Kunstsammlung NRW

#Kunstpilgern: North Rhine-Westphalia Invites You to Make New Cultural Discoveries!

On the occasion of the exhibition "THE PROBLEM OF GOD," the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturkenner.de (the cultural portal of our Federal State), and Tourismus NRW e.V. have joined forces in order to inaugurate four travel routes on the themes of light art, paradise, sacral architecture, and religious life. The project #Kunstpilgern (Art Pilgrims) is an invitation to explore the relationship between religiosity and contemporary art throughout the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. We are presently attempting to recruit eight participants to help us launch these itineraries, exploring the individual tours and reporting about their experiences on social media.

For #32, Deniz Elbir took a closer look at the routes of our Art Pilgrimage

For the opening of our exhibition THE PROBLEM OF GOD , we sought eight pioneering "Art Pilgrims", each of whom will travel the route of her choice, accompanied by a second person, exploring the tracks of religion in contemporary art and reporting about their unusual journeys through the Federal State of NRW on social media channels. From September 22 to 25, 2015, the Art Pilgrims will travel through the regions of North Rhine-Westphalia and report about the four routes under the hash tag #Kunstpilgern (Art Pilgrims).

The participants are Ulle Bowski (Recklinghausen), Ursel Braun (Bielefeld), Simon Erath (Krefeld), Nicole Hundertmark (Cologne), Dzevaire Jusufi (Düsseldorf), Wibke Ladwig (Cologne), Maria Männing (Karlsruhe), and Anja Rillcke (Berlin). You can share their impressions live at http://story.kulturkenner.de/artpilgrimage  and through the social networks. Finally, their adventures and experiences will be stored on a long-term installation with presentations of all routes. All Art Pilgrims will assemble for the first time in Düsseldorf on September 25, 2015, when the terminus of their pilgrimage routes will be the official opening of the exhibition THE PROBLEM OF GOD at the K21.


Wiebke Ladwig, blogger, Twitterista and Herbergsmütter, likes to report in her blog about bizarre items from the advertising sections of local daily newspapers, and is also active on many social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr . When she is not giving seminars and workshops on social media, she searches on Wortweide for “word godparents” for extraordinary and everyday German words.





Ursel Braun is interested in art, nature, and architecture, and enjoys traveling. This pre-election not only takes her to Hong Kong, New York, and southwest France, but also to her own center. She is one of four bloggers at ichkannnichtmehrlebenohne.de, a fashion and lifestyle blog run by four women from four different decades. There, she writes about travel, culture, fashion, explaining to readers, for example, how to correctly wear a kimono. Of course, IKNMLO can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.




#Licht (Light)

On her blog Art in Crisis  on the scholarship platform Hypotheses, Maria Männing – who holds a doctoral degree in art history – deals with current debates on society, scholarship, and culture from the perspective of art history and cultural studies, as well as with her travels to exhibitions in many different locations. On the microblogging platform Twitter, she is represented twice, as ARTinCRISIS and as mizzy_schnyder,  and needless to add, her output is also present on Facebook.


Dzevaire Jusufi strives to experience life (which others might want to manifest in art) through her own eyes, and to share her vision with others. Not only on Instagram, but also on her blog. There, in German, English, and Albanian, she offers insights into her mental universe, for example composing a love poem in verse to Bulgarian Alpine cheese. Alongside lyrical compositions, Dzevaire Jusufi is also preoccupied with her existence, her home in the Rhineland, and her homeland Kosovo: she writes for the online magazine Kosovo 2.0 on society, politics, and culture.


(The here and now)

Ulle Bowski is familiar with pilgrimage routes: on YouTube, he offers (with a wink) tips for successfully scaling the Way of St. James, and presents many other idiosyncratic items on the video platform. He is one of the winners of the Grimme Video Competition in the framework of Ruhr.2010 for his “Pottspot.” His 1 Euro Roman, or better EineuRoman(n), which appeared in 2010, was recited by more than 180 different readers.




Anja Rillcke
is a travel blogger, and reports on Lilies Diary about Berlin, her stay in Brussels, trips to Mallorca, on cycling tours, and about the correct way to have an argument. At the same time, she is in charge of public relations work and social media for WeddingWandler. You can find her on Twitter, as well as on Facebook.


#Feste Burg

Nicole Hundertmark is a passionate photographer, and produces short videos with the Vine app. She is the initiator of the Vine Walks, through which small Vines are produced by a creative group. In Cologne, Nicole Hundertmark belongs to the online scene, and is a member and satellite of the Cologne orga team of Digital Media Women e.V. – a registered society for women in digital professions, Web, and IT.





The final participants in our project are the friends Simon Erath and Markus Kossack. Already during his training, the photographer and photo designer Simon Erath received numerous awards and scholarships. His visually striking production, which includes portraits and visual reportage, has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Krefeld. He also shares his impressions via his website, and on Instagram and Facebook. Markus Kossack is a coeditor of the Krefeld city magazine Streuner, which strives to rediscover urban space, a publication also present on Facebook. He is also active as a designer with Büro ZWEIPLUS .