A depiction of the suffering Christ can inspire feelings of gratitude, pity or remorse. Thus is intends to deepen our love of God. Penny Warden

Exhibitions 2017

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7 October – 26 August 2018, Dom Museum Vienna, Stephansplatz 6, Vienna: Images in Language and the Language of Images. The exhibition focuses on the wide field of word-image art from the Middle Ages until today. During the Middle Ages, words and images were used to convey religious ideas and complex theological thought, while Modernity uses letters as visual signs in and of themselves: they become images. They were used in a similar way, when images were deemed inappropriate, as in the religious art of Islam, Judaism, or during the early European Middle Ages. The exhibition spans serial works featuring words and images by Blake, Kubin, Brus, as well as Gothic evangeliaries. In the 9th century, Hrabanus Maurus used letters and images for complex theological concepts, while a thousand years later, Alighiero Boetti turns letters into images – exposing an entirely new layer. Otto Mauer Prize recipients Siggi Hofer and Kamen Stoyanov work with script in space, as does Josef Bauer with his poetic word sculptures, while Jaume Plensa, Timm Ulrichs, and Birgit Jürgenssen deal with concepts of script and body. Goya and Hogarth provide biting commentary in their engravings while contemporary artists such as Johanna Kandl or Muntean/Rosenblum supplement their paintings with text. The objects in this exhibition are wonderful examples showing that words and images aren’t opposites, but have complemented each other for millennia in the struggle for existential expression. Öffnungszeiten:

6 December 2017 – 6 December 2018, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz: Renate Krammer: Die Poesie der Linie. Seit fast 20 Jahren arbeitet Renate Krammer an der Linie. Ein „abstraktes Innenleben“ zu zeichnen war der Ausgangspunkt für diese künstlerische Lebensentscheidung. Langweilig, sagt sie, wird ihr seither nie. In dieser extremen formalen Reduktion ist die Anmutung sinnlich nachvollziehbar, sich ganz auf das Wesentliche zu beschränken. Eine reduzierte, konzentrierte Wahrnehmung zu lernen ist das Rezeptionsverhalten, das diesen Bildern geschuldet wird: Insofern ist diese längst fällige „Retrospektive“ Krammers auch ein öffentlicher Beitrag zur Verlangsamung in einer schnelllebigen Zeit – gerade im geschäftlichen Treiben um die Weihnachtszeit, die trotz des Lärms noch immer mit Klischees – oder Sehnsuchtsbegriffen? – wie Stille, Einkehr und Besinnung überstülpt wird. Mehr und Öffnungszeiten:



22 September – 27 May 2018, M-Museum Leuven, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven: Crossing Borders: Medieval Sculpture from the Low Countries. Almost 100 statues from the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen are being exhibited outside Germany for the first time, beside 18 works from the permanent collection at M. The exhibition thus presents an extensive survey of late Gothic (1350-1550) mastery in the Low Countries. 95 masterpieces from Aachen will be juxtaposed with 18 works from the permanent collection at M. The pieces include creations by Jan Borman, the Master of Elsloo, Jan van Steffeswert, Hendrik Roesen, the Master I.T., the Master of the Five-Pointed Star, the Master of the Utrecht Stone Head of a Woman, and Master Balthasar. The Peter Altarpiece from Opper-Gerle is one of the absolute highlights of the exhibition. It is not only exceptional due to its size, but is also striking for the detailed execution of its many figures. Hours: 

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4 November – 13 May, The David Collection, Kronprinsessegade 30-32, Copenhagen: The Human Figure in Islamic Art - Holy Men, Princes, and Commoners. Many people believe that it is not permitted to depict human figures in the Islamic cultural sphere. This is a qualified truth, however. While some Muslims have criticized and even destroyed human depictions, considering them to be idols, others have from the very earliest period commissioned works of art with human figures as an essential element. The exhibition focuses primarily on the different ways in which the human figure has been used in Islamic art, from an ornament and symbol to scientific diagrams, narrative illustrations, and independent paintings or drawings. Hours:

9 November 2017 – 29 April 2018, Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Strandvejen 13, Lemvig: Behold, Bodil Kaalund 1930 – 2016.  Bodil Kaalund (1930-2016) was one of Denmark’s greatest church illustrators. Many knew her illustrations from the Bible, illustrated by her in 1992. Some of her early landscape paintings, Greenlandic motifs and female portraits are less known. The Museum of Religious Art shows all of this in its new commemorative exhibition. From the early landscape paintings until the last works, which remained in the studio by the death of the artist in 2016. The exhibition is mainly built up around works owned by Bodil Kaalund herself, and many of them have never before been exhibited. Tu – Su, 12 – 16 h, after 24 March until 17 h.

