Taking Root in Düsseldorf

How do contemporary artists root themselves in a world full of conflicting interests and without clear direction?

This exhibition presents the work of eleven artists with an interest in cultural and natural origin, as a way to understand, imagine, and shape the present. In painting, film, drawing and sculpture they transform familiar landscapes, follow visual traces and delve into aspects of their respective biographies. The artists come from different corners of the European continent, plus one from the US.

A variety of attitudes is presented, yet the artists share receptiveness for the impermanent. Their works balance between a sense of wonder and melancholy. They have an interest in rooting themselves in the present through finding anchor points in tradition and their environment, and finding out what is valuable or inescapable for their work as artists in the early 21st century.

With Nikos Aslanidis, Maria Capelo, Béatrice Dreux, Eiko Gröschl, Nona Inescu, Ida Lindgren, Catherine Mulligan, Katrina Neiburga, Liesbeth Piena, Natascha Schmitten, Rubica von Streng.

Public Opening: 1 November 2019, 7 pm, KIT Düsseldorf

Curated by Jurriaan Benschop

Image: Rubica von Streng, Am I Elefant (detail), 2018, oil on canvas, 200 x 185 cm