About Us

Aussenansicht 2016© Nrw Forum Foto Tatjana Ebermann

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is an international exhibition centre spotlighting photography, popular and digital culture.

© NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto: Andreas Kuschner / ALIMONIE

In group and solo exhibitions, festivals, symposia, workshops, fairs, film screenings and other innovative formats, we find high-energy, dialogue-based ways to address the issues currently shaping our society. The interdisciplinary programme is distinguished by artistic quality and cultural relevance on the highest level, while remaining intellectually accessible and engaging.

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is an agora of contemporary culture, a social setting, and a place for experimentation and dialogue – in the real world as well as the virtual realm.

We initiate targeted offerings for the whole family and for people from all walks of life. We rely here on collaborations and participation, bringing together creative talents, artists and all visitors. A special emphasis is placed on knowledge transfer, cultural education and active participation, particularly in the areas of media literacy and technological understanding. Our aim is to take a matter-of-fact and yet critical approach to the latest developments in cultural technology, especially with regard to the internet.


Are you looking for a special place to hold your next public or private event? Are you interested in an exclusive setting for a business function or in creative spaces for seminars or conferences? Make NRW-Forum Düsseldorf your venue.

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© NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto: Lars Wöhning //V2A.NET
Historische Ansicht des NRW-Forum Düsseldorf


The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is part of the heritage property Ehrenhof-complex from the 1920s, as well as Museum Kunstpalast and Tonhalle Düsseldorf.

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Alain Bieber / Foto: B. Babic

Artistic director

Alain Bieber has been the artistic director of NRW-Forum Düsseldorf since April 2015. Bieber has been curating solo and group exhibitions all over Europe since 2004 on topics such as street art, post-internet art, web and media art, political art, gaming and photography. He has also initiated numerous cultural projects, including the weblog “rebel:art” in 2004, the International Sticker Award in 2005, the video magazine “OH!” in 2007, and in 2009 the magazine club and virtual kiosk “GuteSeiten” and the exhibition project “Parasites - illegal exhibitions”.

Bieber studied rhetoric, literature, sociology, communication and political science from 1999 to 2005 at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and the Institut d’études politiques in Paris. Before being appointed artistic director of NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, he worked in the culture department of the European television network ARTE in Strasbourg, where he was head of the creative lab ARTE Creative. Prior to that, he was an editor at the magazine ART in Hamburg and a lecturer at several universities in Germany and France.

Harry Schmitz / Foto: B. Babic

Finance Director

Harry Schmitz has been the Finance Director of NRW-Forum Düsseldorf since February 2016 in addition to his full-time role as Finance Director of Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast that he has been holding since 2012. After studying business administration in Germany, France and the USA and after a first professional activity for Siemens he had been working for 17 years at the E.ON group, where he had been, among other functions, the director of a company for renewable energies.

Elke Menikheim / Foto: B. Babic

Commercial Manager

Elke Menikheim was appointed Commercial Mananger of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in June 2015. She studied business management and graduated with a thesis on “Art and taxes”. She was on the board of the VTG des DGB mbH and director of Die Werkstatt e.V. (nowadays tanzhaus nrw ). Following her maternity leave, a role as manager of the museum shop at the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, she was in charge of project management at the Quadriennale GmbH from 2009 to 2015.

Nicola Funk / Foto: B. Babic

Exhibition and Event Management

Fon.: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 84
Fax: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 82
E-Mail: nicola.funk(at)nrw-forum.de

Nicola Funk has been working for the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf since February 2015. Since August 2016, she has been responsible for the Exhibition and Event Management. Whilst doing Media and Cultural Studies for her BA and Cultural Analysis and Mediation for her MA, she worked for several exhibition centres in Düsseldorf and abroad.

Irit Bahle / Foto: B. Babic

Press & Communication

Fon: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 81
E-Mail: presse(at)nrw-forum.de

Irit Bahle has been supporting the publicity team at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf since September 2015. Following her BA in Media and Cultural Studies and her MA in Culture and Media Analysis she has been working as a trainee and publicity assistant in the cultural sector.

Katharina Tiemann / Foto: B. Babic


Currently Katharina Tiemann is supporting the team at the NRW-Forum.
Telephone: +49211-8926688
Email: praktikant(at)new-forum.de

Reception Desk
Sabine Brenner
Kornelia Linden
tel.: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 90

Building Systems
Waldemar Maciossek
Matthias Schmidtke
Jörg Thur (freelancer)

Museum Education
Bernadette Färber
tel.: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 78
email: vermittlung(at)nrw-forum.de

Gabi Luigs
Rita Schulze Vohren
Bettina Zippel
Teresa Schmidt-Meinecke

Sponsoring & Collaborations
coomedia – Agentur für Marketing-Kooperationen, Hamburg
Henning Schnittcher
fon: +49 (0)40 – 642 25 76 10
email: hs(at)coomedia.de

Visual Identity & Design
KesselsKramer, Amsterdam
Erik Kessels
fon: +31 (0)20 – 5301060

Programming & Technical Support
V2A.NET, Essen
Lars Wöhning
tel.: +49 (0)201 – 890 63 63 4

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Member of medienwerk.nrw

Mobile Photography Partner


NRW-Forum Düsseldorf · Ehrenhof 2 · D - 40479 Düsseldorf
Tel.: +49 (0)211 – 89 266 90 · info@nrw-forum.de