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Exhibitions 2017

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AUSTRIA

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: http://www.dommuseum.at/de/besuch/http://www.dommuseum.at/de/ausstellungen/bilderdersprache-sprachederbilder/

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: http://www.kultum.at/?d=die-poesie-der-linie-renate-krammer#.WkVdiN_ibIW

9 March – 9 June, Aut. Architektur und Tirol, Im Adambräu, Lois Welzenbacher Platz 1, Innsbruck: Klaus Kinold: Hans Döllgast und Rudolf Schwarz. Zwei Baumeister der anderen Moderne. Klaus Kinold studierte in den 1960er Jahren in Karlsruhe bei Egon Eiermann Architektur. Er wurde am Lehrstuhl zum „Hausfotografen”, der u. a. Modelle und Bauten seiner Professoren fotografierte. Was seine Arbeit als Architekturfotograf auszeichnet, ist das umfassende Verständnis für ein Bauwerk, das er sich über seine Ausbildung als Architekt erworben hatte. Ihm geht es darum, ein Bauwerk fotografisch so wiederzugeben, dass die Kernidee des Architekten ersichtlich wird und besteht darauf, dass Architekturfotografie ein Bereich der sachlichen Dokumentation ist und nicht der künstlerischen Interpretation. Zwei Architekten, die in Klaus Kinolds Schaffen eine zentrale Rolle einnehmen sind Hans Döllgast und Rudolf Schwarz.  Fasziniert von deren materiell zurückhaltender und stark auf den Raum wie die Atmosphäre ausgerichteten Architektur, widmete sich Kinold dem Werk dieser beiden „Baumeister der anderen Moderne”, die – entgegen den Vertretern der sogenannten „radikalen Moderne“ – einen zurückhaltenden und in gewissem Sinne einen „konservativen“ Ansatz verfolgten. Zur Ausstellung erscheinen zwei Publikationen: „Hans Döllgast, Schöpferische Wiederherstellung“ und „Rudolf Schwarz, Kirchenbauten“ von Wolfgang Jean Stock. Di – Fr, 11 – 18 U, Sa, 11 – 17 U. https://aut.cc/ausstellungen/kinold-doellgast-schwarz

13 April – 14 October, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz: Last&Inspiration - 800 Jahre Diözese Graz-Seckau. Unter acht Gesichtspunkten werden in der umfangreichen Ausstellung im Priesterseminar und im Mausoleum der Diözese die Ausprägungen der Religionsgeschichte der Steiermark betrachtet: im Hinblick auf Macht, das Suchen nach einer „richtigen“ Religion, das Denken, die Schönheit in einer 1000-jährigen Sakralkunst. Di – So, 10 – 17 U. http://www.kultum.at/?d=lastinspiration-800-jahre-dioezese-graz-seckau#.WuIkh8iFPIU

 

BELGIUM

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: https://www.mleuven.be/en/practical-information https://www.mleuven.be/en/crossing-borders 

23 March - 24 June, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Frederik de Merodestraat 65, Mechelen: Call for Justice. Art and Law in the Burgundian Low Countries. Call for Justice highlights the fascinating interplay between art, the practice of law and the idea of justice in the geographical region under the jurisdiction of the Great Council of Mechelen during its mid-fifteenth to mid-seventeenth- century heyday. During this period a large number of principalities in the Low Countries were united for the first time under the dukes of Burgundy, making them part of an empire under the absolutist control of Charles V. The region was subsequently torn apart by the Reformation and the revolt against Spain and developed into two distinct political entities. The exhibition is structured around three themes: ‘justice’, ‘the judiciary’ and ‘injustice’. Call for Justice sets out to compare Netherlandish artworks on law and justice with one another and to place them within the juridical, historical and cultural background against which they originated. It will show how they interacted with this context but also how they powerfully visualized one of the most fundamental and universal human aspirations: the longing for justice, and its complex confrontation with reality. Call for Justice will show masterpieces by Quinten Metsys, Maarten van Heemskerck, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maerten de Vos, Peter Paul Rubens, Antoon van Dyck and Philippe de Champaigne, amongst many others. Th, 10 – 22 h, Fr – Tu, 10 – 17 h. https://www.hofvanbusleyden.be/call-for-justice-3

