The elitism, commodification and commercialisation in the current contemporary art world need challenging, and Christians should be prepared to do that. Adrienne Chaplin

Exhibitions 2017

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2 May – 5 November, Benediktinerstift Admont, Admont: Kunst des Mittelalters - neue Gotik-Ausstellung. Mittelalterliche Skulpturen, Tafelbilder und Glasmalereien aus der Sammlung Mayer. 10 – 17 U.

23 July – 6 November, Residenzgalerie, Salzburg: Allegorie – Die Sprache der Bilder.

8 September – 3 December, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna: Bruegel: Drawing the World. Pieter Bruegel the Elder is the 16th century’s most important Netherlandish draughtsman. His drawings, created during an era of political, social, and religious transformations, conjure up a complex pictorial world: Bruegel reflects upon social conditions in a way that is humorous, down-to-earth, perceptive, and deeply critical while zeroing in on the tragedy and greatness—as well as the ridiculousness and weakness—of human existence. With its selection of 100 works, the Albertina presents the entire spectrum of Bruegel’s drawn and printed oeuvre while also shedding light on his artistic origins via the juxtaposition of his output with high-quality works by important predecessors such as Bosch and Dürer. Included are around 20 of the Netherlandish artist’s most beautiful drawings from the museum’s own extensive holdings as well as from international collections. 10 – 18 h (We & Fr until 21 h).

21 September – 31 October, Landeskulturzentrum Ursulinenhof, Landstraße 31, Linz: Ein Gespräch zwischen Reformation, Kunst und Moderne. Anlässlich des Jubiläums 500 Jahre Reformation. Organisation: Die Evangelische Kirche A.B. in Oberösterreich, das OÖ Kulturquartier, sowie das Evangelische Bildungswerk OÖ. Mo – Fr, 9 – 18 U, Sa, 10 – 17 U.

23 September – 18 November, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Mariahilferpl. 3, 8020 Graz: SPIRO. SPERO. Hoffnung als Provokation. Mit Michael Endlicher (AT), Jochen Höller (AT), Michael Kos (AT), resanita (AT), Tom Schmelzer (DE).

25 September – 3 November, Galerie Artepari, Graz: Hannes Priesch: Chapel of Pain, Installation.



5 June 2009 – 31 December 2017, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp: Reunion, from Quinten Metsijs to Peter Paul Rubens. Masterworks from the Royal Museum reunited in the Cathedral. The curators of his exhibition provide insight into the guilds’ and brotherhoods’ patronage of the cathedral by means of the altarpieces on display. Visitors are thus able to re-discover the interwoven nature of society, religion, art and culture during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The exhibition also sheds light on the iconographical and social-economic developments over the centuries. Mo – fr, 10 – 17 h, sa, 10 – 15 h, su, 13 – 16 h.

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

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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8 September – 30 December, Skovgaard Museet, Domkirkestræde 2-4,  Viborg: Iconoclasm - from the Reformation till today. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the exhibition will focus on how and why certain images have been banned or destroyed because of religious, political or ethnic content. The exhibition is divided into three and will be shown in the three museums: Skovgaard Museum, Museum of Religious Art in Lemvig (Strandvejen 13), and the Women's Museum in Aarhus.



20 June – 26 November, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Down Ln, Compton, Guildford: G F Watts: England's Michelangelo. G F Watts (1817 - 1904) had a career spanning over 70 years, and he inspired many household names including Rossetti, Tennyson, Leighton, Picasso, Lucian Freud and Barack Obama. Celebrating 200 years since his birth, England's Michelangelo explores Watts as a painter, social activist and philanthropist. Tu – Su, 11 – 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).

1 September – 28 January 2018, National Gallery, Room 20, Trafalgar Square, London: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael around 1500. See the only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in the UK and explore its relationship to works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. An extraordinary loan from the Royal Academy; the ‘Taddei Tondo’ is displayed alongside choice works by all three artists from the National Gallery Collection. The special display offers a unique opportunity to study the artistic relationship between three great masters – respectful friends and acrimonious rivals – whose work was crucial to the development of the High Renaissance style. Opening hours:

11 September – 5 November, Salisbury Cathedral: Threads through Revelation, exhibition consisting of 14 huge panels.

27 September – 7 January 2018, The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London: El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum. Visiting hours:

29 September – 23 November, British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London: ‘The Candle is Lighted’, Martin Luther’s Legacy in Print. This display in the Department of Prints & Drawings at the British Museum explores a wide range of prints pertaining to the Reformation: doctrinal images of the new faith; contentious conflicts between Catholics and Reformers; satires condemning the corruption of the Catholic Church; and powerful portraits of political protagonists in sixteenth-century Europe. The final section examines the commemoration of the Reformation, and the celebration of the first centennial of Luther. Prints both elite and popular will be on view, to showcase the broad sweep of the Reformation across all strata of society. Complex, theological allegories are joined by biting satires, and brilliantly engraved portraits by Albrecht Dürer are shown alongside popular broadsides. Dazzling hand-coloured woodcuts and illustrated books furthermore attest to the flourishing of innovative print media in Luther’s time. Works across media, including medals, coins, and commemorative objects are drawn from across the museum, and attest to Luther’s enduring cultural legacy. 10 – 17.30 h. (Fr until 20.30 h).

30 September – 27 October, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London: Stations of Water. As part of the International Just Water Campaign a group of ten Alumni from Chelsea College of Art, London U.K working closely with the Cathedral's Schools and Family Learning Department and St Paul’s Institute will stage a project inspired by the theme of water. The nine artists and one curator come from the U.K, Mexico, U.S, Spain, Russia and New Zealand. Stations of Water will take place during October 2017 and will be modelled on the liturgy of the Stations of the Cross. A guide will direct visitors to nine stations, which will all be inspired by water and themes such as religious rituals, access to clean drinking water, pollution, conservation, the privatisation of water, drought and global warming. Each Station will be an installation of either a, painting, sculpture, video, sound or light installation. Alongside this the artists will work with the Schools and Family Learning Department running art and education projects with visiting primary, secondary and further education groups.

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. 

3 October – 3 November, St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London: Creations exhibition. British artist Alexander de Cadenet presents for the first time at St. Stephen Walbrook a series of bronze and silver sculptures featuring ‘consumables’ that contain deeper spiritual messages. Weekdays, 10 – 16 h,

19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford: Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions. In the first millennium AD, visual identity was arguably more important than the written word, so it was artists who were responsible for the spread of faiths. Visitors may be surprised to find that Christ was once a clean-shaven youth, and Buddha was originally represented by footprints and hands; he only later turned into a serene and curvaceous figure. Iconography does not spring fully formed from the visions of saints and church officials. Artists have had to feel their way through encounters with different traditions and schools of thought. The exhibition will showcase their work across world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and the more recently emergent faiths, Christianity and Islam. Opening hours:

21 October – 7 January 2018, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich: Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness. Opening hours:

21 October – 15 January 2018, Church of St. John the Baptist, Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne: Ritournelle, the result of Katia Kameli's artist-residency at the church. It is programmed in collaboration with Platforma arts and refugee network. In response to an invitation to consider themes of residency, migration and belonging within the context of this medieval church, Kameli has produced new site-specific art work. Working with the plain glass windows of St John’s, Kameli’s intervention will deploy coloured film within the small diamond panes, in patterns that recall design and architecture motifs native to some of the primary countries from which refugees and migrants relocate to Newcastle. For her sound work, Kameli invited migrants and refugees from the city, as well as members of the church choir, to sing a song which reminds them of home.  Opening hours are: Mo – Th, 9 – 15.30 h, Fr, Sa, 9 – 13 h. A launch event for the festival as well as a preview of Kameli’s work will take place on Saturday 21 October, 14 – 16 h. Please rsvp

27 October – 21 January 2018, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham: Pride and Persecution: Jan Steen’s Old Testament Scenes. Jan Steen is one of the most engaging and brilliant artists of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. This innovative exhibition puts into context the Barber’s own Steen masterpiece, The Wrath of Ahasuerus, and features important paintings, drawings and prints lent by collections in the UK, Europe and the US. It explores the emerging Dutch nation’s links and associations with the Biblical Israelites, the connections of these paintings with contemporary Dutch theatre, and the Barber painting’s fascinating history.

