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Hans-Peter Feldmann died at the age of 82


In memories to the outstanding concept artist and great man, the IKS published the talk between him and Kasper König. This very rare conversation was recorded back in 2012. RIP.






Rafaël Rozendaal at Museum Folkwang

IKS produce offical trailer and documentation

21 Apr 2023 – 20 Aug 2023

Rafaël Rozendaal

Color, Code, Communication


Rafaël Rozendaal is one of the best-known players in digital art. As early as the early 2000s, he conceived, presented, and sold works in the form of websites. In his current NFTs, he also creates references to art history, using generative blockchain technologies. Rozendaal's art materializes as immersive installations, in browser windows, as artist books, and in public spaces.

A highlight of the exhibition is the walk-through presentation of 81 Horizons (2021) in the large exhibition hall. The 81-part NFT series is presented over 1,000 square feet as an immersive video installation in which our viewing experience on screens and in browser windows is juxtaposed with contemplative strolling in an exhibition situation.


The IKS was commissioned to produce several films on the exhibition. Many thanks!




photo: Ralph Goertz ©

IKS website reaches 10,000 viewers for the first time per month

The IKS Media Archive is one of the most important media archives of the visual arts and is also becoming increasingly popular as a research tool for museums, art historians and broadcasters. In March 2023, we broke the magic barrier of 10,000 visitors per month for the first time. Thank you very much!


© IKS / Felix Reinecker


IKS producing 99sec at Philara Collection

I’ve Only Got Eyes For You

Sammlung Philara

25 March  – 01.October 2023


In its new exhibition, I’ve Only Got Eyes for You, the Philara Collection is pleased to present a selection of recent acquisitions.

The artists featured use collage, painting, sculpture and photography for figurative representations that address both personal and wider societal issues. With and within these works, they explore and extend definitions of the portrait.


Through moments of recollecting the past and looking ahead to the future, they help us navigate the present. The debate on our roles and self-location against the background of digital realities and social conditions is multi-layered and complex. The focus of the artists in the exhibition ranges across themes of visibility and representation, and discourses on decoloniality and post-humanity, meeting these challenges with images that seek to make our reality more bearable.


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Jana Buch and Thea Mantwill

13 Mornings

KIT - Kunst im Tunnel



In 13 Morgen, a story opens up into the room like a book and forms a bracket for further strands, thoughts and perspectives. Chapters, worlds and sceneries can be passed through in indeterminate order, stand side by side and in relation to each other and unfold their images in the viewer's consciousness. 13 "chapters" as 13 walk-in stations invite visitors to read, listen, linger, think and reflect.


Similar to a reading room, a library or a quiet garden, a space of silence and concentration is to be created in the architecture of the KIT, an illuminated space under the ground that is always at the same temperature, as if we were in the belly of a ship.


In addition to their architectural reference, all stations are symbolically assigned to a year: in the past, the present and the future - spanning 100 years.


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photo: Thea Mantwill, Jana Buch © IKS-Medienarchiv


Laurenz Berges at MGK Siegen

IKS produce film on behalf of the exhibition

Laurenz Berges. Maintaining and Disappearing



Special places and changing living environments are the starting point of Laurenz Berges’ photographic works, which always follow a development process lasting several years. Since the 1990s, his documentary and at the same time poetic series of works have shed a remarkable light on abandoned or deserted areas around Etzweiler, Duisburg and parts of eastern Germany.


In cooperation with the MGK Siegen, filmmaker Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS, and Thomas Thiel, director of the MGK Siegen, have produced a short film on the work of Laurenz Berges.


photo: Laurenz Berges at his Duesseldorf Studio © IKS-Medienarchiv

IKS produces film for 150th anniversary of Villa Hügel

150 years of Hügel, 150 years of transformation - Krupp Foundation in the presence of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The IKS was commissioned to produce a film on the occasion of "150 Years of the Hill - 150 Years of Transformation". Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, was allowed to work on a film based on the Krupp archive. In the presence of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Hendrik Wüst, Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Prof. Ursula Gather, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Krupp Foundation and Thomas Kufen, Lord Mayor of the City of Essen, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation kicked off the anniversary year 2023 with a ceremony and around 200 guests.

Many thanks for this exciting task.


© Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung


Many thanks for the great interview

"Düsseldorf has developed insanely"

Interview by Ilona Marx

Photos by Markus Luigs


Representatives from various working worlds in the city of Düsseldorf were selected for the Düsseldorf Tourism website.

In her interview, journalist Ilona Marx introduces the curator Ralph Goertz - director of the IKS. Thank you very much!


Find the interview here



New format "IKS meets"

Evelyn Richter

Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

22 Sept 2022 – 8 Jan 2023

In the new series "IKS meets", the IKS presents highlights of the exhibition and art scene with a focus on Northern Westfalia.

The first in the series is the exhibition "Evelyn Richter", which was on show at the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf from 22.9.2022 - 8.1.2023.


In a creative period spanning more than 50 years, Richter documented East German life worlds as critically as she did empathetically, always placing people at the centre of her observations.
This is the first comprehensive presentation of Richter's oeuvre in a museum in West Germany. The show presents all of the artist's central groups of works from the beginnings of her career to the turn of the millennium, including series on exhibition visitors in museums from Moscow to Cologne, on artists and especially musicians in action, on people in transit, in trains and suburban trains, as well as on the theme of work, with Richter focusing in particular on women and apprentices.


"IKS meets Evelyn Richter"




Mercedes Azpilicueta

Susurros barrocos | Barockes Flüstern

Sammlung Philara

11.11.2022 - 05.03.2023

The Philara Collection is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Germany by internationally renowned artist Mercedes Azpilicueta (b. 1981 in La Plata, Argentina). The artistic practice of Amsterdam-based artist Azpilicueta ranges across performance, drawings, textile works, video art and installation, giving voice to queer, feminist and marginalised figures.


In fluid, associative connections, she counters rigid historical narratives, seeking to dismantle them and make room for affective and dissident voices to emerge. Her works are inspired by speculative and fictional Latino literature, the history of (neo-)Baroque art, decolonial history, contemporary popular culture, and various aspects of craft techniques and textile production.

Isabel Hernandez from the IKS met the artist for an interview.




photo: Isabel Hernandez ©


IKS comissioned by Draiflessen Collection

THE FINAL BID. Michael Pinsky

30 Oct 2022 – 26 Feb 2023


In his installation, Michael Pinsky questions the topic of sustainability and the inflationary use of the term. Many ask themselves whether they can make a difference at all and what steps would make sense.

British artist Michael Pinsky makes this the starting point for his processual installation The Final Bid, which he will be premiering at the Draiflessen Collection. What makes up the largest portion of our average greenhouse gas emissions here in Germany is not air travel, energy consumption, or food, but — at about 4 tons per person — the consumption of manufactured goods such as furniture, clothing, and appliances.

In a playful way, Pinsky invites people to take an active step and interrupt the never-ending flow of new goods in a symbolic action.


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Foto: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

Facing Britain opens in Hanover

GAF - Gallery for Photography shows 135 works

19.10. - 27.11.2022

The brilliant picture show "Facing Britain" presents a multifaceted view of the British Isle and its social and cultural characteristics. In addition to everyday scenes that are as banal as they are curious and sympathetic, viewers are also made aware of politically explosive events: Ascot meets Belfast, the Falklands War meets intimate moments in British living rooms, hip bankers meet desperate workers. Where the boundaries of the documentary blur, aspects of artistic or portrait photography come to light.


The exhibition "Facing Britain", curated by Ralph Goertz, will be shown for the first time at GAF - Galerie für Fotografie after venues in Goch, Darmstadt, Goslar and Kraków.



IKS goes Liechtenstein
Candida Höfer at the Lichtenstein Art Museum, Vaduz

For the exhibition "Candida Höfer. Lichtenstein" from - 10.04.2023 at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, the renowned artist Candida Höfer has created a new series of works.

She took the group of 20 photographs of motifs last year especially for the show. In interplay with selected works from classical modernism to the present, a mutually enriching dialogue unfolds between Candida Höfer and the collections of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and the Hilti Art Foundation.

As part of the exhibition, our documentary film "Candida Höfer. Sense of Space" by Ralph Goertz will be shown. Thank you!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS goes Florence

Dokumentary on Tony Cragg at Museo Novecento


The Museo Novecento in Florence presents for the first time a huge survey show on British sculptor Tony Cragg. As part of the show "Tony Cragg. Transfer" the museum do present our documentary "Tony Cragg. Parts of the World" by Ralph Goertz. Many thanks!


