Meyerowitz in Europe (curator: Ralph Goertz) and is now partly on view at the C/O Berlin.


IKS produced 70th artist film

Carmen Herrera - Lines of Sight

A film by Ralph Goertz


In co-operation with the Kunstsammlung Northern-Westfalia in Duesseldorf we produced our 70th art documentary on Carmen Herrera. The film will be displayed as part of the exhibition and follows the footsteps of Carmen Herrera in New York and Paris, where she lived between 1948 and 1954. In Paris she has built her own artistic vocabulary which she is using till today.

The film by Ralph Goertz is available on DVD at the shop of the K20.



Carmen Herrera at K20 in Duesseldorf

Kunstsammlung Northern-Westfalia

2 December 2017 - 8 April 2018


The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents the largest exhibition to date devoted to the Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, featuring works drawn from a span of 70 years. Herrera is among the pioneers of geometric abstraction in the United States. This wide-ranging presentation includes circa 70 works and involves paintings, works on paper, and sculptures produced between 1947 and 2017. Herrera – who is now 102 years old – was long ignored by the art world: she sold her first picture at the age of 89. Up to the present, this New York-based artist continues to create powerful, eye-catching works.

We were asked to produce the official trailer for the show!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Expert talk with Wolfgang Ullrich

Npvember 23, 2017, Museum Kunstpalast


What is more important in contemporary photography: the finger, the eye or the concept? The art scientist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and Ralph Goertz, curator of the exhibition "Axel Hütte. Night and Day ", shed light on the multi-faceted works of Axel Hütte from different perspectives - starting with a classification in the Düsseldorf photo school, through the use of pictorial strategies, to a journey through the world of art.



Akram Zaatari. Against Photography

Kunstsammlung NRW - Ständehaus, K21

18 Nov. 2017 - 25. Feb .2018


Photographic objects have been the centre of Akram Zaatari’s (born in Saida/Lebanon in 1966, lives and works in Beirut) artistic practice since 1995. Photographic formations or emergences, as he calls them, are the focus of this exhibition: enigmatic objects that bear traces of past events and accompany people through key moments in their lives. Cherished at times, destroyed at others, photographs are capable of provoking diverse and extreme reactions. Initially, capturing instances, they change over time. The perception of an image changes, but sometimes the physicality of the object itself is also altered as a result of its contact with the natural, social and political environment. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (1997 in Beirut) and as principle contributor to its expanding collection, Zaatari’s oeuvre represents an uncompromising contribution to the discourse on photography and its changing function over the years.


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photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Ralph Goertz gives a guest lecture at the FH Niederrhein

On 24.10. the head of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was invited as an assistant professor to a lecture about "Axel Hütte and the Dusseldorf photo school" in the photo class of Prof. Gudrun Kemsa to the FH Niederrhein. Thank you very much for the invitation and the high attention of the students!


IKS started new Photo-Series:

Meeting the Artist

#01 Robert Longo / Hans Mayer


In our new series we will publish once a month one of our rare documentary photographs out of our archive, which will present an international best known artist who has a special relationship to Düsseldorf. Our first photograph shows "ROBERT LONGO / HANS MAYER". Robert Longo counts to one o the most important american artists and is presented by the Düssesdorf based Gallery Hans Mayer. We met them togethe in 2009.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Catharina van Eetvelde at Museum Folkwang

Catharina van Eetvelde / Ilk

Sept. 29, 2017 – January 14, 2018


Catharina van Eetvelde’s (b. 1967) multifaceted oeuvre draws on the formal elements of scientific illustrations. Van Eetvelde puts her drawings together in contrasting combinations with text fragments and photographs as well as with three-dimensional objects, raising questions about the representation of nature and the production of knowledge.

We were aked to produce the official trailer for the exhibition. Many thanks!


Official Trailer


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Thomas Ruff at Whitechapel Gallery in London

Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017
27 September 2017 – 21 January 2018


Cosmology, suburbia, nudity, utopianism, catastrophe – these are some of the subjects that Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, Germany) addresses in his photographic series, which for almost four decades have investigated the status of the image in contemporary culture. This exhibition will draw from the full range of Ruff’s output: from his acclaimed Portraits – passport-style portraits, reproduced on a huge scale and revealing every surface detail of their subjects, to his most recent press++ photographs, drawing on newspaper archives from the era of the space race and Hollywood starlets.


99 Seconds of: Thomas Ruff


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


99 Seconds of: Axel Hütte. Night and Day

Museum Kunstpalast / 23.09.2017 - 14.01.2018 / Curator: Ralph Goertz

3000 visitors at opening weekend "Axel Hütte. Night and Day"

On Friday 22nd September 2017 the opening of the exhibition "Axelhütte Night and Day" (curator: Ralph Goertz / IKS) took place under a large audience. Axel Hütte first studied two semesters in the film class, then switched to the famous photographic class of Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. For his work, he traveled all continents of the world in search of image structures and created works that disturbed, irritated, cloaked and at the same time offered an intellectual space behind his fog and night views. The exhibition presents 70 large-scale works on the subject of landscape photography and is the largest presentation of his works in Germany.

