Art and life, tradition and innovation merge in the Gesamtkunstwerk K+ Café im KWM, designed by the Austrian designer Robert Stadler (b. 1966 in Vienna, lives in Paris). As a café, site-specific design installation, and multifunctional space, it invites visitors to come together for coffee breaks, talks, screenings, and much more. Stadler has taken a new, surreal look at the history and identity of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, as well as of Krefeld’s textile tradition. In close cooperation with craftsmen and industry, a coffee house interior was created that flexibly adapts to situations and drives new conversations and experiments in Krefeld. The project transports the founding principle of the museum as a public platform which encourages close connections between art, craft, and industry into the twenty-first century.
The K+ at KWM opens on April 2 and 3, on April 2 at 12 noon the weekend starts with the ceremonial opening by the Lord Mayor Frank Meyer.
The entire program of the opening weekend and more information about the new location at KWM can now be found here.
Robert Stadler (b. 1966 in Vienna, lives and works in Paris) studied design at the IED in Milan and the ENSCI in Paris. In 1992, he co-founded the Radi Designers group, which was active until 2008. The group realized limited editions as well as industrial design for Air France and Moulinex. With his studio, Stadler has worked since 2001 for clients such as Hermès, Thonet, and Vitra. He designed cafés for the Costes brothers in Paris and exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the MUDAM in Luxembourg. Important solo exhibitions took place in 2017 at the Noguchi Museum in New York and at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau in Dresden.
Since 2018 the Kunstmuseen Krefeld’s Collection Satellite series invites artists from various disciplines to engage in an innovative dialogue with the museum’s collections, its history, and the architecture of its three buildings: the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Haus Lange, and Haus Esters.