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



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:

11 September – 7 January 2018, Domaine de Chantilly, Chantilly: Poussin, Picasso, Bacon, Le massacre des Innocents.  A l’occasion de la restauration du tableau « Le massacre des Innocents », chef-d’œuvre de la période romaine de Nicolas Poussin (1594 – 1665), le domaine de Chantilly organise une grande exposition dont il est la pièce maîtresse. Le commissariat, assuré entre autres par Pierre Rosenberg, éminent spécialiste de Poussin, a fait le pari de confronter le tableau à son entourage contemporain ainsi qu’à sa postérité ; Chantilly convoque ainsi pour la première fois des grands noms de l’art moderne et contemporain : de Pablo Picasso à Ernest Pignon Ernest, en passant par Francis Bacon, Annette Messager, Pierre Buraglio… Ouverture:

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:

26 September – 14 January 2018, l'Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris : "Chrétiens d'Orient : 2000 ans d'Histoire". Une exposition d’importance majeure vient de s’ouvrir, fruit d’une fructueuse collaboration entre l’IMA et l’ŒUVRE D’ORIENT. Cette remarquable manifestation sous tous ses aspects nous recentre vers une juste connaissance de ces peuples sur lesquels nous développons souvent des conceptions erronées. Horaires :



1 April – 10 November, Stadtkirche, Kirchplatz 10, Schorndorf:  x| SKULPTUREN 17. Ein Kunstprotekt zu 500 Jahren Reformation. Da ist Freiheit! Oder: Außer Thesen nichts gewesen? Kirche fragt Kunst.  Das Bedürfnis, das Kirchengebäude im Sinne eines gesellschaftsstärkenden Ortes zu öffnen und dafür die äußeren Mauern sinnbildlich als Vermittler zwischen säkularer und kirchlicher Gemeinde zu nutzen, ist ein wichtiger Aspekt des Projektes. Teilnehmende Künstler: Angela M. Flaig | Josefh Delleg | Britta Ischka | Bernd Hennig |? Alfons Koller | Hardy Langer | Sibylle Ritter | Thomas Weber | Gerda Bier | Rainer Eck | Matthias Stuchtey | Andreas Schmidt | Thomas Putze.

3 April – 31 October, Ruhr Museum, Fritz-Schupp-Allee 15, Essen: Der geteilte Himmel. Reformation und religiöse Vielfalt an Rhein und Ruhr. An exhibition to commemorate the Reformation year. More than 800 pieces have been brought together, including early-modern oil paintings but also objects from the muslim community.

12 April – 5 November, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchner Straße 7, Berlin: The Luther Effect - Protestantism – 500 Years in the World. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Deutsches Historisches Museum is inviting you on a journey leading through five centuries and four continents. The first exhibition, “The Luther Effect”, shows the diversity and historical impact of Protestantism, but also its potential for giving rise to conflicts in the world. What traces of Protestantism can be found in other denominations and religions? How has Protestantism itself changed as a result of these encounters, and not least: How have people made Protestant teachings their own – how have they shaped and lived them? We – Mo, 10 – 19 h.

10 May – 13 October, Evangelisches Zentrum, Berlin, Georgenkirchstraße 69, Berlin, Haus 2, 4. Etage: Heilige Reden - Klaus Zolondowski. Mo – Fr, 9 – 17 U.

14 May – 5 November, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Kirchstraße 22, Emden und Ostfriesischen Landesmuseum Emden: Reformation und Flucht - Emden und die Glaubensflüchtlinge im 16. Jahrhundert. Die Reformation in Ostfriesland sollte sich dabei von Anfang an als sehr pluriform erweisen. Grund dafür waren nicht zuletzt die vielen Glaubensflüchtlinge, die in der Stadt am Dollart eine Zuflucht fanden. Sie brachten aber nicht nur eigene Ansichten über eine Reform der Kirche mit, sondern auch Kapital und Know-how im Welthandel, so dass Emden sich im Laufe des 16. Jahrhunderts zu einer prosperierenden Metropole in Nordwesteuropa entwickelte. Di – sa, 14 – 17 U.

20 May – 21 October, Kirche, Landow, Rügen: Installation »Reise – innen / außen – zeitlos» von Norbert Nolte, Nürnberg. 9 – 19 U.

21 May – 31 October, Museum Zeughaus C5, Museum Weltkulturen D5, Mannheim: The Popes and the Unity of the Latin World. The special exhibition will examine the evolution of the papacy until the early 16th century. The most important phases of its history will be presented by exploring the impact of eminent popes. Together with the University of Heidelberg and the Vatican, the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim will be a comprehensive presentation of the history of the papacy for the first time ever with this exhibition. Exceptional objects loaned from the Vatican and other museums will show the fascinating development of the papacy from its beginnings to the Renaissance. The exhibition will be shown at the Vatican in the winter of 2017.