A visit to the highly praised exhibition is worthwhile !!


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photos: Isabel Hernandez © IKS


Ralph Goertz curated "Axel Hütte. Night and Day" at Museum Kunstpalast


The photographic artist Axel Hütte ranks among the most important representatives of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. He is considered a ‘landscape painter’ among contemporary photographers, although alongside the topic of landscape, a further focus of his work is on architecture. Axel Hütte draws his motifs from the urbanity of major cities, from Alpine glaciers and the South-American jungle. His photographs surprise the viewer with their unusual pictorial structures and phenomena of perception, thus localizing his photographic work far beyond the documentary.

This largest exhibition to date of the Düsseldorf photographer presents approximately 70 large-scale daytime and night-time pictures created between 1995 and 2017, including a number of works from Canada and the USA, which have never been shown publicly. Axel Hütte started his cycle of night pictures with sparsely lit landscapes and in later years focussed his attention on illuminated metropolises on different continents.


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was asked by Beat Wismer, director of the Museum Kunstpalast, to curate the exhibtion in cooperation with the artist. Many thanks! Opening is on 22 September, 7pm.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Alexander Kluge. Pluriverse at Museum Folkwang

Sept. 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018


Alexander Kluge sees himself as an author. He inspires his readers, listeners and viewers with his films, texts interviews and much more besides. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Museum Folkwang is presenting an exhaustive exhibition destined to visualize the core of his multimedia oeuvre. Kluge forges links and then explores through them what makes human beings tick, how we are unique and stubborn, capable of judgement, to what extent history and stories are stored within us, what felt and what real options for action we have, and why our biographies are a currency.

Kluge has made countless new films especially for the exhibition, among them the 5-channel projection entitled “Pluriversum”, which revolves around film history. Moreover, for the first time Kluge offers us a glimpse into his extensive archive of short film sequences – on which he draws to create new films.

We were asked to produce the official trailer for the exhibition. Many thanks!


Trailer Pluriversum


freeze frame © Alexander Kluge


Tobias Zielony in der Kunsthalle Barmen

Tobias Zielony - Haus der Jugend

10 Sept 2017 - 14 Jan. 2018


Zielony photographed places that are avoided in the collective perception of our society. Often, young people and young adults are coming out of this environment and are visibly exposed to the public, who seek confrontation with their struggle for self-confidence and identity. The exhibition in the Von der Heydt Kunsthalle focuses on the latest work of Zielony. For the first time a series of photographs, made by Zielony 2016/2017 in Ukraine, will be presented to the public. These new works entitled "Maskirovka" deal with the techno and queer scene in Kiev in the wake of the revolution of 2013.

We met the artist for the interview and were allowed to accompany him during the construction of his exhibition. Many thanks!


99 Seconds of: Haus der Jugend


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


DC Open / Berit Schneidereit at Gallery Cosar HMT

8 Sept - 27 Oct 2017


The young artist Berit Schneidereit (* 1988 in Frankfurt) studied at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf first with Hubert Kiecol and then with Andreas Gursky. In her darkroom she experiments with the basic elements of photography, light and paper, combining skillful digital and analogue techniques to abstract photograms. We met the artist in her first exhibition for an interview. Many thanks!


99 Seconds of: Terrain


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


DC Open / Wendy White at VAN HORN Gallery

8 Sept. - 4 Nov. 2017


The American artist Wendy White uses a collage technique in her works, combining painting, photography and textile materials. In her "Kelly Girl" series (2017) she uses b/w photographs of American professional drivers from the 1970s and 1980s as a basic element for her work. She is dealing with the gender role in men-dominated professional sports and breaks the stereotype of women in motor racing. Next to the "Kelly Girl" she presents her series "Jeans" (2017).


99 Seconds of: Kelly Girl


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Jorike Tenbergen at Museum Folkwang

Caution! Contaminated Context II

24 Aug - 8 Oct 2017


Relativity and shifts in content as well as in semantic contexts form the crux of the artistic work of Jorieke Tenbergens (born 1993, Zevenaar, Netherlands), who graduated from the Arnheimer ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design (NL) only a short while ago, in 2016. With a distinction for an unusual and extraordinary men’s collection. She samples and loops, renegotiates what she finds in the print media or online. Everything seems to be equally relevant, in terms of theme, materials, shapes or semantic persuasiveness, and then gets subjected to a transformation that may even culminate in the emergence of a new alphabet.

We met the artist for an interview and produced a trailer for the Museum Folkwang (including the performance "Walking Act" with a sound performance by Julia Bünnagel).


Trailer Museum Folkwang


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Thomas Grünfeld at the Philara Collection Duesseldorf

2 Sep. - 22 Oct. 2017


Thomas Grünfelds work first achieved international attention with his "misfits" series, a group of hybrid animal sculptures which he began in the late eighties. After his 2014 retrospective Homey at the Museum Morsbroich in his hometown of Leverkusen, Grünfeld, who is also a professor for sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, will present several upholstered objects from the the series "Fireplaces" (2016) alongside the twelve-part dye-transfer series "Heimspiel" (1999).

