14. March 2023
On March 11, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen opened a sweeping exhibition of the American artist Jenny Holzer in Germany at Museum K21. Jenny Holzer is one of the most important contemporary artists. Holzer became known worldwide with her LED installations, posters, paintings and stone works, which address themes such as war, violence, abuse of power and absurdity. As part of her first exhibition in Germany in ten years, Ströer is supporting the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen with digital city information installations in Düsseldorf.
In the past, she has presented her controversial ideas, arguments and concerns in many public places and international exhibitions. Her medium, whether T-shirts, posters or LED displays, is the written word. The public dimension is an integral part of her work. The exhibition at Düsseldorf's K21 is also carried into public space with the help of Ströer's digital media network. For the outdoor space, Holzer has conceived new animations with texts from her Truisms and Survival series as well as texts by other authors. With the support of Ströer, the new artistic interventions are being carried into public space - they can be seen on the city information systems at traffic hubs in Düsseldorf, on the infoscreens in the subway stations, and on the digital screens in the arrival hall of Düsseldorf Airport.
"Jenny Holzer has been working in public space from her earliest beginnings as an artist and created her first work for public space as early as 1979 – the so-called Truisms. These are neutrally formulated, concise sentences that deal with topics that everyone knows: interpersonal relationships, social issues, but also violence, tolerance and intolerance and much more. Since these sentences really appeal to everyone and everyone can relate to them, these Truisms are particularly well suited for public spaces. We are very pleased to be able to show Jenny Holzer's Truisms on Ströer's digital media network in Düsseldorf," explains Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf.
The exhibition of Jenny Holzer is open from March 11 to August 6, 2023. With the works of Jenny Holzer in public space, it offers a forum for current discourse on the challenges of the present, not only for museum visitors, but for all Düsseldorfers.
Image source/Copyright: Andreas Endermann