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Exhibitions 2016

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30 April – 8 October, Jüdisches Museum Hohenems, Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, Schweizer Str. 5, Hohenems: Die weibliche Seite Gottes – Perspektiven auf Geschlecht und Heiligkeit. Aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven versucht die Ausstellung sich den divergierenden Betrachtungen einer weiblichen Vorstellung Gottes, gerade auch in den monotheistischen Religionen des Judentums, Christentums und Islams anzunähern: in der Auseinandersetzung mit den Quellen der monotheistischen Gottesidee und ihrer materiellen Überlieferung, in Vorstellungen vom Weiblichen als negative Antithese zum Männlichen, aus der Perspektive künstlerischer Hinterfragungen überkommener Gottesvorstellungen und im Blick auf ausgewählte Objekte aus der Hinterlassenschaft jüdischer Frauen, die nach eigenen Dimensionen des Göttlichen gesucht haben. Di – so, 10 – 17 U.



5 June 2009 – 31 December 2017, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp: Reunion, from Quinten Metsijs to Peter Paul Rubens. Masterworks from the Royal Museum back in the cathedral. 

18 June 2011 – 31 December 2017, Stedelijk Museum in Lier: exhibition Bruegelland about Pieter Bruegel de Oude.

12 October – 28 May, 2017, Caermersklooster, Vrouwebroersstraat 6, Ghent: Restoration – Revelation. The exterior wings of the Ghent Altarpiece. In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck proved to have been hidden underneath overpaint for centuries! The temporary exhibition restoration/revelation brings the tale of this spectacular intervention. An exploration journey through the old varnishes and overpaint… leading to the original work of Van Eyck. Unique images from before, during and after restoration address all your questions: how did the restorers proceed? What scientific techniques did they use to confirm their observations or discover new elements? And – most of all – in what way did the overpaint transform the art work and what does it look like now? Opening hours:

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15 September – 26 February 2017, Odsherreds Kunstmuseum, Rødhøj 11, Asnæs: Sigurd Swane – Painting. The painter Sigurd Swane (1879-1973) belongs to the strongest colourists of Danish Art History. He took an active part in the avant-garde movement in Copenhagen at the beginning of the 20th Century, where he was inspired by Henri Matisse and put French inspired painting on the agenda in Danish Art. The exhibition will show the span of Swane’s works – from portraits and landscapes to still life and religious motifs. It applies to his masterly use of colours and brushstroke as well as his ambition to combine the artistic work with other aspects of life. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated publication. Tu – su, 11 – 16 h.



5 November – 25 February 2017, Durham Cathedral: Textiles: Painting with the Needle. Featuring some of the exquisite textiles within the Cathedral’s collections, this display will include medieval silks, the early 17th century embroidered ‘Arabella Stuart’ Bible, and a collection of vestments and church needlework. Contemporary textiles will be explored through the work of our Cathedral demonstrations, workshops and special events.

8 November – 5 March 2017, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London: Am I Rembrandt?, the final display in the Making Discoveries series will bring the Dutch Master’s flamboyant Self-Portrait, Wearing a Feathered Bonnet, 1635, (on loan from Buckland Abbey, National Trust) to London for the first time. The display will also delve deeper into the  gallery's own works by the painter, including Girl at a Window, 1645, (below) shown for the first time with its surviving preparatory study. Opening times:

15 February – 21 May, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene. On loan from the Norton Simon Museum, the painting is on display in the UK for the first time in over thirty years. Guido Cagnacci was one of the most unconventional Italian painters of the Baroque period and was celebrated in his own lifetime for his extremely sensual paintings of female saints and heroines. 'The Repentant Magdalene' is widely regarded as Cagnacci’s masterpiece. Full of drama and sensuality, it depicts Mary Magdalene rejecting her life of sin and excess in favour of following Christ. 10 – 18 h, fr. until 21 h.

27 February – 19 April, Peterborough Cathedral: Via Crucis - A Lenten Exhibition. 9 – 17 h.

28 February – 15 April, Bath Abbey: Via Crucis:  An interpretation of the Stations of the Cross by multi-media artist Caroline Waterlow.