We were allowed o meet Thomas Grünfeld during the setup for an interview. Many thanks!


99 Seconds of: intercom


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS at daily newspaper Rheinische Post


The culture journalist Annette Bosetti has written a nice article on our new documentary "Hans-Peter Feldmann: without words" and the director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz: "The photographer of the photographs". Many thanks!





Elmgreen & Dragset / Die Zugezogenen

Museum Haus Lange / untill 27 August 2017


For their solo exhibition Die Zugezogenen [The Newcomers], Elmgreen & Dragset treat Haus Lange as it was originally intended: a family home. The artist duo stages the moment that a fictional German family moves in. Having previously relocated to Britain, the family has now decided to move back to Germany following Brexit.
Elmgreen & Dragset combine their own sculptural work with ready-made furniture and artefacts in order to create a domestic setting. Some items have already been unpacked and installed, while others remain semi-wrapped or in boxes. Presenting the family’s move as a symbol of a changing Europe, the exhibition reflects upon the visions of Modernist architecture in light of today’s reality, and considers how many of these ideals now seem distant from our current, global, geopolitical situation.


99 Seconds of: Die Zugezogenen!


Hans-Peter Feldmann "without words"

a film by Ralph Goertz

now available at book shops / Walther König books

ISBN-No. 978-3-86335-971-3 or online!


Erik Kessels at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf

12 Aug - 5 Nov 2017


Erik Kessels ranks among the most important creative professionals in Europe. He co-founded the international agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and is not only a advertisers, but also an artist, curator, publicist and a passionate collector of photographs. 

The Erik Kessels & Friends exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation in Germany of this Dutch artist and advertiser who has a preference for the imperfect and the incomplete. The exhibit will showcase the most important works of the past 20 years. Aside from that, he has invited along five friends, the artists Paul Kooiker, Joan Fontcuberta, Peter Piller, Joachim Schmid and Ruth van Beek, who will be intervening in the survey exhibition with their own works.

We met the artist for an interview and talked about his attitude on contemparary photography. May thanks!


99 Seconds of: Kessels & Friends


photo © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS released documentary on German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann

"without words" - a film by Ralph Goertz



It was a journey into the undefined. When we started the filming of a documentary about the German conceptual artist in 2010, it was not clear whether a film should finally be released. The media artist does not give interviews. Therefore comes the 30min. Film (almost) without language and developed itself over the years to the concept film. Hans-Peter Feldmann is considered to be one of the most important contemporary artists in Germany and influenced the artist's generation to this day. With humor, irony and poetry, he creates his works of art and reveals his very personal gaze on art and his understanding of art.


Watch the trailer:


As a bonus track you will find a very rare 40 min. artist talk with Kasper König!

The film has been published by Koenig books and will be available via ISBN (978-3-86335-971-3) or online!


"Art et Liberté" – Surrealism in Egypt (1938-48) at the K20

15 July - 15 Oct. 2017


This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the largely forgotten Cairo based group "Art et Liberté" (art and liberty, jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah). The exhibition presents more than 200 works from around 50 collections in 12 different countries, including paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, films, books, and archival documents. At the dawn of World War II and during Egypt’s colonial rule by the British Empire the surrealist collective of artists and writers was engaged in its defiance of Fascism, Nationalism and Colonialism.


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photo © IKS-Medienarchiv


SPOT ON: 1937. The "degenerate art" in Düsseldorf

Museum Kunstpalast

14 July until Summer 2018


In the Düsseldorf Art Collections alone, around 1.000 artworks left the museum storerooms. In addition, many modern works were exchanged or sold on the museum‘s own initiative between 1933 and 1945.

In 2013, inventory records and other documents in the museum and in the municipal archives relating to the confiscation were studied in detail for the first time. The project was initiated by the museum‘s provenance researcher and the Research Center for “Degenerate Art“ at the Freie Universität in Berlin and resulted in a comprehensive update of the Center’s research database.

This year, exactly 80 years after the confiscation, our museum wants to put the insights of this research project into perspective and communicate it to a larger audience.


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Foto © IKS-Medienarchiv

Mythos Tour de France im NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

18.05. - 30.07.2017

"Mythos Tour de France" will span more than 80 years of Tour history with over 120 works by 20 international artists and will showcase the powerful imagery of the most important bike race in the world. It will shine a light on the tumultuous history of the Tour de France, show its splendour and its more shady aspects and demonstrate how sporting events and image events are interdependent. This exhibition will interweave different narrative threads and artistic perspectives and explore the following question: how did the Tour create its mystique?

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photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv 2017

Cranach at Museum Kunstpalast

CRANACH Master - Brand - Modernism
Museum Kunstpalast


photo: Isabel Hernandez

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