21 January – 29 April, Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Strandvejen 13, Lemvig: Danske samtidskunstnere i dialog med reformationen. Anledning af Reformationsjubilæet er 25 danske kunstnere blevet inviteret til at reflektere over reformationen og dens betydning. Kunstnernes tanker om reformationen er blevet omsat til billedkunstneriske udtryk i forskellige medier som maleri, skulptur, installation, foto og grafik. Alle værker er nye og lavet specielt til udstillingen.Traditionelt betragter man Martin Luthers opslag af de 95 teser på porten i Wittenberg i 1517 som startskuddet på den reformation. Tu – Su, 12 – 16 h, after 24 March until 17 h.



21 July 2017 – 2 December 2018, National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Pl, London: 1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which is traditionally dated from Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Saxony. The reforming movement that subsequently spread across Europe was to have profound consequences in England, triggering centuries of religious reform, conflict and suppression that have been described as England’s ‘Reformations’. This display looks at a selection of the portraits of some of the most prominent figures of the early years of reform in England, including the prints that were created to disseminate their ideas and commemorate their lives. Daily 10 – 18 h (th until 21 h).

2 October – 2 April 2018, Sunley Room, National Gallery, London: Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites. Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning. The exhibition, which includes a number of religious works, explores the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt, among others, were influenced by the painting in their work. 

2 November 2017 – 8 April 2018, British Museum, Great Russell St, London: Living with Gods. Living with gods. Peoples, places and worlds beyond. Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies. By looking at how people believe through everyday objects of faith, this exhibition provides a perspective on what makes believing a vital part of human behaviour. Seeing how people believe, rather than considering what they believe, suggests that humans might be naturally inclined to believe in transcendent worlds and beings. Stories, objects, images, prayers, meditation and rituals can provide ways for people to cope with anxieties about the world, and help form strong social bonds. This in turn helps to make our lives well-ordered and understandable. 10 – 17.30 h, Fr until 20.30 h.

17 November – 18 March 2018, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront: John Piper. Opening hours:

9 February – 10 May, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire: Crossings: Art and Christianity Now. The exhibition consists of two parts: Crucifixion Now: 9th Feb-21st March 2018 and Resurrection Now: 1st April-10th May 2018. A major two-part art exhibition by 36 contemporary artists. The Historic Minster will be filled with over 100 artworks made especially for this unique exhibition, twice! The artists come from a mixture of belief backgrounds but all are interested in exploring the themes of crucifixion and resurrection, and refreshing them visually for today. Each artist has made two artworks, with one replacing the other halfway through the run, showing how these two themes interact.

14 February - 29 March, South Transept, Hereford Cathedral: 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. http://www.herefordcathedral.org

14 February – 30 March, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London: Doubt: Lent Installation. This year, internationally renowned artist Susie MacMurray will be displaying a new work Doubt from Ash Wednesday until Good Friday. This new site specific installation is created in direct response to Southwark Cathedral and the lofty spaces within it.  Doubt fills the volume of air above the high altar sanctuary like a dark cloud. Hours:

27 February – 14 April, Ripon Cathedral, Liberty Court House, Minster Rd, Ripon: Threads through Revelation, a spectacular display of textile art by Jacqui Parkinson, showing many images from the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible. Mo – sa, 8.30 – 18 h. Su, 12 – 17 h.