1 March – 15 April (prints) St Bartholomew Church, Wick, South Goucestershire: Via Crucis:  The 14 mixed media pictures follow the Scriptural gospel narrative. The imagery used draws on the medieval Arma Christi manuscripts, which depict the tools and objects associated with Christ's Passion. The intention is to contemplate the relevance of the Jesus' journey with our own intentions, sufferings and aspirations.  

1 March – 20 April, St Michael’s Church, Discoed, near Presteigne: A Lent exhibition of drawings by forty artists, each of whom was given a Lent theme and asked to interpret it through the lens of another artist's work. 10 – 17 h.

2 March – 16 April, Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close, Norwich: 'Threads Through Revelation' Exhibition. Jacqui Parkinson has spent the last three year exploring the book of Revelation: this has become a spectacular exhibition consisting of 14 huge panels. 09.30 – 16.30 h (Su until 15 h). Threads through Revelation will be touring major cathedrals all over the UK.

6 March – 31 March, St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London: Crucifixions: Francis Bacon. For Lent 2017 St Stephen Walbrook is exhibiting Crucifixion drawings by Francis Bacon from “The Francis Bacon Collection of the drawings donated to Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino”. Between 1977 and 1992 Francis Bacon donated to an intimate Italian friend a considerable number of drawings, pastels and collages. Today those drawings are part of a collection which has previously been exhibited in Bologna, Dubrovnik, London, Madrid and Trieste among other locations. The image of crucifixion was consistently utilised by Francis Bacon in his art to think about all life’s horror as he could not find a subject as valid to embrace all the nuances of human feelings and behaviours. This exhibition of crucifixion drawings by Bacon provides an opportunity to explore why the image of the crucified Christ retained its power for an avowed atheist such as Bacon and to reflect on the horror of the suffering that Christ endured for humanity. Mo – fr, 10 – 16 h, (we, 11 – 15 h). 

2 April – 16 April, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield: Tim Harrold has Perceptualism, Assemblages, readymades and installations. The show includes an installation of his 70 Endeavour poems - each set to music by musician friends - and film by his filmmaker son Jonathan.



23 April 2016 – 28 October 2017, Centre international du Vitrail à Chartres, 5, rue du Cardinal Pie, Chartres: Exposition International Panorama of Contemporary Glass Art. Opening hours:

26 November – 21 May 2017, Musée de Tessé, 2 Ave. de Paderborn, Le Mans, From Florence to Sevilla, Italian and Spanish paintings. Tu – fr 9 – 12 h and 14 – 18 h. Sa and su 10 – 12.30 and 14 – 18 h.

4 February – 7 May, Fondation Custodia / Collectie Frits Lugt, 121 rue de Lille, Paris: Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt. Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt provides an intimate insight into the working practices of forty of the greatest Dutch painters, including Rembrandt, Pieter Saenredam, Adriaen and Isack van Ostade, Aelbert Cuyp, Willem van de Velde and Jacob van Ruisdael. After having lived separate lives for four centuries, twenty-one paintings are now reunited with the drawings in which they were prepared. Years of research have been necessary to pair these drawings with an identifiable painting. Following its success at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the exhibition at the Fondation Custodia offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the creative process of seventeenth-century Dutch painters. The immediacy and true-to-life character of Dutch landscapes, still lifes and scenes of daily life seem to suggest that artists painted such scenes from life. However, like portraits and history paintings, they were invariably painted in the studio with the help of preliminary drawings. Tu- su, 12 – 18 h.

14 March - 25 June, Musée d'Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris: Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky. Connecting with an order beyond physical appearances, going deeper than material realities to come closer to the mysteries of existence, experimenting with losing oneself in perfect unity with the cosmos: these quests are all characteristic of mysticism, the spiritual phenomenon that exists alongside all religions, in all continents. Why not, then, acknowledge its presence in Western Symbolist painting, which, at the close of the 19th century, precisely sought to elevate art to the medium of the ineffable and the artist to the rank of initiate? 09.30 – 18 h.



15 September – 14 August 2017, Diözesanmuseum Kolumba, Cologne: »me in a no-time state« - Über das Individuum. Ausgestellte Werke des 5. bis 21. Jahrhunderts: Andachtsbildchen, Ars moriendi, Ex Votos, Fotografien, Geduldflaschen, Gemälde, Goldschmiedkunst, Installationen, Kinderzeichnungen, Koptische Textilien, Mappenwerke, Möbel, Roboter, Rosenkränze, Schmuck, Skulpturen, Videos, Volkskunst, Wachsbossierungen, Zeichnungen. Mi – Mo, 12 – 17 U.

