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Wolfgang Tillmans “paper drop (Roma)”, 2007, Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Köln

Made in Düsseldorf #2

Natascha Schmitten/Wolfgang Tillmans

November 22 2019 – January 5 2020

"Made in Düsseldorf" is an exhibition series in cooperation with the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, which is dedicated to contemporary artists who are connected to the city of Düsseldorf through their studies, their place of residence or artistic content. The exhibition series is realized as part of the house partnership between the NRW-Forum and the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, which presents works from its collection at the NRW-Forum once a year. The second edition confronts the installation "Düsseldorf Raum 2001 - 2007" by Wolfgang Tillmans with works by the artist Natascha Schmitten.

Wolfgang Tillmans “Renovierung”, 2003, Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Köln

The 12-part installation "Düsseldorf Raum 2001 - 2007" by Wolfgang Tillmans was originally developed for the Kunstpalast.

The installation made in the year 2008 consists of various photographs taken between 2001 and 2007, a total of 12 works that Tillmans photographed in his direct living and working environment. The large-format photograph "Renovation", for example, shows a window partially covered with newspaper. Tillmans refers here to several contents. The newspapers depict current events and political reality; a glance through the window reveals a view of green nature. Interior and exterior space is connected.

The group of works "paper-drops" shows photographs of rolled paper in side view and testifies to his fascination for the themes of paper and abstraction. Tillmans understands his photographs as objects. He translates the three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional image object. The dissolution of the object pervades the entire installation and can be found in all his works.

Wolfgang Tillmans was born in Remscheid in 1968 and is regarded as one of the internationally most important photographic artists, who further develops the medium of photography and redefines it as an art form. He lives and works in Berlin and London. He was the first photographer to receive the renowned Turner Prize in 2000.

Three-dimensional perception and its transformation into the two-dimensional is also content of Natascha Schmitten’s work.

Her works move between figuration and abstraction. They are characterized by semi-transparent layers of color applied to nylon. She develops her works in the field of tension between real space and pictorial space. Like Wolfgang Tillmans, Schmitten captures what surrounds her. She takes what is visible and what has happened as her starting point in order to translate it into reality on the medium. "My pictures are often an excerpt from a much larger context, a moment," said the artist in an interview in 2019. The dynamics of the pictures arise in the field of tension between the non-recognizability of a motif and the fact that the pictures obviously come from the world of the visible.

Natascha Schmitten was born in Bonn in 1986. She lives and works in Cologne. She attended the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 2006 to 2014 and was Prof. Anzinger's master student in 2012. She was Artist in Residence in Los Angeles in 2018 and received the Douglas Swan Award in Bonn in 2017.

Natascha Schmitten: Ekto, 2019, Courtesy die Künstlerin und Galerie Christian Lethert

The installation "Düsseldorf Raum 2001 - 2007" by Wolfgang Tillmans is part of the collection of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, which has been supporting the NRW-Forum in its exhibition and communication projects since 2017 as a new house partner.

For the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, the promotion of art and the support of cultural institutions in Düsseldorf represent an important part of its social commitment. "We are delighted to be able to present works of art from our collection and make them accessible to the public through this cooperation," says Karin-Brigitte Göbel, Chairman of the Board of Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf.

In the 1970s, the art collection of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf was initiated by Fritz Kulins, then Chairman of the Board of Management. The first works found their way into the collection in the course of art exhibitions in the company. In particular, works by Düsseldorf artists, students of the art academy at the time, but also important representatives of the Düsseldorf art scene were included. In 2008 the "Sammlung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf im Kunstpalast" was created in cooperation with the Kunstpalast. The represented artists have a connection to Düsseldorf or the Rhineland through residence, studies, personal or professional connections.

Natascha Schmitten, an artist from this context who is not represented in the collection of the Stadtsparkasse, will be shown in the second edition of "Made in Düsseldorf".

The first edition of "Made in Düsseldorf" presented the series "Portraits from the Düsseldorf Art Scene" by Bernd Jansen and a series of portraits by Thomas Ruff from 21 September to 18 November 2018.

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