23 May – 5 November, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Regierungsstr. 4-6, Magdeburg: "Seht, da ist Der Mensch". Di – Fr, 10 – 17 U, Sa, So, 10 – 18 U.

2 July – 29 October, Museum Kloster Schussenried, Schussenried: Schweben Fliegen Fallen, Der Menschheitstraum in Visionen der Kunst. Die Ausstellung zeigt in pointierter Dramaturgie spannende Rauminstallationen, eindrucksvolle Skulpturen, Malerei, Videoarbeiten und Zeichnungen von 36 KünstlererInnen aus Deutschland, Österreich, Italien und Argentinien. Auf über 1000 Quadratmetern entfaltet sich der Kosmos der Schwerelosigkeit. Di – Fr, 10 – 13 U und 14 – 17 U, Sa, So, 10 – 17 U.

2 July – 1 November, Kloster Bursfelde, Klosterhof 5, Hann. Münden OT Bursfelde: Lise Huber, Totentanz,

5 July – 31 October, Domschatz- und Diözesanmuseum Eichstätt, Residenzplatz 7, Eichstätt: Rudolf Koller, Lebenszyklen im Dialog mit Kunstwerken des Domschatz- und Diözesanmuseums Eichstätt. Mi – Fr, 10.30 – 17 U, Sa, So, 10 – 17 U.

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.

16 July – 31 October, St. Marienkirche, Marienkirchstraße 4, Prenzlau: Markus Zimmermann, Superfiliale.

30 July – 31 October, Wunderblutkirche St. Nikolai, Große Strasse 25, Bad Wilsnack: Julia Krahn Figura,

30 July – 5 November, Herzogliches Museum Gotha, Schloss Friedenstein, Schlossplatz 1, Gotha: Der Gothaer Tafelaltar - Ein monumentales Bilderbuch der Reformationszeit. 160 Tafeln, die von unzähligen fein gearbeiteten Figuren bevölkert werden, und dekorative Kartuschen mit Bibeltexten in deutscher Sprache: Der „Gothaer Tafelaltar“ ist eine riesige Bilderbibel. Geschaffen von Heinrich Füllmaurer (um 1497–1548) und seinem Umkreis um 1538, wurde der „Gothaer Tafelaltar“ nach seinem heutigen Standort benannt. Neben Fragen zur Entstehung, der Künstlerwerkstatt und dem umfangreichen Bildprogramm werden dabei auch zeitgleich entstandene Objekte, wie der Altar des Meisters von Meßkirch, in den Blick genommen, die noch ganz im Sinne der römisch-katholischen Kirche gefertigt wurden.

12 August - 27 October, Schloss Achberg, Achberg 2, Achberg: Kraftquellen, Patenschaften zwischen historischer Sakralkunst und zeitgenössischen Positionen. Öffnungszeiten:

25 August – 26 November: Gartenkirche St. Marien, Marienstrasse 35, Hannover: Und das Wort ward Bild, exhibition of Nicola Saric and Todor Mitrović. Di – sa, 11 – 16 U.

26 August – 3 December, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Kirchstraße 22, Emden: Trans(Re)Formation - Klöster und Kirchen als Orte der Erneuerung? Ein Ausstellungsprojekt und ein Weg zu historischen Kirchenräumen in der Ems-Dollart Region. Entlaufende Nonnen, rebellische Mönche, Klostergut, das an das Volk oder seine Herrscher verteilt wird. Das Kloster als Hort der Unterdrückung und Rückständigkeit - so oder ähnlich sieht das Bild aus. "Trans(Re)Formation" nimmt diese Betrachtungsweise auf. Es stehen somit nicht der Bruch, die Polemik und der Kampf gegen das Kloster im Vordergrund, sondern sein reformatorisches Potential. Drei Ausstellungen im Museum Klooster ter Apel, in der Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden und in der Klosterstätte Ihlow beschäftigen sich mit den Entwicklungen und der Bedeutung der Klöster in der Reformationszeit. Dazu kommen Erkundungstouren zu ausgewählten Kirchen in Groningen und Ostfriesland.

