The Quadriennale 2010 documents the power and impact of Düsseldorf's artists from the past 50 years up to today

"The Pulse of Art Beats Here" is the message of the Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2010 which provides the framework for the exhibitions of 10 museums and art institutions, other partners and over 30 galleries joined together under the motto "kunstgegenwärtig " (presence of art) opening September 11. The city of Düsseldorf has generously supported the Quadriennale with 4.6 million Euro. Düsseldorf has its own, special history concerning art: up to today important impulses for the international art scene have originated here.

The exhibitions and the symposium of the Quadriennale attempt to trace and reflect this legacy in the creation of contemporary art. Marion Ackermann, Director of the Kunstsammlung NRW summarizes from her perspective: "As an art historian, it is my main concern to ensure that the explosive nature of history can be felt in an exhibition, but - at the same time - I formulate questions from a contemporary perspective - linking art and the present." A statement which could used as the guiding principle for the exhibitions of the Quadrienniale 2010. The museum kunst palast does not display the great teacher Nam June Paik - the "godfather of video art" - by himself but in conjunction with the young winners of the Nam June Paik Award. The very title of the exhibition "Marcel Broodthaers and Today" - a cooperation between the Kunstverein and the Kunsthalle - already expresses the powerful influence of this major Belgian artist on contemporary art positions. The more than 30 galleries participating in the Quadriennale are showing artists whose work has not yet been exhibited in Germany.

The Quadriennale in Düsseldorf is an arts festival between the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, in the heart of the region with the highest density of culture in Europe. A great variety of world class exhibitions and cultural events are waiting for you in the autumn of 2010.


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