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ENGLAND

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). http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2017/1517-martin-luther-and-the-english-reformation

22 March – 7 June, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Alexandra Road, Swansea: Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz. Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She lived an intensely examined life, expressed in her numerous selfportraits, diaries and correspondence; at the core of this existence was her work as an artist and a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War. Kollwitz's unique artistic talent, her technical prowess and intelligence, and above all her humanity, can be seen in this exhibition. There is much about the life and work of Kollwitz that instils hope, that is inspiring and life affirming, despite the burden of hardship and sorrow carried by so many of her figures and by herself. Her emphasis was often on what was distinctive about women's experience, including the fundamental nature and potency of maternal love. She believed that art could be a force for good in society. 10 – 17 h. https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/39111/Portrait-of-the-Artist-Kathe-Kollwitz

2 May – 29 July, Atrium Gallery Bexley Wing, St James Hospital, Leeds: Exhibition Laurence Pusey. The artist is well known for his free and vibrant landscapes which have been described as using pattern with depth. http://www.laurencepusey.co.uk 

21 May – 3 June, St Mary & St Gabriel Parish Church, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, South Devon: New Visions: Theological Art Exhibition. 29 May 18.30 – 20 h, meet the Artist, Canon Robin Murch. 10 - 18 h. http://stokegabrielchurch.co.uk/

24 August - 9 September, Eyam Parish Church, Church Street, Eyam, Derbyshire: Exhibition Laurence Pusey. The artist is well known for his free and vibrant landscapes which have been described as using pattern with depth. http://www.eyam-church.org/Visiting_Groups.htmlhttp://www.laurencepusey.co.uk

 

FRANCE

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)   http://www.domainedechantilly.com/fr/event/rembrandt/

13 March – 1 July, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, 62 Rue des Archives, Paris: Diane et Actéon. Peintre, graveur et sculpteur, Gérard Garouste (né en 1946) s’inspire souvent des grands textes de référence. La Bible, le Talmud, ou dans un registre plus littéraire, le Don Quichotte de Cervantès, servent d’alibi à ses complexes jeux plastiques où l’audace des formes et des couleurs s’affranchit des contraintes de vraisemblance.   http://www.chassenature.org/gerard-garouste-diane-et-acteon/

23 March – 1 July, Musée de Port-Royal des Champs, Les Granges de Port-Royal, Magny-les-Hameaux: Traits divins, dessins français du musée d'Orléans. L'ancienne abbaye de Port-Royal des Champs, bastion célébrissime du jansénisme, aujourd'hui musée national, accueille pas moins de 53 dessins des collections du musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans, sous la férule de son conservateur Corentin Dury. Les thèmes abordés, éminemment bibliques, feront la joie de tous les amateurs de l'art du Grand Siècle. Ouvertures: https://www.port-royal-des-champs.eu/pratique/informations.html

5 April – 2 June, Galerie Guillaume, 32, rue de Penthièvre, Paris: Paternité. Pour la 4e année consécutive, la Galerie Guillaume expose les nouvelles peintures de François-Xavier de Boissoudy au printemps prochain. Après Miséricorde en 2015, Résurrection en 2016, Marie la vie d’une femme en 2017, c’est le thème du père, figure si malmenée à notre époque, sur lequel se penche le peintre pour tenter de comprendre ce qu’est la paternité. Lu – sa, 14 – 19 h. http://galerieguillaume.com/exposition-francois-xavier-de-boissoudy-154.html