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Documentary on Jörg Sasse now ready for streaming

Vimeo on Demand - with English subtitles


Our documentary "JÖRG SASSE - works 1981 - 2016" is now available on vimeo on demand in an exclusive version with English subtitles. The film by Ralph Goertz gives a deep inside view on the work by Jörg Sasse, but also a deeper understanding on contemporary photography. TOP!


50,000 visitors at "Candida Höfer. Image and Space"

Around 50,000 paying visitors were recorded at the exhibition curated by Ralph Goertz (IKS) and Ludger Derenthal (SMB) "Image and Space. Candida Höfer in dialogue with the Photography Collection of the Art Library" at the Museum of Photography in Berlin.

The first cooperation between the IKS and the National Museums in Berlin was internationally acclaimed by visitors and the press. A total of 90 works by Candida Höfer entered into an artistic dialogue with 120 works from the last 150 years from the Art Library's collection - including works by Eugène Atget, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Frank Cousins, Florence Henri and Helga Paris.

We are delighted about the great cooperation and the success of the exhibition!




© IKS-Medienarchiv


Breathing Water, Drinking Air at  the Philara Collection Duesseldorf

12 Aug 2022 - 25 June 2023


IKS did produce their "99sec. of" on the new presentation of the Philara Collection under the title "Breathing Water, Drinking Air".


The presentation shows never previously exhibited works, while also offering new perspectives on those already familiar. It encompasses both international and local contemporary art, including photography, painting, video, sculpture, installation, and performance. Breathing Water, Drinking Air engages with reflection within and on nature, and the hierarchisation of humanity and nature. The thematic focus of the exhibition is on permeable boundaries, exchange and interaction, as well as nature’s capacity to act in times often termed the ‘Anthropocene’, where the relationship between humanity and nature has fundamentally changed. The precious and evocative resources of air and water represent here a world of unknown existences, as well as fundamental concepts that disclose new perspectives. Breathing and drinking are understood not only as activities essential for provision and survival but also as elements of the renegotiation of relations between humanity and the environment in overcoming anthropocentrism.


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Martha Jungwirth at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

2.9. – 20.11.2022


Landscapes, portraits, Goya’s Maja, animals, witches and Lady Gaga, a house, or just a group of written characters, some of which are from antiquity or the time of the pharaohs—Martha Jungwirth’s painting is enormously diverse. Often it appears in an empty field, in an endless space.

The artist uses special grounds for her paintings such as cardboard, brown or lined paper, the backs of paintings, old maps, and account books: surfaces that suggest a story, as do the historical subjects from Greek mythology and art history that she includes in her work. And yet, to her it is all ultimately a spot: “a spot is a spot is a spot an intelligent one or a stupid one, nothing else,” as she once said.


Martha Jungwirth (* 1940 in Vienna) occupies a singular position in Austrian painting with her poetic, abstract watercolours and oil paintings and her gestural style of painting. From 1956 to 1963 she studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and she initially exhibited along with five male colleagues in the artist group Wirklichkeiten. In 1977 she was invited to participate in documenta 6.


The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf presents with 80 works her largest survey show in Germany.




Foto: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS comissioned by MGK Siegen

Miriam Cahn receives 14th RubensPrize


Miriam Cahn will be awarded the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen on June, 26th, 2022, an honour that is combined with a solo exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

​14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen

Miriam Cahn will be awarded the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen on June, 26th, 2022, an honour that is combined with a solo exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

Since the beginnings of her artistic development during the 1970s, Miriam Cahn has adopted a consciously feminist and self-determined standpoint. Starting out from drawing and completely unfettered by academic rules, Cahn has produced a painterly œuvre of immense expressive power, also incorporating other artistic forms such as writing, photography, filming and sculptural work.
The focus of her interest is mankind, the fragility of the human body as well as its relationship to nature: to animals, plants and landscapes. Personal experiences, family memories and present-day observations are combined with socio-political events. Womanhood, gender, love, sexuality, violence, anti-Semitism, war and flight are recurring themes in her work.

Ralph Goertz met the artist for an interview. Many thanks!