28 February – 25 March, White Conduit Project, 1 White Conduit Street, Islington, London: Point of no Return - Art Action Exhibition. This new exhibition by artists and curators collective Art Action UK and White Conduit Project seeks to highlight the issues from the triple disaster that hit Fukushima in 2011 - seven years ago. A Point Of No Return features artists’ works dealing with the enormity of that disaster. We, Th, 11 – 19 h, Fr, Sa, 12 – 18 h, Su, 11 – 16 h. /

29 March – 8 April, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London: Chaiya Art Awards. Where is God In Our 21 Century World? This exhibition of painting, sculpture and video is for the curious and open-minded, for people of all faiths and none. It is bursting with richness and diversity, vulnerability and exploration, colour and fragility, treasure and beauty. The 40+ featured artists care about our world and the life it sustains. Their persistent probing to find meaning and understanding through what they create is hugely important to us all. Does God exist? If He is real, where is He and what does He have to offer?   Be inspired and challenged by a multitude of original and provocative responses that will draw you further into the mystery of just where is God in our 21 century world. 11 – 18 h, th, until 20 h.



15 September – 8 April, 2018, Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris: L'art du pastel de Degas à Redon. Out of its collection of more than 200 pastels, the Petit Palais is presenting a selection of close to 150 of them for the first time, offering an exhaustive overview of the main artistic currents of the second half of the 19th-century, from Impressionism to Symbolism. Opening hours:

20 January – 2 April, L'espace culturel cathédrale, 2, rue Pasteur Vallery-Radot, Creteil : "Force et Esprit", maître Akeji et photographies d'Hervé Desvaux, L'association Chemin des Arts en Val-de-Marne expose les œuvres calligraphiques de Maître Akeji. Des photographies d'Hervé Desvaux, de l'artiste en plein travail dans son ermitage japonais, viennent compléter le parcours. Lu – ve, 10 – 19 h.

23 January – 4 April, Maison de la Parole, 4bis rue Hélène Loiret, Meudon : "Le motif, le regard, la contemplation." La maison de la Parole de Meudon accueille une belle exposition de dessins et de peintures de l'artiste Alexandre Hollan Ses œuvres sont une invitation a la contemplation proposée à tous... Ma, je, ve, sa, 10 -18 h.

27 January – 3 June, Domaine de Chantilly, Chantilly: Les gravures et dessins de Rembrandt au musée Condé. Le musée Condé présente dans son nouveau Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques, une exposition des oeuvres de Rembrandt et de son entourage provenant des collections de Chantilly. Ce "graveur en recherche", génie perfectionniste par excellence, ne se lasse pas de tester, d'essayer de nouvelles formes encore et encore, de re-graver sa plaque de cuivre. Un processus fascinant qui se dévoile sous nos yeux au fil des salles. 10 – 18 h (pas en ma jusqu’au 23 mars)

9 February – 30 April, Château de Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, Vincennes: "Détenues". L'exposition d'une série de la photographe Bettina Rheims. Ces photographies confrontent l’univers carcéral avec celui de la création artistique ; dans un dialogue complexe, il interroge la construction et la représentation de la féminité dans les espaces de privation de liberté et d’enfermement. De ces rencontres, volontaires, sont nés des portraits saisissants qui nous renvoient au regard que nous portons sur la détention. 10 – 17 h.



13 July 2017 – 30 June 2018, Evangelische Bildungsstätte auf Schwanenwerder, Berlin: Lichtungen – Öffnung im Sichtbaren, Bildwerke von Harald Gnade, Hans-Hendrik Grimmling, Karl-Ludwig Lange, Winfried Muthesius, Volker Stelzmann, Sibylle Wagner und Robert Weber.

12 October 2017 – 1 July 2018, Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum und Domschatzkammer, Markt 17, Paderborn: More than Rome. Christoph Brech im Dialog mit der Sammlung des Diözesanmuseums. Der Künstler Christoph Brech lotet mit seinen Arbeiten Phänomene des Übergangs aus, er fängt Augenblicke großer Stille ein und betreibt ein feinsinniges Spiel mit verschiedenen Bedeutungsebenen. Gemeinsam mit dem Museumsteam hat er für die  Ausstellung 18 seiner Video-Installationen und 30 Foto-Arbeiten mit Skulpturen, Gemälden, Goldschmiedekunst und Grafik zu thematischen Inszenierungen zusammengeführt. Dabei reicht der zeitliche Bogen vom Mittelalter über den Barock und das 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Wer die Ausstellung besucht, begibt sich in eine große szenische Bewegung durch das ganze Haus. Es ist ein reich bebilderter Katalog erschienen. Christoph Brech (*1964) gilt als einer der wichtigsten deutschen Videokünstler. Er studierte 1989–1995 Malerei und Grafik bei Prof. Franz Bernhard Weißhaar an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in München. Seit 1998 bilden Video-Kunst und -Installationen neben der Fotografie einen Schwerpunkt seines künstlerischen Schaffens. Di – So, 10 – 18 U.