18 April – 17 June, l'espace Saint-Pierre des Minimes, Rue des Minimes, Compiègne et au palais de Compiègne : Les yeux grand ouverts, François Rouan et le vitrail. François Rouan vient d'embellir l'église abbatiale de Saint-Jean-aux-Bois (60) d'un splendide vitrail. C'est l'occasion pour Compiègne de faire honneur à cet artiste, picard d'adoption, au sein de deux expositions : à l'espace Saint-Pierre des Minimes et au palais de Compiègne.   http://www.espace-minimes.fr/FilActualite.aspx?card=1599

18 April – 10 September, Palais de Compiègne, place du Général de Gaulle, Compiègne:  François Rouan, d'un château à l'autre. Invité au Palais de Compiègne, François Rouan, peintre installé à Saint Maximin dans l'Oise, propose un parcours personnel. Il décrit, filme, photographie le palais qui l'inspire. Ce travail enregistré, analysé est intégré à sa peinture selon le mode "du tressage", élément fondamental de son vocabulaire artistique. "Tressage" qui relie l'architecture, l'histoire et la somptuosité des aménagements intérieurs du palais. François Rouan intervient de manière discrète, subtile et interrogative, offrant ainsi une promenade poétique au visiteur attentif. Me – lu, 10 – 18 h. http://palaisdecompiegne.fr/evenement/dun-chateau-lautre-francois-rouan-2

 

GERMANY  

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. https://www.stiftung-stmatthaeus.de/programm/ausstellungen/veranstaltung/lichtungen-oeffnung-im-sichtbaren/

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. http://dioezesanmuseum-paderborn.de/more-than-rome/

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).   http://www.staedelmuseum.de/en/rubens

2 March – 24 June, Kulturkirche St. Stephani, Stephanikirchhof 8, Bremen: Projekt Zehn. Angesichts der derzeitigen Gewalt der Bilder, Worte und Taten stellt der 7. Kunststipendiat der Bremischen Evangelischen Kirche, der Künstler Tom Gefken eine grundlegende Frage: Welche Gebote bzw. welche Gesetze setzen der Gewalt Grenzen? Hierzu wird der Künstler die unterschiedlichsten Positionen wiedergeben, einerlei, ob sie von Propheten wie Moses stammen oder von Philosophen wie Bertrand Russell und Michael Schmidt-Salomon. Gegensätze und Widersprüche führt Gefken ebenso ins Feld wie Gemeinsamkeiten. Di – So, 11 – 17 U. http://www.kulturkirche-bremen.de/

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:   https://www.smkp.de/oeffnungszeiten/ https://www.smkp.de/ausstellungen/aktuell/das-rembrandt-experiment/

24 March – 24 June, Museum am Dom, Kiliansplatz 1, Würzburg: Cäsar W. Radetzky, Die blaue Krone. 10 – 17 U, http://www.museum-am-dom.de/veranstaltungen.htm

7 April – 19 August, Kunsthalle Bremen, Am Wall 207. Bremen: Tulips, Tobacco, Herring Fishing. Dutch Painting of the Golden Age. This exhibition features works from the Schünemann Collection, which was donated to the Kunsthalle Bremen in 2017. The Schünemann Collection includes still lifes, genre paintings, landscapes and marine paintings. Many works are distinguished by unusual art historical features, such as the only signed painting by Jeronimus Sweerts or the only still life created by Willem van Odekercken, who specialized in genre painting. In addition there are rare motifs, such as Tobacco Still Life by Hubert van Ravesteyn, which shows a packet of tobacco printed with a black man smoking as advertising. Extensive groups of landscape and marine paintings provide an overview of the great variety found in these types of subjects. The delicate ice skaters by Adam van Breen, created in 1611, is an early example of Dutch landscape art, similar to the 1622 work Village Landscape by Jan van Goyen. Winter landscapes, a moonlight painting by Aert van der Neer and dunes at the seacoast can be found alongside traditional Dutch river landscapes with cows and a windmill, painted in 1667 by Salomon van Ruysdael. We- Su, 10 – 17 h, Tu, 10 – 21 u. https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/view/exhibitions/exb-page/tulpen-tabak-heringsfang