31 August – 19 November, Clemens Sels Museum, Am Obertor, Neuss: Christus – damals und heute. Darstellungen aus fünf Jahrhunderten. Den Abschluss der Ausstellungsserie zum Reformationsjahr im Grafischen Kabinett bildet die Zusammenschau von Christusdarstellungen aus fünf Jahrhunderten. Eine Bilderreisevom 16. bis 20. Jahrhundert.

1 September – 28 January 2018, Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg, Otto-von-Guericke Straße 68 -73, Magdeburg: Gegen Kaiser und Papst: Magdeburg und die Reformation. In der Ausstellung wird der existenzielle Streit um das wahre christliche Bekenntnis veranschaulicht mit originalen Zeitzeugnissen, Flugschriften und Einblattdrucken, Holzschnitten und Kupferstichen. Außerdem werden Gemälde, Kunstwerke oder Alltagsgegenstände den Blick weiten auf die ganze Lebenswelt der Städtereformation im 16. Jahrhundert. Öffnungszeiten:

9 September – 11 November, DG-Galerie, Finckenstrasse 4, München und St. Paul, St. Paul’s Platz, München: EMPFANGSHALLE ‚Wäsche.’ Partizipation von Dritten ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil des künstlerischen Schaffens von Corbinian Böhm (*1966) und Michael Gruber (*1965), die seit 2007 unter dem Namen EMPFANGSHALLE zusammenarbeiten. Neben klassischen Skulpturen entstehen performative und ephemere Arbeiten, deren Verlauf das Unvorhersehbare durch die Interaktion der Menschen widerspiegeln. Bei „Wäsche“ werden Kleidungsstücke rund um die Kirche St. Paul gesammelt und zusammen in einer in der Galerie der DG aufgestellten Industriewaschmaschine gereinigt und als Rauminstallation zum Trocknen auf eine Wäscheleine gehängt. So entsteht ein Wäschebild der Gesellschaft des Bahnhofsviertels in einer der teuersten Lagen Münchens, am Odeonsplatz. Dazu wird das Bild einer Waschmaschinentrommel auf das gotische Rosetten-Fenster über dem Eingangsportal der Kirche projiziert. Ergänzend ist die Fotoserie „Betende Hände“ in den Ausstellungsräumen der DG zu sehen, die das Motiv der  ‚Betenden Hände’ nach Dürer in eine zwischenmenschliche Ebene übersetzt. Und die Videoarbeit „Gläubiger und Schuldner“. Corbinian Böhm und Michael Gruber sind Preisträger des diesjährigen Kunstpreises der DG, der alle drei Jahre in den Bereichen bildende Kunst, angewandte Kunst und Baukunst vergeben wird.

10 September – 31 October, Dom, Brandenburg an der Havel: Ingo Mittelstaedt, Korridor. Ausstellung des Projektes "Expeditionen - Künstlerische Erkundungen im Reformationsland Brandenburg".

15 September – 7 January 2018, Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin: Jean Fouquet. Das Diptychon von Melun. Jean Fouquets Diptychon aus der Stiftskirche von Melun ist eines der Hauptwerke der französischen Malerei und der Kunst des 15. Jahrhunderts überhaupt. Sein linker Flügel mit dem Bildnis des Stifters Étienne Chevalier und dem hl. Stephanus befindet sich seit 1896 im Besitz der Gemäldegalerie, während der rechte, die Madonna darstellende Flügel seit dem frühen 19. Jahrhundert dem Museum für Schöne Künste in Antwerpen gehört. Hinzu kommt das im Louvre aufbewahrte Emailmedaillon mit dem Selbstbildnis des Künstlers, das einst den Rahmen des Diptychons schmückte. Die Ausstellung wird diese Fragmente nun erstmals seit 80 Jahren wieder zusammenführen und damit für kurze Zeit die verlorene Einheit eines großen Kunstwerks wiederherstellen.

23 September – 12 November, Johanniskirche, Neuer Markt 1, Herford: Solus Christus: Das Kreuz heute. Eine Ausstellung mit Arbeiten von Helmut Ammann, Wolfgang Baumann, Marc Chagall, Boris Doempke, Otto Dix, Josef Ebnöther, A,ndreas Felger, HAP Grieshaber, Jörgen Habedank, Johann Christian Joost, Matthias Klemm, Bruno Krenz, Erich Krian, Karl-Ludwig Lange, Jean Leppien, Udo Mathee, Ulrich Möckel, Axel Vater und anderen. 10 – 18 U.

