The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation. T.S. Eliot

Exhibitions 2017

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29 September – 14 January, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1 Linz: Sterne. Kosmische Kunst von 1900 bis heute. Die unendlichen Weiten des Nachthimmels vor Augen, die schimmernden Sterne zum Greifen nah! Es gibt sie nicht mehr, die dunkle Nacht, das elektrische Licht hat sie erobert. Gebäude, Plätze und Straßenzüge sind nachts hell erleuchtet. Die Lichter der Großstädte haben den Sternenhimmel verdrängt, nur mehr ansatzweise lässt er sich wahrnehmen. Lichtsmog entzieht inzwischen einem Drittel der Weltbevölkerung den Anblick der Milchstraße, von Sternschnuppen und leuchtenden Kometen. Öffnungszeiten:

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:

17 October – 21 January 2018, Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), Burgring 5, Vienna: Peter Paul Rubens: The Power of Transformation. The main focus of the exhibition is on the master’s creativity: Rubens had an uncanny ability to utilise, to be inspired by the works of other artists. He continued this dialogue with the paintings of precursors and contemporaries throughout his life, and it impacted his work throughout a career that spanned five decades. The artist continually changed and altered his own compositions, and often these recourses make his work appear modern and dynamic. However, these relationships and connections are not recognizable at first glance: the exhibition therefore invites the visitor to comprehend and experience Rubens’ surprising perspectives by himself. This is why the show features not only works by Rubens but also classical and Renaissance sculptures as well as paintings by great masters such as Titian or Caravaggio, works that helped Rubens to develop his idiosyncratic and radically novel pictorial formulas. Hours:

10 November – 14 Januari 2018, Diözesanmuseum Graz, Bürgergasse 2, Graz: "Aufgeputzt und reich behangen", Christbaumschmuck und Weihnachtskrippen. Christbaumschmuck aus der Sammlung Ulrike Eberhart. Unter dem Titel "Aufgeputzt und reich behangen" zeigt die Weihnachtsausstellung 2017 Weihnachtskrippen, historischen Christbaumschmuck und andere weihnachtliche Kostbarkeiten. Der Christbaumschmuck stammt aus der Sammlung Ulrike Eberhart und ist neben einer Auswahl herausragender Krippen aus dem Diözesanmuseum zu sehen. Die Ausstellung beleuchtet die Geschichte des Christbaumes und vermittelt über den Baumschmuck Brauchtum mit unterschiedlichsten Ausprägungen in verschiedenen Ländern und zu verschiedenen Zeiten. Dekoration vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die 1980er wurde in der Sammlung Eberhart in über 20 Jahren zusammengetragen und wird hier der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Es wird gezeigt wie Krieg den Schmuck beeinflusst hat, wie sich wirtschaftliche Belange ausgewirkt haben und viel mehr. Historische Weihnachtskrippen, unter anderem aus Barock und Biedermeierzeit und in vielfältigen Formen, stimmen auf Weihnachten ein und abgerundet wird dies auch durch modernere Stücke. Zu sehen ist sogar die wahrscheinlich größte Weihnachtskrippe in Graz. Öffnungszeiten:



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.

1 October - 30 December, Museum for Religious Art, Strandvejen 13, Lemvig: Billedstorm - Fremmedhed fra Reformationen til i dag. Billeder kan provokere, billeder kan udfordre tabuer, billeder kan censureres – og billeder kan blive ødelagt. Ødelæggelsen af billeder kaldes billedstorm. Det er betegnelsen for det fænomen, som fandt sted under reformationen, hvor mange katolske kirker i Nord- og Mellemeuropa blev renset for religiøse billeder og skulpturer i overgangen til protestantismen. I anledning af 500-året for reformationen i 1517 og Europæisk Kulturhovedstad Aarhus 2017 har tre midtjyske museer skabt en tredelt udstilling om billedstorm dengang og nu. De tre museer er: MUSEET FOR RELIGIØS KUNST i Lemvig, SKOVGAARD MUSEET i Viborg og KVINDEMUSEET i Aarhus.  

