Kunst im Tunnel

Directly below the Düsseldorf Rhine promenade – in a room that lies between the tunnel tubes for car traffic – a spectacular meeting place for contemporary art was opened in 2007 with KIT – Art in the Tunnel. KIT is located at the level of the Ministry of Family Affairs and the old State Chancellery on Horionplatz. Already after the completion of the Rhine promenade in 1995, the room had been used on a trial basis for events. However, permanent use, as stimulated above all from the art scene, was out of the question under the security conditions at the time.

In 2006, in the year of the first Düsseldorf Quadriennale, the architectural office Fritschi/Stahl/Baum, which had already provided the planning for the design of the Rhine promenade, was finally commissioned with a concept for the realization of an exhibition space.
The visible entrance of KIT – a glazed pavilion building on the promenade towards the Rhine – houses the KIT Café and is one of the most beautiful gastronomic addresses on the Rhine. In the sunshine, the terrace with a view of the Rhine knee is a place to relax and enjoy.

Through the café, visitors can reach the underground exhibition area via a large staircase or by elevator. This swings elliptically over a length of 140 meters parallel to the Rhine. Ceiling height and width of the room vary. Between the purist concrete walls, the works of young artists are exhibited, which the artistic director of KIT, Gertrud Peters, invites to exhibit here.

About four temporary exhibitions per year are shown. The focus of the program is on the presentation of young, contemporary art from the fields of sculpture, painting, photography, video and installation art. In addition, KIT sees it as its task to stimulate and promote the exchange between international young artists. Group exhibitions are usually presented, in rare cases also solo exhibitions. The mission of KIT – Art in the Tunnel is to promote the attitude of young artists acquired in the art academies and to provide support, acceptance and recognition through exhibitions and publications and to enable initial experience with institutional exhibition.

Another major concern of KIT is the direct mediation of the exhibition content in the form of workshops and guided tours. This is often done in direct cooperation with the young exhibiting artists.

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  • Saturday11:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday11:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday11:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday11:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday11:00 - 18:00
  • Friday11:00 - 18:00
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