9 April – 13 July, EKD-Institut für Kirchenbau und kirchliche Kunst der Gegenwart, Lahntor 3, Marburg: “Valle Oculto – Verborgenes Tal”. Ausstellung des Malers und Bildhauers Alexeir Diaz Bravo. Der aus Kuba stammende Künstler lebt und arbeitet in Marburg. Das Institut für Kirchenbau und kirchliche Kunst der Gegenwart zeigt mit  seine aktuellen Projekte und eine Werkschau mit Skulpturen, Assemblagen und Zeichnungen. Mo – Do 8.30 – 16 U, Fr, 8.30 – 13 U. http://kirchbauinstitut.de/ausstellung/

10 April – 3 June, Franz Hitze Haus, Kardinal-von-Galen-Ring 50, Münster: Out of Peace. Kooperationsausstellung mit der Kunstakademie Münster zum Katholikentag 2018. Unter dem Leitwort ´Suche Frieden´ (Psalm 34,15) wird im Mai 2018 der Katholikentag in Münster stattfinden. In einer Zusammenarbeit mit der Kunstakademie Münster zeigt die Akademie Franz Hitze Haus – begleitend zum Katholikentag – Werke von ausgewählten jungen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, die sich mit dem Motto auseinandergesetzt haben. Mo – Sa, 8 – 20 U, So, 8 – 13 U. https://www.franz-hitze-haus.de/info/18-007/

15 April – 5 June, Ulmer Münster Münsterplatz 21, Ulm: Die Entwürfe eines Wettbewerbs für das letzte noch durch die Kriegsschäden nur einfach verglaste Fenster im Ulmer Münster werden ausgestellt. Mit der Auswahl des Künstlers und des Entwurfes war ein Gremium unter dem Vorsitz des Marburger Kirchenbaufachmanns Thomas Erne beauftragt worden, das mit Mitgliedern des Münsterbauvereins, der Familie Eychmüller, der Münstergemeinde und mit externen Fachleuten besetzt war.  Sechs namhafte Glaskünstler haben sich auf vielseitige Weise mit dem Thema des „Friedensfensters“ auseinandergesetzt und den Umgang mit dem Raum und dem schon seit den 60er Jahren gewachsenen Bestand an künstlerischen Glasfenstern gesucht. Verwirklicht wird nach dem Entscheid einer Jury bis Pfingsten 2018 das Fenster von Thomas Kuzio. Wer sich ein Bild vom Stand der Glasmalerei heute machen möchte oder für eine Kirche ein Glasfensterprojekt anstrebt, sollte sich die Ausstellung ansehen. 9 – 19 U. http://www.ulmer-muenster.de/

15 April – 5 June, Ulmer Münster, Münsterplatz, Ulm: Und Friede auf Erden… Gegenwartskunst im historischen Raum. Die Entwürfe eines Wettbewerbs für das letzte noch durch die Kriegsschäden nur einfach verglaste Fenster im Ulmer Münster werden ausgestellt. Mit der Auswahl des Künstlers und des Entwurfes war ein Gremium unter dem Vorsitz des Marburger Kirchenbaufachmanns Thomas Erne beauftragt worden, das mit Mitgliedern des Münsterbauvereins, der Familie Eychmüller, der Münstergemeinde und mit externen Fachleuten besetzt war.  Sechs namhafte Glaskünstler haben sich auf vielseitige  Weise mit dem Thema des „Friedensfensters“ auseinandergesetzt und den Umgang mit dem Raum und dem schon seit den 60er Jahren gewachsenen Bestand an künstlerischen Glasfenstern gesucht. Verwirklicht wird nach dem Entscheid einer Jury bis Pfingsten 2018 das Fenster von Thomas Kuzio. Wer sich ein Bild vom Stand der Glasmalerei heute machen möchte oder für eine Kirche ein Glasfensterprojekt anstrebt, sollte sich die Ausstellung ansehen. 10 – 18 U. http://www.ulmer-muenster.de/veranstaltungen/

