Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (Art Association for the Rhineland and Westphalia)

Foto: Achim Kukulies

The Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (Art Association for the Rhineland and Westphalia) was founded jointly by citizens and artists in 1829. With approximately 4000 members, it remains the largest and oldest art association in Germany.

The focus of the Kunstverein has always been the latest contemporary art. During its 175 years, it has repeatedly been the setting for major exhibition such as large Dada show of 1958 and the early Gerhard Richter retrospective of 1971. In 2001, the Kunstverein was awarded the Jürgen-Ponto-Preis for its up-to-date, consistent, and radical program.

The Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen occupies the same building as the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the objective of this institute is to inform the public about the social relevance of contemporary art.

Director: Hans-Jürgen Hafner

Art in Düsseldorf: A special perspective

Karyatiden 'Vier Künste' von Leo Müsch, 1879–1881 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf/Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Foto: Natalie Czech, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

The Four Caryatids

Standing next to the building of the Kunsthalle and the Kunstverein are four oversized caryatids, female statues which possess a supporting function in architecture. Originally, these four figures adorned the pediment of the old Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, which was inaugurated in 1881 and almost completely destroyed during World War II. With the four caryatids, the sculptor Leo Müsch created the four Muses of the fine arts, each of which holds a symbol in her hands: a lyre, a painter’s palette, a chisel for Sculpture, and a temple pediment as a symbol for Architecture.

Address & contact

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 2107420
Fax: +49 211 21074229

Opening hours

Mon: closed
Tue-Sun: 11am – 6pm

The Kunstverein is closed on December 24th, 25th and 31st, on February 28th 2019 (Altweiber), March 4th 2019 (Rosenmontag) and outside the exhibition periods.

Admission charge

Adults: €6.00 (reduced: €3.00)
Groups (10 or more): EUR 3,00
Disabled: free
Young persons under age 18: free
Free entrance every second Sunday a month, family day.


Book sales

Entry on ground levelhandicapped parking spaceshandicapped restroom facilitiesService dog allowed

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