For two Sundays in September, almost 500 artists across Düsseldorf open their doors as part of the Kulturamt’s famous Kunstpunkte program. Now in its 30th year, Kunstpunkte shines a spotlight on the incredible diversity of artists to be found in Düsseldorf. With our art enthusiasts loaded on a vintage bus, and our amazing tour guide and renowned artist Gesine Kikol at the microphone, we set off on an exploration of some of the best that the northern suburbs of Düsseldorf has to offer.
First up was a visit to Theater de Klange, an amazing cross disciplinary company that incorporates electronic music, masks, dance and theatre, also drawing heavily on costumes, scenery, lighting and media as feature elements of their works. We were incredibly fortunate to be able to sit in on rehearsals for their latest work, Bauhaus Ballet. This fascinating piece brings alive the exuberance of the 1920s and incorporates the elements of the clown and carnival.
From there it was on to the Mullheimer Str. studios of well-known Düsseldorf photographer, Markus Luigs, whose studio was both the place to catch a glimpse of his new, hot-off-the-presses book Düsseldorfer Perlen, and to see some of his other photographs, including those taken in the iconic Kraftwerk Kling Klang studio. Also at Mullheimer Str. we were lucky enough to see the powerful line drawings and sculptures of Iranian artist Mehrdad Rashidi. A fixture of art collections the world over, Mehrdad’s work is incredibly personal and drawn with great passion.
The third stop on the tour was fascinating both for its artists and its location. Situated on the top floor of a former WWII bunker, BetonBox is home to an eclectic group of artists ranging from painter,builder and sculptor Bernhard Kucken, Hyacinta Hovestadt and her incredible cardboard sculptures,to painter, Jiny Lan who was hosting a five year old painting prodigy from China.
At Golzheimer we were welcomed into the beautiful studio and home of sculptor, Beatrix Sassen. A prodigy in her own right, Beatrix was one of the first students of one of Düsseldorf’s most famous artist sons, Joseph Beuys, and is well known for her non-conformist approach to her art.
Our final stop after three hours of wonderful art was at the multi-storied Atelierhaus at Sitarderstr. Owned by the Verein der Düsseldorfer Künstler – an organisation started in 1844 to support artistsand their families – Sitarderstr. featured the work of both local and international artists including Birgit Hübner who creates pictures out of electrical tape and photographer, Avraham Eilat from Israel.
We are incredibly grateful to the Kulturamt for once again organising this enlightening and inspiring event and for giving us the chance to meet some of Düsseldorf’s most talented artists.
“Thank you so much! I really enjoyed the tour and all the interesting people we met. See you soon and thanks again for organizing amazing events.”