9 November - 30 December, Museum for Religious Art, Strandvejen 13, Lemvig: Bodil Kaalund 1930 – 2016.

24 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:



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:

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:

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. 

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.

30 October – 18 February 2018, National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing, Trafalgar Square, London: Monochrome: Painting in Black and White. With more than 50 works painted on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas, ‘Monochrome’ explores the tradition of painting in black and white over 700 years, from its beginnings in sacred works of the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century. Paintings by old masters such as van Eyck, Dürer, Rembrandt, and Ingres appear alongside works by contemporary artists including Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, and Bridget Riley. ‘Monochrome’ is a radical new look at what happens when artists cast aside the colour spectrum and focus on black, white, and everything in between. Hours:

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

10 February - 10 May 2018, Southwell Minster, Church Street, Southwell: Crossings: Art and Christianity Now. 40 contemporary artists explore the Crucifixion Now and Resurrection Now in this major two-part exhibition. Supporting events include music, lectures, workshops, quiet days and a conference. 



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 :

6 October – 14 January, musée Saint-Remi, 53 rue Simon, Reims: expo '1500. Trésors de la fin du Moyen Âge'. Le patrimoine de la fin du moyen âge à Reims est fort peu connu, et pour cause : une bonne partie a été détruite durant les assauts de la Première Guerre Mondiale. Il était temps de rendre grâce à cette époque florissante, riche en inventivité et en recherches artistiques. Ainsi, l'exposition réunit une soixantaine d'oeuvres d'arts.  Du lundi au vendredi de 14 h à 18 h 30, le week-end de 14 h à 19 h. [Attention changement d'horaires : à partir du 2 janvier 2018 : du mardi au dimanche de 10 h à 12 h et de 14 h à 18 h. Fermé le lundi.]

7 October – 7 January, Palais du Tau (Centre des Monuments Nationaux), 2 place du Cardinal Luçon, Reims :  Exposition "Divins ornements. Trésors textiles de la cathédrale de Reims". Horaires:

14 October – 27 January, Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, 20 quai Emile Zola, Rennes : Exposition Le fabuleux destin des tableaux des abbés Desjardins. C’est une épopée extraordinaire et méconnue qui se raconte au Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, après avoir été exposée outre-atlantique à Québec. Celle de près de 200 tableaux religieux réalisés par de grands noms de la peinture française des 17e et 18e siècles et qui traversèrent l’Atlantique pour être diffusés dans les paroisses de Québec. Horaires:

24 October – 21 January, National Museum of the History of Immigration, Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293, Avenue Daumesnil, Paris: Shared Holy Places. To highlight and relate what brings together the three monotheistic religions, this exhibition invites visitors on a contemporary journey across the Mediterranean region. The circulation and migrations of populations from one side of the Mediterranean to the other have encouraged, and even fostered, the development of common holy places, most of which are inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Opening times:

1 December – 7 January, l'église collégiale Saint-Martin, Place de la Cathédrale, Colmar : Exposition biblique : "Cette nuit à Bethléem". l’Association Figurines Bibliques (Afibi) et la Communauté de paroisses Saint jean Baptiste d’Unterlinden propose une exposition sur le thème « Cette nuit à Bethléem ». Les figurines bibliques constituent un outil pédagogique qui permet de goûter autrement la Parole de Dieu, même lorsque la parole n’est pas possible. Elles sont réalisées lors de stage ou s’effectue à la fois un travail de création et un accompagnement théologique. Horaires :

1 December – 1 January, Abbaye St André, Centre d’art contemporain, Place du Bûcher, Meymac : "Calendrier de l'Avent 2017 par Marie-Claire Mitout".  Depuis 2005, l’Abbaye Saint André invite en décembre un artiste d’envergure internationale à transformer la façade du bâtiment en un Calendrier de l’Avent monumental. Une nouvelle fenêtre de l'édifice s’éclaire chaque soir jusqu'au 24 décembre. Horaires :

9 December – 2 February, l'église de la Madeleine, Place de la Madeleine, Paris : Crèche contemporaine à: "Arriver là, une promesse" de l'artiste Raphaël de Villers (du samedi 9, à 17 h) : Guidé par le texte de l’Evangile qui décrit l’errance de Joseph et Marie dans une ville où ils sont des étrangers, l’artiste Raphaël de Villers interroge la condition d’exilé, la vie de ceux qui cherchent refuge dans les rues de nos jours. L’artiste convoque, à cette occasion, des santons des années soixante conservés dans le patrimoine de l’église et inutilisés depuis des années.