16 November – 1 April 2018, Haus Katharina von Siena, Thommstraße 24 a, Augsburg: Heidi Esch,

8 December – 2 April, 2018, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30 – 32, Stuttgart: Der Meister von Meßkirch. Katholische Pracht in der Reformationszeit. Erstmals widmet die Staatsgalerie Stuttgart mit annähernd 200 Exponaten dem Meister von Meßkirch, einem bedeutenden deutschen Maler der Frühen Neuzeit, eine umfassende monographische Ausstellung. Ein Großteil seiner Tafelbilder und Zeichnungen befinden sich heute verstreut in Museen und Privatsammlungen Europas und den U.S.A. Vereint in der Ausstellung, verdeutlichen sie das Wirken des Meisters von Meßkirch und setzen sein Schaffen mit Werken von Künstlern wie Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Baldung Grien, Lucas Cranach d. Ä. und Albrecht Dürer in den Kontext seiner Zeit. Unbekannt sein Name, rätselhaft seine Herkunft. Mehr noch als das Geheimnis um seine Identität ziehen die koloristisch außergewöhnlichen Bilder und die charaktervollen Heiligen des Meisters von Meßkirch in den Bann. Öffnungszeiten:

17 January – 28 March, Katholische Akademie in Bayern, Mandlstraße 23, München: Estacioes Del Dolor - Werke von Lilian Moreno Sánchez. Mo – Fr, 9 – 17 U.

7 February – 8 May, St. Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin-Tiergarten: camera chiara. Arbeiten von Miguel Rohtschild. Während der Passionsausstellung „De profundis“ des argentinischen Künstlers Miguel Rothschild in der St. Matthäus-Kirche im Berliner Kulturforum zeigt die Stiftung St. Matthäus weitere Bilder des in Berlin lebenden Künstlers auf der Bischofsetage im Evangelischen Zentrum. Zu sehen sind fotografische Objekte, die durch kunstvolle Perforationen entstanden sind: Fotografien von Kirchenräumen und Kirchenfenstern, Friedhöfen und Stadtlandschaften, Heiligenbildern und Beichtstuhlgittern, die mittels Lochungen zu licht- und blickdurchlässigen Gebilden werden, deren Bildpunkte wie Konfetti in den Bilderrahmen fallen. Miguel Rothschild (*1963 in Buenos Aires) ist ein argentinischer Künstler, der heute in Berlin lebt und arbeitet. Nach einem Studium an der Hochschule der Künste in Buenos Aires war er Meisterschüler von Rebecca Horn. Mo – Fr, 9 – 17 U.

8 February – 21 May, Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, Frankfurt am Main: Rubens, The Power of Transformation. Few artists had as strong an influence on European Baroque painting as Peter Paul Rubens. Not only ancient and contemporary sculptures served him as inspiration, but also paintings – by such artists as Titian, Tintoretto, Elsheimer or Goltzius. This exhibition is the first ever to provide striking insights into how Rubens ‘processed’ the works of his forerunners and why he’s still one of the most well-known painters of all time. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (Th, Fr, until 21 h).

14 February – 2 April, Herz-Jesu-Kirche, Löhrrondell 1A, Koblenz: Die Künstlerin Kyra Spieker zeigt zum Aschermittwoch der Künste eine  Intervention im sakralen Raum, indem sie für den Altar eine spiegelnde Hülle konstruiert. Mit großer Neugier widmet sich Kyra Spieker der Lichtatmosphäre ausgesuchter Räume und ihrer im Tagesverlauf schwindenden Lichtintensität. In neueren Arbeiten nutzt sie dafür verstärkt reflektierende Materialien. Sieben miteinander verwobene Bahnen spiegelnder, perforierter Chromfolie verhüllen den Altar nahezu. In die rhythmischen Einschnitte sind transparente Acrylglasröhren horizontal eingezogen; so entsteht ein zirkulierendes Element, das für die Künstlerin Luft, Atem und Geist versinnbildlicht. Die in sich gebrochenen Folienoberflächen bündeln Licht und Farben des Kircheninneren und stellen den großzügigen, realen Weiten fiktive, gespiegelte Räume gegenüber.