24 April – 22 Juli, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Friedensplatz 1, Darmstadt: Altarmalerei am Mittelrhein vom 13. bis 16. Jahrhundert. Die Ausstellung stellt 14 teilweise großformatige Altaraufsätze und Altartafeln des christlichen Spätmittelalters in den Mittelpunkt, die tief von der damaligen Religiosität geprägt sind. Dazu zählen unter anderem die um 1260 gefertigten Wormser Tafeln, die beiden Altaraufsätze aus Friedberg (1370-80 und um 1430), der Siefersheimer (um 1410) und der Ortenberger Altar (um 1420) sowie die Darmstädter Passionstafeln (um 1450/55), der Niedererlenbacher (1497), der Wolfskehler (1490/1500) und der Seligenstädter Altar (um 1505). Ihre Darstellungen spiegeln bis in die Materialien hinein die theologischen Vorstellungen der Zeit wider. Die Ausstellung veranschaulicht Ergebnisse aus fünf Jahren Forschung, in denen dieser Mittelrheinbestand erstmals systematisch sowohl kunsthistorisch als auch technologisch untersucht wurde. Di – Fr, 10 – 18 U (Mi 20 U), Sa, So, 11 – 17 U. http://www.hlmd.de/index.php?id=130&tx_eventbase_exhibition%5Bexhibition%5D=94&tx_eventbase_exhibition%5Bmode%5D=current&tx_eventbase_exhibition%5Baction%5D=show&tx_eventbase_exhibition%5Bcontroller%5D=Exhibition&cHash=49aa34fd255af8bbecc8642cd796d081

28 April – 31 May, Neustädter Marienkirche, Papenmarkt 10A, Bielefeld: Der Bilderzyklus »Les Corps Glorieux« von Johann P. Reuter Die Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen der „Bielefelder Nachtansichten“ statt. Die Steleninstallation Reuters ist bis Ende Mai in der Kirche aufgebaut. 
http://www.johann-p-reuter.de/?page_id=250

4 May – 10 June, Freilandmuseum, Spitalkirche, Rothenburger Str. 16, Bad Windsheim: Kunst unterm Kirchendach - Zu Ende gewebt. Die Ausstellung mit Arbeiten von 15 Mitgliedswerkstätten der Marienberger Vereinigung für Paramentik e. V. ermöglicht eine Auseinandersetzung mit der »letzten Reise«. Kunstvoll und individuell gefertigte Textilien können in der Zeit des Abschiednehmens als Medium für das Unsagbare dienen und bei der Trauer helfen. Sie tragen zu einem würdevollen Abschiedsritual bei.  Abschieds- und Aufbahrtücher, Raumbilder, Kokons, Urnenbehälter und Liturgische Gewänder führen in die textilkünstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Sterben und Tod ein und geben einen Einblick in alternative Zugänge zur Bestattungskultur. 10 – 18 U. http://freilandmuseum.de/jahresprogramm/detail.html?tx_calendarize_calendar%5Bindex%5D=10355&cHash=69722b417c98586a757d912ec0490d8b

7 May – 21 May, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, München: The Frescoes of the Saint George Church in Kurbinovo, Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia. The Makedonida Foundation are organising a photo exhibition presenting the extraordinary frescoes from the Saint George Church in Kurbinovo, Macedonia, whose original painting started in April 1191. http://www.uni-muenchen.de/ueber_die_lmu/kontakte_lmu/index.html

 

THE NETHERLANDS   

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: https://hermitage.nl/en/plan-your-visit/opening-times-admission/ https://hermitage.nl/en/exhibitions/dutch-masters-hermitage/

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. https://www.boijmans.nl/en/exhibitions/babel-old-masters-back-from-japan

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. http://www.museumgouda.nl/agenda/2017-06-30/pieter-pourbus-meester-schilder-uit-gouda/