18 December – 2 February, L'église Saint-Eustache, 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, Paris : Crèche contemporaine. "Des boîtes qui nous éclairent" installation artistique d'Anouk Rabot et Max Coulon. Une série de dessins, présentés dans de petites boites, se déroule  autour d’un des piliers de l’église pour scander le cheminement qui nous mène à la naissance de Jésus. Chaque jour une boite s’allumera jusqu’à la nuit de Noël où toutes brilleront ensemble pour annoncer Sa venue parmi nous.



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.

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:

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.

26 September – 14 January 2018, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin: Luther pictures. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this display presents an array of Luther pictures spanning the period up to and including the celebrations in 1617 marking the centenary of the posting of Luther’s theses on the church door.

8 October – 18 February, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Marienstraße 4, Heidenheim: Marc Chagall: Bilder zur Bibel. Anlässlich des Reformationsjubiläums präsentiert das Kunstmuseum Heidenheim das religiöse Werk Marc Chagalls im Medium der Graphik, in dessen Zentrum seine 105 Radierungen zur Bibel stehen. Auf Grund seines jüdischen Bekenntnisses chassidischer Prägung gelangte Chagall in diesem Zyklus zu sehr persönlichen Darstellungen, die bis heute berühren. Neben dem Bibel-Zyklus sind die farbenprächtigen Lithographie-Serien zur Geschichte des Exodus, die Verve-Bibel und die Entwürfe zu den Glasmalereien für Jerusalem zu sehen. Ergänzt wird die Chagall-Schau durch eine Ausstellung mit Holzskulpturen der christlichen Volkskunst aus Polen, die in ihrem anti-akademischen Stil Parallelen zu Chagalls Werk aufweist. Öffnungszeiten:

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.

2 December – 28 January, Museum am Dom, Kiliansplatz 1, Würzburg: Zur Krippe Her Kommet. Dieses Jahr verließen die Franziskaner Dettelbach, in das sie vor über 400 Jahren gekommen waren, um die Wallfahrt zu betreuen. Eine lange Tradition klösterlicher Kultur und Frömmigkeit fand damit ihr Ende. Die Klostergebäude und einen Großteil des Kunstinventars übernahm die Diözese Würzburg. Unter den Kunstwerken des Klosters befindet sich auch eine Krippe, deren Ensemble weit in das 19. Jahrhundert hinein zurückreicht. Vom 1. Advent an soll nun diese Krippe im Museum am Dom präsentiert werden, zusammen mit anderen Krippen klösterlicher Herkunft. Öffnungszeiten:

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:



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.

28 October – 7 January 2018, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Dorsoduro, 701-704, Venice: Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897. This is the first museum exhibition to examine the art of the Salons de la Rose+Croix. In 1892, Joséphin Péladan (1858–1918), an eccentric critic, author, and Rosicrucian, founded the annual Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris to showcase mystical Symbolist art. Mysterious, visionary, and mythical themes prevailed in the works at his salons, with images of femmes fragiles and fatales, androgynous creatures, chimeras, and incubi. Opening hours:



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:

13 October – 18 February 2018, Rembrandt House Museum and the Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam: Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. Rembrandt’s Master Pupils. Many paintings from museums and private collections all over the world have been brought together in Amsterdam for this double exhibition. Some of them are back in the Dutch capital for the first time since the seventeenth century. In the Rembrandt House, the place where the man who taught Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680) and Govert Flinck (1615-1660) lived and worked for almost twenty years, the emphasis is on their time with the master. Works of art transport visitors back in time to the painters’ early years and their training with Rembrandt. In the Amsterdam Museum, visitors will discover that Bol and Flinck developed into great artists in their own right. Helped by a carefully constructed and nurtured network, the ambitious painters succeeded in reaching the pinnacle of the art market. The two men became formidable competitors of their former teacher – and of one another. During their lifetimes they were even more successful than Rembrandt. In the same period, two other venues in the city, the Royal Palace in Dam Square and Museum Van Loon, will be reflecting the exhibition by presenting different facets of the two artists. The exhibition of Dutch Masters from the Hermitage will run almost concurrently in the Hermitage Amsterdam. Open:

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1 December – 28 February 2018, National Museum, Toruńska 1, Gdańsk: To Live with Christ and Mary: Art and Private Devotion in the Netherlands 1460–1520. The exhibition presents a phenomenon of Late Medieval religious art that was made outside the liturgy or direct church control; that was borne of an emotional need for religious bond. Geert Groote, the great 14th-century Netherlandish theologian, wrote the following about the need to surround oneself with holy pictures: … all this in order to have a conversation, look for advice and ask questions of Him and the saints; to offer oneself to Him and them, just as obedient household servants do; so that we, faithful in this servitude and obedience [could] also ask for help and relinquish desire; indeed, to live in one house with Christ and the Virgin, make pilgrimages with the pilgrims, weep with the weeping, rejoice with the joyous and suffer with the suffering. The exhibition features works that show Mary’s motherhood and Christ’s Passion in an intimate, but dramatic frame that shortened the distance between the worshiper and the worshiped. The exhibition will showcase the work of the Netherlandish masters of the Renaissance and the Late Gothic who specialised in painting for the purposes of private devotion, including pieces from the workshops of Albrecht Bouts, the Master of the Legend of St Mary Magdalene, Joos van Cleve and Quentin Massys. The Gdańsk exhibition will also be an extraordinary opportunity to see a broad assortment of Netherlandish prayer books.



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:

28 October - 26 January 2020, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh: Art and Analysis: Two Netherlandish Painters working in Jacobean Scotland. Adrian Vanson (died around 1604-10) and Adam de Colone (around 1595–1628) were Netherlandish artists who lived and worked in Scotland at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries. During this period many Protestant Netherlanders fled their home to escape religious persecution by the Catholic Hapsburgs. Taking advantage of the flourishing trade links between Britain and the Low Countries many settled with their families in this country and became tradesmen and artists. Vanson and de Colone, whose families were related by marriage, became successful artists and painted wealthy members of Scottish society including the King and members of his court. Both artists had a demonstrable impact on the development of early Scottish portraiture, in particular influencing the first known native Scottish portrait painter George Jamesone (ca. 1589-90 – 1644). Hours:



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:



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:;

29 September – 14 January, Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich: Sammlungspräsentation zum Thema der Reformation. Die Ausstellung vereint rund 60 Werke vom 16. bis ins 20. Jahrhundert. Im Zentrum steht Hodlers «Einmütigkeit» im Treppenhaus des Moserbaus. Das monumentale Reformationsbild ist mit zahlreichen Originalskizzen, die selten ans Licht kommen, vortrefflich dokumentiert. Ausgewählte Werke Alter Meister zeichnen die Krise des Sakralbildes in der Reformation nach. Gemälde des italienischen Barocks erlauben einen Einblick in die Sakralkunst der Gegenreformation. Zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts wartet Zürich mit mehreren Nazarenern auf – einer Künstlergruppe in Rom, die sich der vorreformatorischen Kirche und Kunst zuwandte. Schliesslich suchten auch die Erneuerer der Konkreten Kunst nach universalen Gültigkeiten anhand ihrer reinen, geradezu reformatorischen Malerei. Öffnungszeiten: 



29 November – 21 December, Lookout Gallery, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC: Cold Clear Sky: An Anthology of Woodcuts by Dan Law. OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 4:30–7:30 pm. Through a series of original woodblock prints, visual artist Dan Law explores the changing of seasons and a lifetime of longing. Mon–Fri 8:30 am–5 pm, Sat 12 pm–4 pm.