23 February – 14 April, Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst e.V., Finkenstraße 4, München: Doppelpass I. Markus Bacher und Wilhelm Scheruebl ‚Samen, die in den Morgen drängen’. Die Ausstellung ‚Samen, die in den Morgen drängen‘ bildet den Auftakt der neuen Reihe ‘Doppelpass‘, die jeweils zwei KünstlerInnen auf den Ausstellungsraum reagieren lässt. Dialog findet nicht nur zwischen Kuratorin und Künstler oder Kunstwerk und Besucher statt, sondern alle Beteiligten werden in den Entstehungsprozess einbezogen. Markus Bacher (*1983 in Kitzbühel/Tirol) lädt ein zu einem Spaziergang in die abstrakte Malerei, doch entdeckt man Hinweise auf Gegenständliches. Die Arbeiten von Wilhelm Scheruebl reichen von vergleichsweise traditioneller Gegenständlichkeit bis hin zur völligen Abstraktion.

9 March – 24 June, Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4-5, Düsseldorf : The Rembrandt Experiment. To this day Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam) ranks among the most eminent painters in history. His etchings, too, have always been of exceptional renown. The founding director of the Academy of Art Düsseldorf, Lambert Krahe (1712-1790), already recognized the significance of these works for artists in training and acquired more than 200 etchings by Rembrandt. Around 100 of these graphic works from the historic stock of the Academy of Art Düsseldorf will be shown in the exhibition. Students of this renowned Düsseldorf academy now make reference to this selection of works, exploring Rembrandt’s portraits, landscapes and religious themes. Works resulting from this extraordinary experiment will be selected by a jury and presented in the exhibition. Öffnungszeiten:



7 October - 27 May 2018, Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam: Dutch Masters from the Hermitage: Treasures of the Tsars. For the first time in its existence, the Hermitage Amsterdam is set to hold an exhibition devoted to one of the most spectacular treasures of the State Hermitage museum in St Petersburg: its collection of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings. The selection of works coming to the forthcoming Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars exhibition totals sixty-three paintings by no fewer than fifty different artists, including six by Rembrandt. Virtually all the great Dutch Masters will be represented. The State Hermitage’s collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings contains 1500 works, making it the biggest anywhere outside the Netherlands. Hours:

3 February – 21 May, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, Rotterdam: Babel: Old Masters Back from Japan. The Tower of Babel and ninety other masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection were recently exhibited in Tokyo and Osaka. This was the first time that such a rich group of early Netherlandish works was shown in Japan. Tu – su, 11 – 17 h.

15 February – 13 May, Mauritshuis, Plein 29, The Hague: Jan Steen’s Histories. Meet Jan Steen as you probably didn’t know him before. This seventeenth century Dutch artist is mainly known as the painter of jolly and somewhat chaotic scenes from daily life – there is even a proverb in Dutch that refers to this, the ‘Jan Steen household’. But the artist also depicted entirely different subjects: paintings showing stories from the Bible, classical mythology, and history. A prime example is Moses and the Pharaoh’s Crown at the Mauritshuis. These are stories filled with excitement, drama, and passion. Through a selection of roughly twenty paintings, the exhibition shows that Steen was a versatile and ambitious artist, with considerable literary knowledge and a keen eye for the comical aspects of each story. Mo, 13 – 18 h, th 10 – 20 h, other days, 10 – 18 h.

17 February – 17 June, Museum Gouda, Achter de Kerk 14, Gouda: Pieter Pourbus: Master Painter from Gouda. Pieter Pourbus (ca. 1523-1584) was born in Gouda and became a famous painter after moving to Bruges. Museum Gouda presents the first exhibition ever dedicated to Pourbus in the Netherlands. The paintings from the collection of Museum Gouda will be accompanied by international loans from renowned collections in Scotland, Belgium, France and England. In particular the Van Belle Triptych, which will leave Bruges for the first time since 1556, will be one of the highlights of the exhibition. Tu- Su and 2 April and 20 May, 10 – 17h.

