Animated, pink and white shimmering unicorn with colorful eyes and a colorful shining horn in front of a building Jonathan Monaghan Disco Beast 2016

#cute. Islands of Bliss?


With more than five hundred million posts on Instagram alone, #cute
is one of the most popular hashtags ever. Cute can mean dainty, sweet,
or twee, and we come across it in all aspects of life. Animal babies,
unicorns, rabbit ears—cuteness is closely related to consumer culture
and has not only taken social media by storm, but also product design,
advertising, robotics, and art.

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Made in Düsseldorf #3:
Alex Grein / Johanna Reich


Made in Düsseldorf is an exhibition series by the NRW-Forum in cooperation with the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf. It is dedicated to contemporary artists who are connected with Düsseldorf and the Rhineland through their studies, place of residence, or the content of their artistic work.

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Black dressed woman stands in a desert and holds a golden cloth in the strong wind under overcast sky Johanna Reich Virgins Land 2019 4 K Video Loop Courtesy Galerie Priska Pasquer Copyright Johanna Reich VG Bildkunst Bonn 2020
Helen Anna Flanagan Gestures of Matter 2020 Videostill I Copyright Helen Anna Flanagan



The Inter Media Art Institute presents fast food fantasies, in which contradictory values of capitalist society clash – rationality and functionality, overindulgence and convenience. Ever since the 1980s video makers have been exploring these tensions by appropriating the iconography of multinational corporations, questioning the logic of the franchise system, criticizing the labor conditions of the foodservice industry, denouncing the mass production of food, and confessing the sin of gluttony. Their journey takes them from a kebab-shop in Rotterdam to a London burger restaurant, and further to a drive-through in Los Angeles.

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Philharmonic hall in Hamburg situated in a river landscape with reflections of the city of Hamburg on the fassade Candida Hoefer Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Herzog De Meuron Hamburg I 2016

The art of helping
25 years fiftyfifty
Charity Exhibition


On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the street magazine fiftyfifty is showing a charity sales exhibition at the NRW-Forum with works by Boris Becker, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Klaus Klinger, Lior Körner, Masakazu Kondo, Katharina Mayer, Jonathan Meese, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth, among others.

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Welcome to Paradise


The world is changing: the boundaries between synthetic and organic life, between civilisation and nature, people and technology are dissolving. On the one hand, we are experiencing catastrophic climate change, the worldwide spread of diseases, loss of biodiversity, growing populism, and new right-wing terrorism. On the other hand, a new narrative is emerging: technology is becoming the promise of a virtual paradise. Humankind is creating new digital spaces for dreams and utopias. But this dream landscape can also become a nightmare, and new questions about what it means to be human in this world have to be negotiated.

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Barbara Herorld und Florian Huth VOID Woodlands 2016 Einkanal Video HD Courtesy of the Artists Copyright Barbara Herold und Florian Huth



What should the museum of the future look like? Supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation’s Digital Fund, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and the Museum Ulm are launching a movement for more democracy in the art world: nextmuseum.io is a digital platform where curators, artists, institutions, visitors and all those interested can now play an active role in conceiving exhibitions and developing experimental approaches.

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Nextmuseum io Copyright NRW Forum Düsseldorf Gestaltung Rainbow Unicorn