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The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport announce: Quadriennale Duesseldorf 2014 in Full Swing and Moving into Summer Mode

May 23, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

It’s only been the first six weeks, but the 13 major art venues participating in Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014 – the major fine arts festival that takes the art capital Düsseldorf up a few notches every four years – have already hosted over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

Things will only get more intense as the weather gets warmer and the festival expands beyond the indoor exhibits. Soon, events will also happen outdoors all over the city, when the festival’s “summer mode” begins with a video night on May 31. Called “ARENA – a video course for Düsseldorf’s Old Town,” video art will be shown in 19 bars, pubs and restaurants between the Rhine River Promenade and the city square called “Grabbeplatz.”

This year’s Quadriennale Düsseldorf theme “Beyond Tomorrow” explores how artists see the future. Other highlights , include:

“Art and Alchemy – The Mystery of Transformation” (Kunst und Alchemie – Das Geheimnis der Verwandlung) at the Museum Kunstpalast, an exhibit about the electrifying relationship between art and alchemy, with a variety of works from antiquity to the modern age. Artists shown include: Joseph Beuys, Jan Brueghel d.Ä., Lucas Cranach, Hendrick Goltzius, Max Ernst, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Peter Paul Rubens.gI_83776_Ehrenhof II250reduced

Kunstsammlung K20 Grabbeplatz, which houses the collection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, is showing “Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian – The Infinite White Abyss” (Kandinsky, Malewitsch, Mondrian – Der weiße Abgrund Unendlichkeit), an exploration of white parts in the works of the three artists till July 6.

Utopic and anti-utopic aspects of life below ground are the focus of an exhibit at Kunstsammlung K21Ständehaus, titled “Beneath the Ground: From Kafka to Kippenberger” (Unter der Erde: Von Kafka bis Kippenberger).

“Smart New World” is the name of the exhibit at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, which examines “data capitalism” and its effects on everyday life, such as permanent surveillance and the shifting of lives from private to public.

For a full program of Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014, visit or download the bilingual program at

The city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014. The travel package called “Quadriennale 2014” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at Prices start at €89 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 3-star hotel in the city center and at €119 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits, 1 ticket to Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), a city information package, and a MERIAN city guide.

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