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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:

8 April – 25 March 2018, Scotttish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh: Constable & McTaggart. One of the greatest masterpieces of British art, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831) is one of a monumental series of ‘six-footer’ canvases painted by John Constable and was considered by the artist to convey ‘the fullest impression of the compass of his art’. Painted in the aftermath of the death of the artist’s beloved wife Maria, this turbulent landscape is the most visually spectacular of all the ‘six-footers’ and the one of which he was most proud, referring to it as ‘The Great Salisbury’. It will be shown in dialogue with one of the most powerful and celebrated of all Scottish landscape paintings: William McTaggart’s The Storm (1890). Constable’s work was a source of profound inspiration for William McTaggart throughout much of his career, both on an artistic and personal level, and the display will explore the transformative influence of his artistic practice and technique on the ‘Father of Scottish Painting’. Opening hours:



15 December – 13 May, Kunsthalle Zürich, Limmatstrasse 270, Zürich: Rob Pruitt: The Church. Es ist ein Hochseilakt, der sich furchtlos Widerspruch, Erfolg und Scheitern aussetzt, eine Balance voller Eleganz, Stil, Verzweiflung und Komik. Rob Pruitts Werke werden unter dem Titel The Church (Die Kirche) ausgestellt und folgen auch dieser Idee: die Kirche als öffentlicher Ort, wo sich Menschen aus verschiedensten Gründen über den Weg laufen. Deswegen will The Church nicht nur Ausstellung sein, sondern auch Raum für Aktivitäten. The Church ist somit Ausstellung und Bildungsstätte in einem, Kirche und Treffpunkt und Ort für Kunst und Gesellschaft. In Zusammenarbeit mit „500 Jahre Zürcher Reformation“. Öffnungszeiten:

24 January – 28 April, l'Espace Muraille, Place des Casemates 5, Genève: Olafur Eliasson, l'artiste islando-danois. L'exposition est conçue en étroite collaboration avec l’artiste et son studio, présente des éléments emblématiques du vocabulaire artistique d’Olafur Eliasson, notamment son travail autour de la lumière, de l’eau, des couleurs, et plusieurs nouvelles installations, pensées spécifiquement pour et en dialogue avec le lieu. Ma – ve, 10 – 12 h et 13.30 – 18 h. Sa, 13 – 18 h.

24 February – 24 March, Galerie Ute Barth, „spot on 3D“, Kartausstrasse 8, Zürich: Hans Thomann. Mi - Fr 12 - 18.30 U, Sa 12 - 16 U.

25 February – 8 April, Kloster Kappel, Kappelerhof 5, Kappel am Albis: Moderne und ostchristliche Ikonen. Nina Gamsachurdia: Pneuma. Die vergessene Atemseele der Malerei. Ausstellung ostchristlicher Ikonen im Dialog mit modernen Kunstwerken. Führung durch die Ausstellung ab 4. März 2018 jeden Sonntag um 14 U mit Nina Gamsachurdia. Treffpunkt: Réception.



6 January – 8 April, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, 36 University Avenue, Kingston, ON: The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art. This exhibition expands upon the traditional imagery of this theme to consider how female fortitude was visualized in early modern Europe. It considers the virtues, imperfections and desires of these biblical and mythological characters within the framework of social norms of the period. It interrogates the historic conventions of female agency and prompts us to measure them against our own. Featured artists include Antonio Bellucci, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Salomon de Bray, Antonio Carneo, Albrecht Dürer, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Barent Fabritius, Ciro Ferri, Aert de Gelder, Lucas van Leyden, Jan Lievensz, Pieter van Mol, Jacques Ignace de Roore and Alessandro Turchi. Hours:

18 January – 7 May, The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, B.C.: Erica Vance: Salt Water Skin Boats. We are metaphorically skin boats sustained by, and inseparable from, a dangerously changing global ocean. Salt Water Skin Boats is an inter-arts project by visual artist Erica Grimm in collaboration with acclaimed sound artist Sheinagh Anderson and artist/arborist Tracie Stewart. This large-scale installation and experimental soundscape draws analogies between human bodies and the global ocean. Sculptural forms based on ancient water-going vessels and constructed from willow, dogwood, fig, and cedar branches, cheesecloth, animal skin and gut, bathymetric maps of oceans, and layers of wax are suspended in a dimly-lit gallery and accompanied by a haunting soundscape. An embodied experience, the exhibition calls attention to the life-sustaining connections between the precariously balanced chemistry of the ocean and the human body.

