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DC Open

Düsseldorf Cologne Open Galleries

Contemporary art in more than 50 galleries in Düsseldorf and Cologne

“Is it art or can I throw it away?” Museum employees in the city of Leverkusen once took a famous artwork by Joseph Beuys — a baby bathtub full of gauze bandages, copper wire and grease — and scrubbed it clean so that they could wash glasses in it after an event. In another misunderstanding that was widely circulated, the artist’s famous “Fat Corner” also landed in the rubbish bin. And in 2011 a poor cleaner at the Ostwall Museum in Dortmund scoured out a bathtub exhibited as “When It Starts Dripping from the Ceiling” — thus stripping it of its value as a work of art.

Nor have the works of Banksy been spared from construction workers’ paintbrushes or the efforts of zealous cleaners. Art has always received differing receptions. How art is defined, whether or not it’s pleasing, and whether it has lasting appeal has also always depended on you, the viewer. At the annual DC Open art show, art galleries and museums in Düsseldorf and Cologne exhibit a cornucopia of contemporary art of every kind. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a collector or an art expert, we invite you to set out on a journey of discovery across city limits!



DC  Open 2024

From 30 August to 1 September in Cologne and Düsseldorf

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The Rhineland as a centre of the contemporary art scene

Participating in the exhibitions are more than 50 galleries and major institutions of the world of art: the Kunstpalast Museum, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Art Collection of North Rhine-Westphalia) and the K21-Ständehaus in Düsseldorf and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Events like these make Cologne and Düsseldorf international hubs of the visual arts that reassert their cultural significance year after year.

Guided tours through the galleries

On the weekend of the DC Open event you can participate in selected guided tours — mostly free of charge — of galleries and other art venues. Get ready to be inspired and surprised — the DC Open is an extraordinary weekend for art enthusiasts as well as an international meeting point for professional artists.

Just one click to the city vacation

Accommodation options for every taste

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The official tourist ticket

Would you like to discover Cologne inexpensively and easily? Then we recommend the KölnCard. The tourist ticket offers you free travel on all public transport and great discounts on art, culture and gastronomy.

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