29 September – 19 November, Museum Nikolaikirche, Berlin: Chiharu Shiota, Lost Words.

8 October – 26 November, Lutherkirche München-Giesing, Martin-Luther-Str. 4, München: Stationen des Lebens - Eine Ausstellung mit Skulpturen von Andreas Kuhnlein. Kuhnlein schafft expressive Skulpturen mit der Kettensäge aus vom Sturm gefällten Baumstämmen. Seine Werke waren schon in vielen Ausstellungen zu sehen, so auch im vergangenen Jahr unter dem Titel „Zerklüftete Antike“ in der Glyptothek in München und in diesem Jahr unter dem Titel „MenschSein“ in der Städtischen Galerie Rosenheim. „Woher kommen wir? Wer sind wir? Wohin gehen wir?“ ist der Titel eines Bildes von Paul Gauguin. Die Skulpturen zu den Stationen des Lebens von Andreas Kuhnlein in der Lutherkirche konfrontieren den Betrachter mit genau diesen Fragen. Der Kunstausschusses der Lutherkirche organisiert 2 mal im Jahr Kunstausstellungen im Kirchenraum.

13 October – 7 January 2018, Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6, Leipzig: Der Geist aus den Klöstern. Sachsens religiös-intellektuelle Zentren im Mittelalter. Anlass genug für die Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig zum Reformationsjubiläum die untergegangenen Geisteswelten der sächsischen Klöster anhand ihrer Bibliotheken in Szene zu setzen. Präsentiert werden herausragende Handschriften des 11. bis 15. Jahrhunderts aus den intellektuellen “Hotspots” Sachsens im Mittelalter. Öffnungszeiten:

22 October – 21 January 2018, Ikonen-Museum, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Große-Perdekamp-Straße 25–27, Recklinghausen: Farben des Himmels. Kretische Ikonen aus Privatbesitz.

24 September - 5 November, Galerie im Altbau, Aldingen: Andreas Felger: Texturen, Aquarelle – Ölgemälde – Skulpturen.

1 October – 11 November, Kath. Kirchen Dreifaltigkeit, St. Mauritius, St. Elisabeth, Mariä Heimsuchung und St. Josef, Wiesbaden: Positionierung zur Transzendenz, "Hier stehe ich ..." - Standpunkte die bewegen.



27 April – 5 November, Hungarian National Museum, Múzeum krt. 14-16, Budapest: Grammar and Grace. 500 Years of Reformation. Grammar and Grace is an exhibition of the Hungarian National Museum offering the visitor to take a look at the ever-changing, complex relations of the Hungarian Reformation, to discover unequalled treasures and to be informed with the help of detailed explanations. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h.



23 February – 31 December, Biblioteca Casanatense, via S. Ignazio, 52, Roma: Lutero. La Riforma: dalle 95 tesi al Concilio di Trento. In occasione del cinquecentesimo anniversario dell'anno in cui, secondo la tradizione, furono affisse le 95 tesi di Lutero sul portone della chiesa del castello di Wittenberg. Rare e preziose edizioni luterane e di altri riformatori, materiali iconografici, indici dei libri proibiti e decreti del Concilio di Trento conservati nei fondi casanatensi saranno esposti nel Salone Monumentale fino al 31 dicembre 2017. Lun. – ven. 11.30-13.00, giov. 11.30-13.00 e 16.30-18.00.



1 July – 29 October, Zeeuws Museum, Abdij 3-4, Middelburg: Johannes Goedaert. Uyt eygen ervarentheyd. (Out of my own experience 19) The exhibition about the life’s work of Johannes Goedaert (1617-1668). Born 400 years ago in Zeeland, Goedaert was not only a skilled painter but also an entomologist avant la lettre.

11 July – 14 January 2018, Mauritshuis, Plein 29, The Hague: Two portrayals of the proverb ‘As the old sing, so pipe the young’ will grace the walls of the Mauritshuis starting in July. Jan Steen’s large picture from the collection of the Mauritshuis will be joined by a painting by Jacob Jordaens, on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. This will be a wonderful opportunity to compare these two humorous paintings and discern how two different artists tackled the same subject. Mo, 13 – 18 h, di – zo, 10 – 18 h (th until 20 h).