21 February – 22 March, Lookout Gallery, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver: Water From Stone. Exhibition by Jess Morgun. Opening reception, we 21 February, 16.30 – 19.30 h. How much can an inanimate object say? And what is the role of the artist or perceiver in allowing objects to speak? Water from Stone is a body of work by artist Jessica Morgun including sculpture, installation, and drawings. It addresses these questions through simple materials and minimal gestures, transforming objects through light, shadow, and refraction. Mo – Fr, 8.30 – 17 h, Sa, 12 – 16 h. 

22 February – 25 March, SAMC Gallery, Norma Marion Alloway Library on the campus of Trinity Western University in Langley, BC: Doris Auxier: Amid the Shadow and the Soul: A Visual Meditation.



3 June 2017 – 1 April 2018, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco | de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA: Revelations: Art from the African American South. The exhibition celebrates the debut of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco major acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta of 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States. Included in the current acquisition are paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by 22 acclaimed artists, including Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, Jessie T. Pettway, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver, Annie Mae Young, and Purvis Young. The history of the partnership between the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Souls Grown Deep Foundation dates back to 2006, when the Museums hosted the loan exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. The cultural origins of these artworks can be traced back to the African Diaspora, slavery, and the Jim Crow era of institutionalized racism, which restricted both physical freedom and freedom of expression for African Americans. Despite these barriers, in the segregated and comparatively safe spaces of churches and cemeteries, as well as in the fields and forests, African Americans created a cultural language that led to the evolution of distinctly African American musical forms such as gospel, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. Tu – su, 9.30 – 17.15 h.

9 January – 29 April, Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York: Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. Drawings played a crucial role in the artistic practice of the three giants of the Flemish Baroque, Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), and Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678). This exhibition features the greatest works on paper by the artists in the Morgan’s collection, as well as a few key loans from local collections. The show highlights the distinctive graphic styles of each artist and their influence on one another. The Morgan is particularly well-suited to tell this fascinating story as its holdings of Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens are unparalleled in the United States. Hours:

27 January – 28 May, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago: The Medieval World at Our Fingertips: Manuscript Illuminations from the Collection of Sandra Hindman. This exhibition of nearly 30 manuscript illuminations travels through 400 years of the Middle Ages and across numerous countries in western Europe. Although often tiny in scale, these exquisite fragments from choir books, books of hours, and religious narratives offer a fascinating microcosm of medieval Europe, a world that extended from the sacred context of the great Gothic cathedrals to the cosmopolitan culture of the sunlit Italian courts. This impressive and wide-ranging collection was assembled over a lifetime by Sandra Hindman. A noted medieval manuscript scholar and the founder of Les Enluminures, Hindman has generously given approximately one third of the exhibition’s illuminations to the Art Institute. The presentation celebrates her recent gift while also documenting her own journey as an innovative and imaginative teacher and student of the medieval book. A richly illustrated book by Christopher de Hamel accompanies the exhibition. De Hamel, a renowned authority on illuminated manuscripts, uses the Hindman miniatures as a starting point for reflections on the world of the Middle Ages. 10.30 – 17 h (th until 20 h)

28 January – 13 May, Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC: Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe. Considered Estonia’s greatest Renaissance artist, Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was sought after by the renowned European courts of his day, including those of King Ferdinand of Aragón and Queen Isabella of Castile, Philip the Handsome, Margaret of Austria and Christian II of Denmark. Mo – Sa, 10 – 17 h, Su, 11 – 18 h.

