NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is an international exhibition centre spotlighting photography, popular and digital culture.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Since June 2017 Anne Wendorff has given assistance to the Commercial Manager of the NRW-Forum. During her previous years in which she has been working in the commercial field, she has been the head of a writing office as well as a management assistant in a consultancy firm.
Exhibition and Event Management
Fon.: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 84
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.
Press & Communication
Fon: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 81
Irit Bahle is responsible for the publicity 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.
Tel.: +49 (0)211-8926678
Bernadette Färber has been working in the field of cultural education since October 2015 at the NRW-Forum. She has studied art, art history and philosophy. She has previously worked in a gallery as well as a freelance illustrator, a stage designer and a writer. She is involved in different educational areas including working with refugees, and she is a visiting teacher of architectural history at the THD Deggendorf.
tel.: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 90
tel.: +49 (0)211 – 892 66 78
Visual Identity & Design
fon: +31 (0)20 – 5301060
Programming & Technical Support
tel.: +49 (0)201 – 890 63 63 4
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