23 September – 26 February 2017, St. Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäuskirchplatz, Berlin-Tiergarten: Heroen von Utopia. Malerei von Kristina Girke. In den Bildern von Kristina Girke verbergen sich mythische Gestalten, Engel und fantastische Figuren unter vielen Farbschichten. Ihre Malerei erscheint wie eine andauernde spielerische Suchbewegung, die in immer neuen Anläufen Verdecktes freilegt und erneuert, Freigelegtes übermalt und dem Vergessen anheimstellt. Mythische Figuren, Heilige und Sagengestalten verschwinden hinter Farben und Mustern oder treten wie aus anderen Zeiten kommend lebendig hervor. Die Heroen verlieren ihre uns bisher bekannte Form, bleiben aber dennoch mindestens schemenhaft existent. Das weit verbreitete Bedürfnis nach Utopien, nach Helden, Abenteuern und wundersamen Geschichten, die trösten, begleiten und beflügeln gerät in Spannung zu überlieferten Formen religiöser Orientierung. Kristina Girke geboren 1968 in Halle (Saale), studierte zunächst Medizin in Halle und Berlin. Danach absolvierte sie ein Malereistudium in Berlin und schloss es als Meisterschülerin von Katharina Grosse ab. Nach vielen Auslandsaufenthalten lebt und arbeitet Kristina Girke in Berlin. Sie lehrt und hält Gastvorlesungen am Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax in Canada. Ihre Arbeiten sind in privaten und öffentlichen Sammlungen vertreten. Di – So, 11 – 18 U.

2 October – 30 September 2017, Reichsstadtmuseum, Klosterhof 5, Rothenburg o.d.T.: Medien der Reformation - Kampf der Konfessionen. Flugschriften der Reformation als Medienereignis. 1554 gelangte mit der Bibliothek des ansbachisch-markgräflichen Kanzlers Georg Vogler mit 58 Bänden eine der bedeutendsten Flugschriftensammlungen in Rothenburger Besitz. Ihre Inhalte zu vermitteln und die Umwälzungen der Medienlandschaft des frühen 16. Jahrhunderts darzustellen, hat sich das Reichsstadtmuseum mit dieser Sonderausstellung zur Aufgabe gemacht. Öffnungszeiten:

21 October – 12 March 2017, Bischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Mainz, Domstrasse 3, Mainz: Auf Ewig: Moderner Kirchenbau im Bistum Mainz. Die Ausstellung präsentiert den modernen Kirchenbau der Diözese durch fünf exemplarische Bauten. Sie stellt Fragen nach den Beweggründen für ihre Errichtung, den Architekten dieser neuen Kirchenbauten und den Menschen, die dahinter stehen. Zugleich wird der moderne Kirchenbau im Mainzer Bistum in einen größeren Zusammenhang gestellt. Außergewöhnliche Fotos von Marcel Schawe, die eigens für diese Ausstellung aufgenommen wurden, zeigen die Qualität und vor allem die Schönheit der hier vorgestellten modernen Bauten. Originale Ausstattungsstücke runden die Präsentation ab. Di – Fr, 10 – 17 U, Sa und So, 11 – 18 U.

17 November – 12 March, Sammlung Museum Hurrle, Vier Jahreszeiten, Almstrasse 49, Durbach: Werke von Mireille Gros zum Thema "dschungelergänzungen" Öffnungszeiten:

19 February – 15 May, Museum Katharinenhof, Mühlenstraße 9, Kranenburg: Kunst und Religion. Di – zo 14 – 17 u.

2 March – 5 April, Gallery 2 Berlin, Auguststr. 2, Berlin: Thomas Werk: Sieben Werke der Barmherzigkeit. Artist Talk, 29 March, 19.30 h.

10 March – 9 July, Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstr. 6, Leipzig: Bildwechsel. Buchillustration in der Reformationszeit. Der durch die evangelische Bewegung verursachte Bildwechsel kann am Beispiel zeitgenössischer Buchillustrationen aus dem Bestand der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig gezeigt werden. Täglich 10 – 18 U.