6 October - 7 January 2018, Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam: Johan Maelwael. This autumn the Rijksmuseum will honour one of the founders of Dutch painting: Johan Maelwael (Jean Malouel). In the late 14th century this native of the city of Nijmegen was active as a versatile, pioneering and productive artist in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Having begun as a heraldic painter at the court of the Dukes of Guelders, he then worked for nearly twenty years in France in the service of Queen Isabelle of Bavaria and as a court painter and valet de chambre to the Burgundian dukes Philip the Bold and his successor, John the Fearless. Around 1400 Maelwael introduced his three talented nephews as miniature painters in France: the legendary Limbourg brothers Herman, Johan and Paul. For the first time, Maelwael’s paintings will be exhibited alongside medieval art treasures, manuscripts, precious metalwork and sculpture. Maelwael’s paintings will be juxtaposed not only with the sculpture of his contemporaries Claus Sluter and Claes van Werve, but also with the richly decorated illuminated manuscripts of the Limbourg brothers. 9 – 17 h,

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:

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12 May – 14 November, Mathematical Tower of the Univerity's main building, Szewska 36, 50-139, Wroclaw: Exhibition "Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum". Museum of the University of Wroclaw and our research project team are happy to announce a photography exibition "Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum", displaying the diversity of protestant church architecture in several countries of Europe. The event is a part of the celebration of the Reformation Anniversary at the University of Wroclaw.



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:



30 June – 9 November, Guggenheim Bilbao, Avenida Abandoibarra 2 , Bilbao: Bill Viola, A Retrospective. Pioneer in using video and exploring the moving image, Bill Viola is one of the most outstanding contemporary artists. The North American creator figuratively and literally investigates the cycles of life, death and rebirth, taking recourse to primary elements, such as fire and water. He frequently includes studied changes of scale and time in his works, with the intention of prompting in the spectator profound and often unexpected responses. His pieces, always linked to the history of art, address subjects and concepts of deep significance, such as perception and spirituality. Tu – su, 10 – 20 h.



9 September – 14 January, Moderna Museet, Exercisplan 4, Stockholm: Louise Nevelson. “I make collages. I join the shattered world creating a new harmony.” – Louise Nevelson (1899–1988, Ukraine/USA). Famous primarily for her monumental, terse black or white wood reliefs, Nevelson explored the many possibilities of collage throughout her long artistic career. At first abstract and symmetrical, these works gradually grew smaller and more emotional and intuitive. Opening hours:



1 March – 6 November, Lausanne Cathedral, Place de la Cathédrale, Lausanne: Exposition Les scènes bibliques du portail de la Cathédrale de Lausanne. Imaginé par l’évêque Aymon de Montfalcon, le portail occidental a été entièrement rénové par l’artiste Raphaël Lugeon de 1892 à 1909. Nettoyé et rendu au public en 2017 à l’occasion des 500 ans de la Réforme, il offre, entre autres, 28 scènes bibliques magnifiques. Daily, 9 – 19 h.  

9 April – 1 November, Museum Bruder Klaus, Dorfstrasse 4, Sachseln: Radbilder und Räderwerke. Die Sonderausstellung geht vom Rad-Betrachtungs- oder Meditationsbild von Niklaus von Flüe aus. Das Zentrum des Bildes zeigt ein Rad mit sechs Speichen, drei davon zeigen zur Nabe, drei weisen über den Reif hinaus. Die Aus¬stel¬lung will nicht diese Ikone zitieren oder abwandeln. Zur Ausstellung sind achtzehn Künstlerinnen und Künstler eingeladen, die sich in ihrem Schaffen mit dem Thema Rad und Räderwerke befassen. Nicht Illustrationen sind gefragt, sondern eigenständige künstlerische Ausei¬nan¬der¬setzungen. Mit Werken von Vincenzo Baviera, Gianfredo Camesi, Monika Dillier, Heinrich Eichmann, Vincent Fournier, Lissy Funk, Roland Heini, Jan Hostettler, Christian Kathriner, Claudia Kübler, René Küng, Beatrice Maritz, Jean Mauboulès, Roman Signer, Stefan Steiner, Sandra Ulloni, Gillian White, Andrea Wolfensberger. Di – Sa, 10 – 12 und 13.30 – 17 U, So, 11 – 17 U.