23 February - 3 June, Museum Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38, Utrecht:  Magical Miniatures. Come and enter the wonderful world of medieval miniatures, a magical universe full of color, and teeming with imaginary beings, small animals, figures and flowers. The meticulously detailed floral scrolls, fair maidens, knights, monkeys, birds, mythical beasts, butterflies and rabbits give us a glimpse into the colorful life of the Middle Ages. The manuscripts on display were made in the southern Netherlands (roughly equivalent to modern-day Belgium) in the period spanning the tenth to the sixteenth centuries. In addition to biblical scenes and images of saints, medieval books contain depictions of daily life. They show peasants tilling the land and dukes out hunting, but also important historical events such as battles, and gatherings of the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Tu – Fr, 10 – 17 h, Sa, Su, 11 – 17 h.   http://www.catharijneconvent.nl

3 March - 2 September, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam: Rembrandt Observes People. Rembrandt was a keen observer. He wanted to know what moved people, to capture their dramas, large and small. In the spring and summer, the Rembrandt House Museum is staging a two-part exhibition with highlights from its collection of etchings. At its heart will be Rembrandt’s portrayal of people. Loving mothers with children playing, beggars and street musicians, old people with distinctive heads – in this exhibition you can look over Rembrandt’s shoulder. The Rembrandt House owns many of Rembrandt’s etchings of scenes from everyday life. They are striking in their directness and the loose, sketchy manner, and attest to Rembrandt’s remarkable powers of observation. As works on paper are fragile and cannot be exposed to the light for too long, this exhibition will be in two parts, each with a different selection of etchings. 10 – 18 h, except 27 April. http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/en

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ROMENIA

16 May – 3 June, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca, Piața Unirii 30, Cluj-Napoca: Sergio Gomez, Figurative Speech. The exhibition Figurative Speech is the result of 13 years of work patiently building and holding a consistent body of work around the cycles of life. In 2005, Gomez made the commitment to make this a life-long series documenting the experience of life as he ages and evolves and as he experiences life with those around him. Wed – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm. http://www.macluj.ro/sergio-gomez.html

 

RUSSIA

28 March - 22 July, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Volkhonka Street 12, Moscow: The age of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection. The Leiden Collection is among the largest collections of 17th-century Dutch paintings and represents the most significant privately-held collection of Rembrandt and Rembrandt School paintings in the world. The exhibition explores the artistic world of the Dutch Republic through a selection of 82 paintings and drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn and his contemporaries, many of which have never been on view in Russia. Focusing on the artistic center of Leiden and the broader circle of creativity that emerged around it, the exhibition sheds light on Rembrandt’s beginnings, his relationship to rivals and peers, and the artistic traditions that flourished in cities across Holland during the Dutch Golden Age. Seen together with the renowned collections existing in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the works featured in this exhibition reflect the deep interest in Dutch art that has endured in Russia for nearly four hundred years. Tu, We, Sa, Su: 11 – 20 h, Th, Fr, 11 – 21 h. http://www.arts-museum.ru

 

SCOTLAND

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:  https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/how-to-find-us-301/

6 May – 1 September, St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, 5 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh: Bill Viola: Three Women (2008). This is an outstanding video art installation by the internationally respected American artist Bill Viola. Transfiguration is generally defined as being ‘an exalting, glorifying, or spiritual change.’ In Viola’s work at St Cuthbert’s, a mother and her daughters enact a transfiguration when they choose to pass through the threshold of water and briefly enter an illuminated realm. Tu – Fr, 10 am – 3.30 pm, Sa, 10 am – 1 pm. http://www.st-cuthberts.net/info/viola2.pdf