30 April – 10 September, Dominikanermuseum, Kriegsdamm 4, Rottweil: Religiöse Kunst der Moderne im Raum Rottweil (1945-2015). Di – so, 10 – 17 U.

19 May – 17 September, Karlskirche Kassel, Karlsplatz, Kassel, St. Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin und Altes Gefängnis, Ehemalige Haftanstalt Berliner Straße, Wittenberg: Luther und die Avantgarde.  Eine aktuelle Bestandsaufnahme der Kunst zu den Themen unserer Zeit. 70 internationale Künstler zeigen ihren Blick auf Freiheit, Individualität, Religion und soziale Konfliktfelder.



24 November – 26 February 2017, Vatican Museum, Vatican City State: Rembrandt at the Vatican, “Pictures from the sky and earth”. The exhibition is a collaboration between the museum in the Papal State and the Zorn Museum in Mora, and has come to fruition on the initiative of Sweden’s former ambassador to the Holy See, Lars-Hjalmar Wide. The exhibition includes 50 exquisite examples from Anders Zorn’s extensive collection of Rembrandt etchings. Included also is an oil painting from a private collection in the Netherlands. Opening hours:



24 September – 9 April 2017, Kröller-Müller Museum, Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo: The Early Van Gogh: 'Work against Indifference'. When Vincent van Gogh decided to become an artist and taught himself how to draw and paint, he focused his attention on the people who had to work hard for their living, in humble workshops and on farmlands in all weathers. This exhibition shows how Van Gogh at the beginning of his career taught himself to transmit his world view into image. Unlike contemporaries like Isaac Israels or George Breitner he does not focus mundane city life, but the edges of society. With his depictions ‘of the people, for the people’, Vincent strove to sincerely express his compassion for their way of life. Or, as he put it in a letter to his brother Theo: ‘I say it again – work against indifference – perseverance isn’t easy – but things that are easy mean little’. The emphasis is on Van Gogh’s drawings. These in particular clearly show how he struggled to master the technique and to depict volume and movement in his figures. Moreover, he sought to depict ‘life’ itself and if necessary to draw ‘inaccuracies’ that were ‘truer’ than the ‘literal truth’. Opening hours:

19 November 2016 – 30 April 2017, Groninger Museum, Museumeiland 1, Groningen: Rodin: Genius at Work.

27 January – 20 June, Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam: The genius Leonardo da Vinci. The extensive exhibition shows that Leonardo da Vinci was much more than the painter of the Mona Lisa. He opened his mind and was - in his years in the fifteenth century- thinking hundred years ahead. 11 – 19 h.

10 February – 20 August, Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38, Utrecht: Mary. Large exhibition about various aspects of Mary.  http://

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1 December 2011 – 1 April 2019, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh: Reformation to Revolution. At the beginning of the sixteenth century Scotland was a Catholic state governed by the Stewart dynasty (who later spelled their name Stuart). By the close of the seventeenth century the monarchy, church and parliament had all changed drastically. After 1603 the Stuarts, now based in London, were absentee rulers, and the nature of kingship was itself increasingly contested. The huge upheavals of the Reformation saw Protestantism become the nation’s official religion. The collapse of the old church and the dispersal of its lands and wealth brought about a major shift of power and income: new landed classes vied with established noble families for status and influence. These complex changes had important cultural consequences. With religious painting no longer acceptable, there was an increase in demand for secular art forms, portraiture in particular. This coincided with a growing merchant and professional class beginning to commission works of art to display their increased ambition and economic strength. Painted portraits were expensive, and those who acquired them came from the wealthiest levels of society, both old and new.  These men and women used portraits to assert ideas of social status as well as to record an individual likeness.  Their images played a significant role in the struggles for power, identity and nationhood during this period. Opening hours:



13 October 2016 – 17 April 2017, Bernisches Historisches Museum, Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern: Mercenary, iconoclast, dancer of death. Niklaus Manuel (1484–1530) was a painter, graphic artist, mercenary, writer, politician and diplomat all in one. All these facets to his life make him one of Switzerland’s most striking figures in the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern period. New media (printing), new worlds (the discovery of America), new knowledge (the Renaissance) and a new faith (the Reformation) shaped this time of upheaval in European history at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries. The Reformation shattered the homogeneous Christian concept of the meaning of life accepted throughout Europe. Existential matters such as love, violence and death gained new urgency. In the Swiss Confederation of the time, questions of “them” and “us”, of solidarity and exclusion, and the impact of foreign paymasters and foreign powers came to the fore. Seen from today’s perspective the first decades of the modern age are astonishingly topical. The exhibition follows the life of Niklaus Manuel from mercenary to statesman, from artist to iconoclast. Superlative paintings, unknown drawings, woodcuts and texts by Manuel plus books, weapons, clothes, tapestries, paintings on glass and sculptures from the collections of the Bernisches Historisches Museum and more than thirty lenders in Switzerland and Europe bring Manuel and the world he lived in to life. The exhibition reveals a colourful personality and a great artist, and through him an entire era. It is also part of the celebrations of the fifth centenary of the Reformation in 2017. Tu – su, 10 – 17 h. http://

11 November 2016 – 26 March 2017, Forum Würth, Aspermontstrasse 1, Chur: Marc Chagall – Zwischen Himmel und Erde. Die Ausstellung zeigt neben Einzelwerken vor allem einen Zyklus zur Bibel, der aus 25 Farblithografien besteht. Die Lithografien der Sammlung Würth entstanden 1960 und ihre Themen unterscheiden sich von den übrigen Bibelillustrationen insofern, als ihnen besonders Berichte über Frauen und deren Beitrag zur Geschichte Israels zugrunde liegen: So begegnen wir darin Eva, Sarah, Hagar, Rahel, Naemi oder Ruth und sehen ihre Geschichten durch die Augen Chagalls, der die Bibel als «reichste poetische Quelle aller Zeiten» empfand. Öffnungszeiten: täglich 11 – 17 U.

9 February – 1 April, Galerie Urs Reichlin, Baarerstrasse 133, Zug: Einzelausstellung Hans Thomann. Di – fr 10.15 – 18.15 U.



20 November – 26 March, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles: Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach brings to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art. Opening hours:

7 January – 23 April, The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC: Jacob Lawrence: To Haiti Let Us Go. This special exhibition features 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997. The series portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742-1803), the former slave turned revolutionary leader who led the fight for the liberation of Haiti during the French revolution. Lawrence had explored the same subject more than 50 years earlier in a series of paintings of the same title (now in the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans). Opening hours: and

13 January – 9 July, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT: Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. This exhibition presents photographer Lee Friedlander’s images of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, a critical yet generally neglected moment in American civil rights history. On May 17, 1957—the third anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, which outlawed segregation in public schools—thousands of activists, including many leaders from religious, social, educational, labor, and political spheres, united in front of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D. Opening hours:

24 January – 23 June, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture. A crossroads in world culture, Italy has been for over two thousand years a haven for many layers of immigration from the four corners of the Diaspora. Different Jewish worlds mingled together in the peninsula, while still keeping specific traits. While maintaining century-old traditions, Italian Jews also tested out new cultural formats that came to define Jewish modernity. This exhibition presents a selection of manuscripts, books, ritual objects, textiles, photographs, and postcards collected over five decades to investigate the global significance of Jewish history in Italy. Tu – fr, 11 – 16 h.

5 February – 4 June, National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC: Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence. Luca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482), a master sculptor in marble and bronze, invented a glazing technique for terracotta sculpture that positioned him as one of the most innovative artists of the 15th century. Today, the sculptures created by Luca and his family workshop retain their brilliant opaque whites, deep cerulean blues, and botanical greens, purples and yellows over modeling that makes them powerful and engaging examples of Italian Renaissance art.  Resistant to weather and easily readable at a distance, Della Robbia works were widely collected in the late 19th and early 20th century by Americans traveling to Italy who sought to bring something of the Renaissance home. Mo – sa 10 – 17 h, su 11 – 18 h.

18 March – 23 July, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC: Miserere et Guerre: Georges Rouault, 1914-1927. The Nasher Museum, Duke Chapel and Duke Divinity School have collaborated on the exhibition Miserere et Guerre, a series of 58 intaglio prints by French artist Georges Rouault (1871–1958). Originally conceived as a two-volume set, the series depicts the political turmoil, human devastation, spiritual desolation and deep longing felt in Europe during World War I and leading up to World War II. Opening hours:

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