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Zobacz: Brytania opens at MuFo Kraków

First international collaboration by IKS PHOTO

Museum für Photography Kraków

16 Jun. - 18 Sept. 2022


FACING BRITAIN will be presented at MuFo - Museum for Photography Kraków as the first international collaboration by the IKS PHOTO department. The show presents 204 works by 39 photographers and was curated by Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, together with Dominik Kurylek (MuFo Kraków).


"The photographs presented in the exhibition show the originality of British photography and testify to the attitude of documentary filmmakers who, thanks to their exceptional ability to establish close contact with the photographed, create striking images that encourage critical but comprehensive reflection on the reality depicted."

Ewelina Bajorek-Dziuban,



photos © IKS-Medienarchiv


Theresa Eipeldauer, Christoph Lohmann, Bastian Muhr, Sofie Thorsen + Elisabeth Bertelmann (strike a pose 23rd-25th June)

Petra Rinck Galerie

Jun 11, 2022-Aug 13, 2022


The conceptual approaches of these artists, who all live in Germany or Austria, are as diverse as the techniques used in their works. What they all have in common is a restrained and reduced use of color.


Drawings in pencil or colored pencil attract less attention at first glance due to their lack of intense color, but for many artists they represent the beginning of an idea and thus acquire a high significance. The drawn or painted line fixes outlines, creates frottages, and builds structures, as well as filling entire surfaces, to name just a few aspects of the exhibited works. With the works of these four artists, we present a variety of thematic concepts and shared formal similarities.

Isabel Hernandez met the artists for an interview.


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Shifting Dialogues

Photography from The Walther Collection

Kunstsammlung NRW / K21

Apr 9, 2022 — Sep 25, 2022


With more than 500 photographic works from Africa, its diaspora, and Europe, the exhibition “Shifting Dialogues. Photography from The Walther Collection” traces the development of photography as a history of transnational parallels and contradictions: showcasing the beginnings of ethnographic images during the colonial era, self-determined studio photography – and politics of self-fashioning – from the 1940s onwards, and the potent visual activism practiced by a constituency of contemporary artists in the present. The photographic and lens-based media artworks assembled here systematically reveal the ambivalent – and shifting – relationship between image and self-image, portraiture and social identity, representation and performance.


An important point of reference is the 2010 group exhibition “Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity,” curated by Okwui Enwezor (1963 – 2019) for The Walther Collection. A decade later, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen pays tribute to Okwui Enwezor’s pioneering curatorial vision and the extraordinary commitment of the collector Artur Walther. Thanks to their profound contributions toward expanding the cultural history of photography, we are now able to present groundbreaking projects which have hardly been considered within this museum’s discourse until now.


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Nontsikelelo (Lolo) Veleko, Nonkululeko, 2003. © The artist. Courtesy die Künstlerin, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and The Walther Collection, Neu- Ulm/New York.


Draiflessen Collection comissioned IKS for producing a trailer


08.05.2022 – 31.07.2022


The exhibition "The Art of Repetition" at the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen asks questions about the value and significanse of a work of art. Therefore the scholarly study, historical context, and public recognition of the work play a major role. But what are our criteria and standards when it comes to works that copy those which someone else has created in the “original”? The exhibition shows plaster casts, copies of paintings, graphics, and architectural models from the nineteeth century that admit different perspectives on this issue.




photo © Draiflessen Collection / Henning Rogge


Jan Albers on view at VAN HORN

8 April - 11 June 2022


The Duesseldorf based Gallery VAN HORN presents between 8 April and 11 June 2022 the new exhibition "Spreingbreak" with new works by Jan Albers.

Isabel Hernandez met the artist for an interview in occasion of our "99sec. of". Many thanks.


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photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produces author portraits for 47th Mülheim Theatre Days

7 - 26 May 2022

For the 47th Mülheim Theatre Days - the forum of contemporary German-language drama - the IKS and Ralph Goertz have again been commissioned to produce 10 cinematic portraits of the nominated authors.

Since 1976, the German-speaking theater scene has looked to Mülheim an der Ruhr every May. As part of the Mülheim Theater Days "Stuecke", seven to eight plays are shown here in the most effective performance, usually the world premiere. At the end of the theater days, a jury of critics and theater professionals awards the Mülheim Drama Prize, worth 15,000 euros, to the best playwright.