2 June – 7 July, Doubtfire Ltd, 1-3 South East Circus Place, Edinburgh: Paul Martin: THEheaRTOfmAtTeR. Paul Martin, in his first exhibition at Doubtfire, explains the concept of the show: “We recognise the familiar, locate the unusual and are warned of delight and danger by signs. There are signs which trigger memory and knowledge, some which remind us of past experiences, there are signs which convey energy or excitement, there are signs of the sacred. There is also a heart in matter through which we identify and control our reaction and response to things and events. This body of work takes its origins from memories of landscape. Not specific, named places but the sensed, dreamed locations encased within the matter which constitute those places. The language of the paintings, the material substance, the cursive drawing, the colour within the medium are painterly signs of perceived experiences. They refer to the power of wind and rain, movement, flux and motion, the scratchy, pungency of undergrowth or the wetness of water in rivers and lochs and sea.” Mo – Fr, 10 am – 5 pm, Sa 12 am – 17 pm. http://www.doubtfiregallery.com/exhibition/THEheaRTOfmAtTeR 

 

SPAIN

10 April – 15 August, Museo Nacional del Prado, Paseo del Prado, Madrid: Rubens. Painter of Sketches. Within the history of European art Rubens was the most important artist for the creation of oil sketches. While only a dozen or so works of this type by earlier artists survive, around 450 are known by his hand. The Museo del Prado is presenting an exhibition that will draw attention to this aspect of Rubens’s output through 82 oil sketches in addition to approximately 20 paintings, drawings and other works that provide a context for them. The exhibition is jointly organised with the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam where it will also be shown. Mo – Sa, 10 – 20 h, Su, 10 – 19 h.  https://www.museodelprado.es/en

 

SWITZERLAND

25 March - 12 August, Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca, Piazza Sant'Antonio 1, Locarno: “Mario Botta. Spazio Sacro“. Der Tessiner Architekt Mario Botta ist mit seiner Ausstellung “Mario Botta. Spazio Sacro“ in der Städtischen Pinakothek Casa Rusca. Die Ausstellung findet in den Räumlichkeiten der Pinakothek und im eigens zu diesem Anlass im Hof errichteten beeindruckenden Pavillon statt. Zum allerersten Mal werden 22 Architekturen aus verschiedenen Ländern wie der Schweiz, Italien, Frankreich, Israel, Ukraine, Südkorea und China präsentiert. Dabei geht es um 18 Gebäude, 3 sich im Zuge der Realisierung befindliche Werke und eine Kapelle am Flughafen Malpensa. Alle Projekte sind anhand von Originalmodellen, Zeichnungen und überdimensionalen Abbildungen dokumentiert. Die Ausstellung dreht sich um eine dem Architekten Mario Botta ausgesprochen liebe Typologie, nämlich die sakrale Dimension, mit der er sich in vielen Jahren Arbeit mehrmals auseinandersetzen konnte und was wiederum zu folgender Aussage führte: „Durch die Kultgebäude habe ich den Eindruck, die tiefen Wurzeln der Architektur gefunden zu haben. Konzepte wie Schwerkraft, Schwelle und Licht als Raumbildner, das Spiel der Verhältnisse und der rhythmische Verlauf der Bauelemente helfen dem Architekten dabei, die in einer gewissen Weise heiligen, primären Grundlagen der Architektur neu zu entdecken.“ Die Fähigkeit des Schweizer Architekten liegt in der Tat darin, eine architektonische Sprache zu entwickeln, die auf dem Studium von Primärformen, reinen Volumen, elementarer Geometrie und natürlichen Materialien beruht. Eine für Botta wichtige Herausforderung ist es, sich durch endliche Elemente, einfache, leicht erkennbare Figuren, in denen sich alle erkennen können, mit dem Unendlichen zu messen. 10 – 12 U, 14 – 17 U. http://museocasarusca.ch/

 

CANADA

28 April - 3 September, Vancouver Art Gallery: Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman. This exhibition draws on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s extensive holdings of Emily Carr’s work to reflect her direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape which, for her, was a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. Like Carr, much of Mattie Gunterman’s oeuvre reflected her engagement with the wilderness around her, which she documented with images of friends, campsites, trappers, prospectors, miners and day-to-day pioneer life.   http://vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_carrgunterman.html