28 April – 29 October, Maison Tavel, Rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Genève: Faire le mur? Le Monument international de la Réformation a 100 ans! Souhaitant rappeler par un monument ce qu’elle doit à la Réforme, Genève lance en 1908 un concours international. Parmi les nombreux projets, celui des architectes Laverrière, Monod, Taillens et Dubois fait l’unanimité. Sa sculpture, proposée originellement par Reymond, est finalement confiée à Bouchard et Landowski et compose une étonnante page d’histoire du calvinisme. Plus de 125 pièces rassemblées à la Maison Tavel retracent dans cette exposition la genèse et la construction du monument international de la Réformation, plus communément appelé «Mur des Réformateurs». Projets refusés, sculptures recommencées, images détournées, mais aussi plans et vues artistiques ou techniques rendent compte de l’histoire d’une œuvre dont la notoriété n’est plus à démontrer depuis son achèvement en 1917. Lu – di, 11 – 18 h.

4 June – 22 November, Diverse Kirchen Kanton Luzern: Du sendest deinen Atem aus und erneuerst das Angesicht der Erde (Ps 104,3). Tausend weisse, leicht durchsichtig schimmernde mit Atemluft gefüllte Bälle wandern von Pfingsten bis zum Reformationssonntag 2017 als «Wolke» durch die verschiedenen Kirchgemeinden im Kanton Luzern. Eine Produktion von Micha Aregger, in Zusammenarbeit mit Pfr. Marcel Köppli und Pfr. Thomas Widmer.

16 June – 19 November, 9 – 19 h, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Rue du Forum 59, Martigny : Cézanne, Le Chant de la Terre.

16 September – 21 January 2018, Kunstmuseum Basel, St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel: Chagall: The Breakthrough Years, 1911 – 1919. Kunstmuseum Basel explores the early work of Marc Chagall. His creative breakthrough came at a time when his life was torn between contrasting experiences.  Chagall lived in Paris from 1911 until 1914, creating paintings that combined his recollections of Russian provincial life with iconic fragments of the metropolis around him. Reminiscences of Russian folk art make an appearance in his works from the period, as do the most recent stylistic experiments he was exposed to through his life in the center of the artistic avant-garde and his acquaintance with many of the most progressive artists, including Picasso, Robert and Sonja Delaunay, and Jacques Lipchitz. Opening hours:;



13 May – 3 December, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver: Emily Carr: Into the Forest. Emily Carr, born in Victoria, BC, is one of Canada’s most renowned modern artists. Significant as a landscape painter, this selection of artworks, drawn primarily from the Gallery's collection, includes some of her greatest canvases and oils on paper. These works demonstrate Carr’s profound regard for British Columbia’s natural environment and her remarkable ability to depict the vitality of our dense coastal forests. 10 – 17, tu until 21 h.



24 June – 26 November, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, ME: The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe. This exhibition represents a significant contribution to our understanding of the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. The appeal of the “memento mori,” featuring macabre imagery urging us to “remember death,” reached the apex of its popularity around 1500, when artists treated the theme in innovative and compelling ways. Exquisite artworks—from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry—evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now. Tu – sa, 10 – 17 h (th until 20.30 h), su, 12 – 17 h.

24 August 2017 – 14 January 2018, Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina: The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence. The first exhibition in the United States devoted to the luminous and meticulously rendered paintings of Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616–1687).  An opening celebration will be held on the 31st of August:  “The Patience to See: The Sights and Sounds of Carlo Dolci” will feature lectures by Dr. Ben Quash and Dr. Chloe Reddaway, the premiere of “Blue Madonna,” an original composition by Dr. Jeremy Begbie, and music from this period. Tu – Sa, 10 – 17 h (Th until 21 h), Su, 12 – 17 h.

16 September – 15 January 2018, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side, New York: Rodin at the Met. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate its historic collection of the artist's work. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, will be displayed in the newly installed and refurbished. Opening times:

8 October – 7 January 2018, National Gallery of Art, Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC: Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Some 100 of the finest drawings by Netherlandish artists born before 1585 are brought together in this exhibition from the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Featured are nearly every form of drawing made by draftsmen throughout the period, from figure studies to stained glass window designs, nature studies, biblical subjects, and genre scenes. The exhibition also gathers works in a variety of media including metalpoint, pen and ink, brush and wash, chalk, charcoal, and watercolor. Highlights include 15th-century studies from the circle of Rogier van der Weyden, two sheets by Hieronymus Bosch, six drawings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and a selection of works by Abraham Bloemaert. Hours:


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