AR Biennale


digital sculpture park Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne

August 22 2021 – April 24 2022

+ + + AR-Biennale will be extended + + + the digital sculpture park can now be visited until April 24th + + +


Studio Above&Below
Jeremy Bailey
Banz & Bowinkel
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (Cologne, front yard of Museum Ludwig)
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos (Cologne, Ebertplatz)
Tim Berresheim
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf
Lucie Freynhagen
Shawné Michaelain Holloway
Lauren Lee McCarthy
David Lobser (Essen, Burgplatz)
Andy Picci
Sarah Rothberg
Manuel Rossner
MengXuan Sun (Essen, Hans-Toussaint-Platz)
Theo Triantafyllidis
Lola Zoido

Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most exciting presentation formats for contemporary art today. With the world’s first AR Biennale the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is offering a prominent platform to this young art form. Digital sculptures by 19 international artitst will be shown throughout Ehrenhof and Hofgarten.

Additional works are created as satellite projects in Cologne and Essen within the framework of urbanana, a project of Tourismus NRW and its partners.

Using your own smartphone or tablet, you will explore the outdoor exhibition space and interact with the works in real time. You will make fairies dance, witness an art theft, communicate with digital characters, play virtual chess and much more...

How it works

Download free app AR Biennale at the appstore.

Markers are set up in the park. Scan them using the app's scan function and the AR works appear on your display.

The app also offers site plans and descriptions of the works and artists.

Thanks to our partners Canon/Cognitas for their support.

Privacy Statement App

Terms and Conditions In-App Purchase


The app includes 13 free works, to be immediately scanned and explored. Via an in-app-purchase the remaining 22 works can be activated for 4,99 Euro.

Free APP AR Biennale for the opening
We are very pleased to make the APP AR Biennial with all works available free of charge to all visitors next Saturday and Sunday (21/22/8/2021).

Opening hours

In general, all artworks in Düsseldorf, cologne and Essen are accessible at any time. Please regard, the app is functional only during daylight.

Operating systems

Make sure your smartphone supports the app, as do Android from Version 8.X and
iOS from version 12.X.

AR Biennale Foto Katja Illner © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

You've got questions regarding your phone, the app or AR in general? Find help in the GigaZone. Trainers from the Codingschule Düsseldorf are there Saturdays 1pm til 4pm to help you.

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From September 5 on, the GigaZone will be on Inselstraße between NRW-Forum and Kunstpalast. In the AR Biennale pavilion you can enjoy free WiFi, charge your phones, discover a new sculpture by Tim Berresheim and visit eventsas well as workshops. Thanks for the support to our partner Vodafone

There are also works outside of Düsseldorf!

In Cologne:
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (Heinrich-Böll-Platz)
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos (Ebertplatz)

In Essen:
David Lobser (Burgplatz)
MengXuan Sun (Hans-Toussaint-Platz)

Possible thanks to our partners Urbanana and Tourismus NRW.

cooperations partners

destination partners

media partner

Partners Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Otto Beisheim Stiftung Hoffmann Liebs Max Brown Midtown CCS