31 January – 22 April, The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York: Zurbarán's Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle.   In collaboration with the Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas, and the Auckland Castle Trust, County Durham, England, The Frick Collection is organizing an exhibition of Jacob and His Twelve Sons, an ambitious series of thirteen paintings that depict life-size figures from the Old Testament. On loan from Auckland Castle, the works by the Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664) have never before traveled to the United States. Hours:

14 February – 1 April, Manhattan, New York: Perspectives of Stations of the Cross, An artistic exhibition across Manhattan. Why have you forsaken me?" Jesus’ words from the cross resonate with the anguish felt by many people today. This feeling is especially acute for refugees seeking to come to America and immigrants hoping to stay here. This unique public art project takes visitors on a creative and contemplative journey across Manhattan. Stations of the Cross weaves through religious as well as secular spaces, from The Cloisters museum to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to the 9/11 Memorial. Instead of easy answers, Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and ethically. We encourage visitors of all faiths and none to take this journey using our custom app, Alight, which offers maps and podcasts from leading artists and thinkers to guide users on their way. 

22 February – 28 May, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA: Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth. The exhibition will explore renowned Renaissance painter Fra Angelico’s talent for storytelling. For the first time ever, the four newly restored reliquaries – containers for holy relics – that were painted for the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence between 1424 and 1434 will be reunited at the Gardner. Together they picture the life of the Virgin Mary and offer the opportunity to explore his talent for sacred tales. We – Mo, 11 – 17 h (th until 21 h).

23 February – 8 April, Patmos Art Center, Community of Jesus, 39 Anchor Drive, Orleans, MA: Susan Kanaga and Filippo Rossi: Through Light. In this third artistic collaboration, Filippo Rossi and Susan Kanaga, CJ, explore imagery of light within the context of abstract sacred art. Rossi, an Italian Catholic, and Kanaga, a Protestant from the USA, approach light, a major and complex symbol, through their own faith traditions. Through Light is an expression of beauty and truth as seen through the eyes of Rossi and Kanaga as they strive to create a material and spiritual balance toward an ecumenical vision. Th – sa, 10 – 15 h.

3 March – 26 March, 1 April – 26 May, University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, 712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, CA: It Passes like a Thought. Featuring: Lynn Aldrich, Juan Fontanive, Ian Ingram, Richard Ross, Susan Silton, Victoria Vesna, and Anne Walsh. Perhaps there is no better metaphor for the fleeting world around us than birds. Before we had various technologies and methods to capture birds visually or to record their song, we only had our memories and our imaginations to represent their ephemeral presence. It Passes like a Thought includes seven contemporary artists who explore our obsessions with birds through various media. Some artists in this exhibition engage with birdsong, or more specifically, how we mimic or manipulate their sounds—looking for a response or a connection by creating a feedback loop with nature. Other artists are more interested in the visual diversity of birds, as well as how they are archived, classified, and preserved. Mo – sa 12 – 18 h.



11 October –  27 March 2018: Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, 128 No. 128, Yuancun Si Heng Road, Tianhe district, Guangzhou. Bill Viola: Selected Work 1977-2014. The exhibition is not a comprehensive retrospective. But the range of videos – dating from 1977 to 2014 – does make this a major survey of an artist who has so profoundly elevated video to fine art. The duality between death and birth, reality and illusion, and the use of water as a recurring metaphor are all there. Mo – Su, 10.30 – 21 h.



23 January – 1 April, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku Tokyo: Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty. This exhibition will trace the Bruegel lineage and highlight the beauty and appeal of Flemish art through landscape paintings, genre paintings, and still lifes of flowers by artists of the Bruegel dynasty. The exhibition will consist of some 100 works, many of them from private collections. 9.30 – 17.30 h.



19 February – 19 March, Christchurch City Council, 53 Hereford Street: Stations of the Cross paintings by Jessica Crothall. Taonga Puoro carved musical instruments by Rua Pick (Mo – Fr, 8 – 17 h). Artist’s floor talk Tuesday 20 February 12 h. B. Transitional Cathedral Latimer Square, Contemporary icons Gaylene Barnes. Photographs Mike Coughlan (Mo – Fr, 8.30 – 17 h). C. Until 16 March, Laidlaw College 70 Condell Ave, Bryndwyr: Postimplosion paintings by Jessica Crothall (mo – fr, 9 – 17 h) 19 February to 16 March (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). Artist’s floor talk Friday 16 March 17 – 20 h. Jessica Crothall on art and earthquakes, Peter Crothall on Colin McCahon’s Waterfalls.


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