 

USA

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) http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/medieval-world-our-fingertips-manuscript-illuminations-collection-sandra-hindman

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).   https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/fra-angelico

15 March – 15 July, Still Point Gallery, 3755 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, GA: Seeing in the Darkness: Georges Rouault as Graphic Artist. Georges Rouault (1871-1958) occupies a unique place amongst twentieth century artists. A contemporary of Cubism, Expressionism, and Fauvism, he never aspired to belong to any one of these movements. Often categorized as a religious painter, he was, above all, independent. He did not find his inspiration in an abstract way, but rather in observing real life as much as the highest form of spirituality. Georges Rouault was a painter who did not need religious subjects in order for his work to be stamped with the characteristics of holiness. http://stillpointarts.org/current-exhibit/

25 March – 1 July, National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC: Cézanne Portraits. Cézanne Portraits is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The exhibition explores the unconventional aspects of his portraiture, the role his portraits play in the development of his radical style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. Rather than accepting commissions for portraits, Cézanne painted them as part of his ongoing experimentation as he searched for a pictorial language to capture his intense perceptions of the world. He rarely painted people he did not know; instead he portrayed himself, his family, his friends, art-world admirers, and working-class inhabitants of his native Aix-en-Provence with whom he felt an affinity. Mo – sa, 10 – 17 h, Su, 11 – 18 h. https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2018/cezanne-portraits.html

24 April – 29 June, Earl and Virginia Green Art Gallery, Biola University, 13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA: The Morality Theatre Project: A Theatre of Struggle. Barry Krammes is a found object aficionado who frequents flea markets, dumpsters and estate sales in search of just the right materials for his art. He carefully transforms and integrates these objects into finished pieces. During the past 17 years he has been using miniatures to create diorama-like sculptures reminiscent of theatre sets. These curious amalgamations mash-up consumer kitsch with fine antiques in an attempt to foster a vibrant aesthetic. Referencing medieval miracle, mystery and morality drama which is steeped in allegory, Krammes opens the doors to a "Theatre of Struggle" filled with wonders and nightmares. In this densely layered world of ambiguity and mystery, viewers must grapple with open-ended narratives that ask difficult questions. A palpable spirit of longing permeates Krammes' work as he invites participants to ponder the things that matter most.   http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2018/apr/25/morality-theatre-project-art-barry-krammes/

10 May – 8 October, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York and The Met Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters. 10 – 17.30 h, The Met 5th Ave on Fr, Sa until 21 h. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/heavenly-bodies

10 May – 1 September, The Gallery at St Christopher’s, Chatham, MA: Reflecting the Glory. Thirty of Sandra Bowden’s gilded altarpieces in Reflecting the Glory speak with quiet nuance and subtle affect to the mystery of the God too wondrous to be fully named and too mysterious to be completely known. Drawing inspiration from many of the most beloved altarpieces from our treasured past she has created multi-paneled groupings while using her own signature gold-leaf encaustic technique to interpret that form in a distinctly abstract way. A multi-panel installation is also featured in Reflecting the Glory. Forty encaustic gilded panels and forty black panels that are incised with text, become 40 Days/40 Nights. The black panels are inscribed with the text from John 1, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome the light.” Opening 10 May, 18 – 20 pm.   http://stchristopherschatham.org/gallery/  

 

TAIWAN

25 January 2018 – 25 February 2019, Chi-Mei Museum, No. 66, Section 2, Wenhua Road, Rende District, Tainan: The Beauties of Simplicity: Henk Helmantel. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “Chimei Arts Award” and manifest the charm of realist art, Henk Helmantel, a contemporary master of realism, is especially invited and the special exhibition is held. This exhibition demonstrates the essence of Helmantel's artistic creation over the past half a century and Chimei Museum cordially invites you to experience the “beauty” of ordinary life! Th – Tu, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm.   http://www.chimeimuseum.org/ml/English/3/42/128

 

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