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:

10 October – 7 January, The Getty Center, N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles: “Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts”. Green spaces have a universal appeal. Nature's majesty is evident in gardens, farmlands, and especially the untamed wilderness. In Renaissance Europe, many people looked to greenery within the walls of the city and beyond for inspiration and to guide their contemplation of the perceived divine order of creation. Manuscript illuminators were among those who carefully studied the raw elements of nature—such as rocks, trees, flowers, waterways, mountains, and even atmosphere—and incorporated these into luxurious objects of personal or communal devotion. Hours: 

10 October – 14 January, The Getty Center, N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles: “Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice”. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience masterpieces by Giovanni Bellini (about 1435–1516), one of the greatest Venetian painters of the Renaissance. Landscape played a prominent role throughout his long and illustrious career, complementing his religious subject matter and enhancing the meditational nature of paintings intended for the private devotion of highly sophisticated patrons. Distinguished by a refined sensitivity to the natural world, Bellini transformed traditional symbolic motifs into convincing yet poetic depictions of the Venetian mainland, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the history of European painting. Hours: 

11 October – 15 January 2018, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA: Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Painting. “Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Painting” celebrates the commitment of collectors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie to give their exceptional collections of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art to the Museum—a donation that will constitute the largest gift of European paintings in MFA history. The Boston-area collectors plan to give the MFA not only their art collections, but also funding to establish a Center for Netherlandish Art at the MFA, the first of its kind in the US. In addition, the Van Otterloos will give a major research library to serve as a resource for the Center. Hours:

22 October – 21 January 2018, National Gallery of Art, Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. The Musée du Louvre, Paris, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington present a landmark exhibition exploring the fascinating network of relationships among Dutch genre painters of the period 1650–1675. This thought-provoking exhibition gives visitors and scholars an insight into how Johannes Vermeer and contemporary painters of exquisite scenes of everyday life admired, inspired and rivalled each other. Hours:

29 October – 8 January 2018, St. George's Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville: Marc Chagall & the Bible. This exhibition features over 50 lithographs and etchings by Marc Chagall. Each of the original prints is a delightful and colorful interpretation that lets the viewer enter the world of the Bible through Chagall's personal vision.

5 November – 31 January 2018, Good Shepherd Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN: Sola: Grace-Faith-Scripture. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this exhibition presents artworks which reflect on the great "Solas" of the Reformation: grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone (Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura).

12 November – 8 January 2018, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN: Marc Chagall and the Bible. This exhibition features over 50 lithographs and etchings by Marc Chagall. Each of the original prints is a delightful and colourful interpretation that lets the viewer enter the world of the Bible through Chagall’s personal vision.

12 November – 1 January, Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN: Joan Bohlig, forty etchings. On November 12 the artist will be there from 11-12, giving a short talk at 11.30 on method and meaning and motivation. Mo – fr, 9 – 16.30 h and su 9 – 12 h.  

13 November – 12 February 2018, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side, New York: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. Michelangelo, a towering genius in the history of Western art, will be the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, Michelangelo was celebrated for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il Divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries.

18 November – 10 January 2018, Sprinville Art Museum, 126 E 400 S, Springville, UT: Sacred Spaces: Archetypes and Symbols, a curated invitational, will run concurrently with the32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah exhibition. For this exhibition, SMA invited 35 contemporary Utah artists to exhibit works exploring some of the archetypes and symbols that are associated with Sacred Spaces. Nine archetypes will be represented in the exhibition including: Sacred Center, Temple, Cosmic Mountain, Ascension and Descension, Gardens, Underworld, Waters of Life, Tree of Life, and Cosmogram. Opening times:



11 November - 18 February 2018, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney: Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum. This exhibition presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during the 17th century — an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. During the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Artists sensitively observed the beauty of the visible world, transforming it, with great skill, into vivid and compelling paintings. Their subjects ranged from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to tranquil scenes of domestic life and careful studies of fruit and flowers. Drawn from the Rijksmuseum, the renowned national collection of the Netherlands, Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age includes a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn. Hours:



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.

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