In Mülheim, the focus is on the play texts, not their staging. The concentration on the text makes the festival unique. Thank you very much for your trust and your renewed support!


photo: Helgard Haug (Rimini Protokoll) © IKS-Medienarchiv


Happiness Is a State of Mind

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

26.3. – 22.5.2022


Individual and collective ideas about happiness and its presence or absence can be very different. In communities, we define happiness largely in terms of the opportunity to participate. Whether we consider ourselves happy as individuals can depend on a wide variety of material and non-material factors.

Our attitude toward freedom is also constantly changing. What does freedom mean to us today? The freedom to chose our own lifestyle? The freedom to pursue personal happiness? Or a political ideal that is still worth fighting for?

In the works of thirteen artists with ties to Düsseldorf these aspects are critically examined in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and installations. The artists’ balancing of the aesthetic becomes immediately apparent to visitors from the atmosphere it creates in the exhibition space.




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


New exhibition with Candida Höfer. Collaboration between Museum for Photography Berlin and IKS PHOTO.

Image and Space. Candida Höfer in Dialogue with the Photography Collection of the Kunstbibliothek

25.03.2022 to 28.08.2022
Museum für Fotografie Berlin


Candida Höfer explores built spaces in her photography. Her world-famous interiors focus on libraries, museums, restaurants, theaters, and other public spaces, allowing us to experience architecture in a new way. In comparison with photographic interiors from the Kunst-bibliothek's Photography Collection, which is over 150 years old, a dialogue develops between applied photography and artistic work.

With approximately 90 works, the exhibition at Berlin's Museum für Fotografie opens up a broad cross-section of Candida Höfer's photographs from 1980 to the immediate present. The long tradition of her architectural photographs, however, also extends deep into the classical canon of this field of work. In dialogue with pendants and counter-images from the Kunstbibliothek's Photography Collection, Höfer's particular approach to her pictorial motifs is revealed in a particularly impressive way.


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Lygia Pape at K20

Lygia Pape. The Skin of ALL

Kunstsammlung NRW

19 March  — 17 Juli 2022


The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is dedicating its first solo exhibition in Germany to the Brazilian avantgarde artist, Lygia Pape (1927–2004). Titled “The Skin of ALL,” the exhibition presents the artist’s multifaceted, interdisciplinary oeuvre, which, based on her irrepressible love of experimentation, was developed continuously over five decades.


Her oeuvre includes abstract-geometric paintings, drawings, reliefs, unique woodcuts, two ballet compositions, sculptures and poems, as well as experimental films, immersive spatial installations or collective performances and explorations of public space.


Together with Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape was one of the key figures of the neo-concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s in Brazil. Her specific understanding of a geometric abstraction resulted in a radical new conception of concrete-constructivist art. In addition to ethical and socio-political issues and against the backdrop of the twenty-year-long dictatorship in Brazil, Lygia Pape harnessed her poetic works to champion experimental and sensory experiences of every stripe. For her, the viewers were the actual creators of her works.


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IKS commissioned by Ludwig Forum Aachen

Rosemary Mayer

Ways of Attaching

05.03.2022 – 22.05.2022


Ways of Attaching is the first institutional survey exhibition by the American artist Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014). The exhibition provides extensive insights into Mayer’s body of work over four decades: ranging from early conceptual experiments of the late 1960s, to textile sculptures and drawings made in the early 1970s, to ‘temporary monuments’ from 1977-1982.

Ways of Attaching at Ludwig Forum Aachen is the most comprehensive presentation of Rosemary Mayer’s artistic practice to date. Along with her late work, the exhibition comprises all the artist’s preserved textile sculptures, including three prominent ones named after historical female figures: Hroswitha, The Catherines, and Galla Placidia. Originally created in 1972-73 for Mayer’s solo exhibition at the now legendary A.I.R. Gallery, they have been brought together again for the first time since then.

Ralph Goertz met curator Eva Birkenstock for an interview.



IKS produce trailer for Von der Heydt-Museum

Hans-Christian Schink

Friendship request No 1

27 Feb 2022 - 10 July 2022


The Von der Heydt Museum's first "friendship request" is for Hans-Christian Schink (born 1961). The exhibition, which brings together works from the past two decades by the photographer with major works from the collection on landscape painting in the 19th century, opens a series in which renowned contemporary artists are invited to engage with the museum's rich holdings.

The IKS and Ralph Goertz have been commissioned to develop several filmic formats to accompany the exhibition. Many thanks.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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