I like simple folk, I like truth and honesty. I love God. In art, too, I seek honesty and strive to radiate it. Marc Chagall

Exhibitions 2020

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1 October – 28 August 2021, Dom Museum, Stephansplatz 6, Vienna: Fragile Creation. Artworks from the Middle Ages to the present illustrate the complex connection between human beings and their environment. From loving care to exploitation, from menace to fascination, the relationship between people and nature is an ever-present topic—and was of existential importance long before the life-threatening consequences of global warming and pollution we are faced with today. Hours:



20 September 2019 – 20 September 2024: St Peter’s Church, Grote Markt 1, Leuven: Between Heaven and Earth. The restored St Peter’s Church in Leuven is the setting for an experience that touches all the senses. Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of this Gothic church and renew your acquaintance with its art treasures: outstanding works by Flemish Masters in their authentic context. ‘Mixed Reality’ brings Dirk Bouts’ Last Supper to life and lets you discover the vibrant Leuven of the past and present. The Last Supper by Dirk Bouts, an absolute masterpiece, is undoubtedly the most important highlight of Saint Peter’s Church. Moreover, with the exception of The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus, it is the only artwork by a Flemish Primitive which, 600 years after it was painted, still hangs in exactly the same place for which it was intended.

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25 September – 31 January 2021, National Gallery Prague, Staroměstské nám. 1/12, 110 15 Staré Město, Prague: Rembrandt: Portrait of a Man. This is an extensive exhibition project presenting over 110 artworks from renowned local and foreign institutions and private collections as well as the only Rembrandt’s painting in the Czech Republic, Scholar in His Study, currently exhibited in the Schwarzenberg Palace as part of the Old Masters permanent exhibition. The central piece of the exhibition is the portrait of Scholar in His Study from the NGP’s collections dated 1634 which was a period full of success in Rembrandt’s both professional and private lives. “The exhibition will try to clarify the inner life captured in the expression of the portrayed man, whether it was an unknown man or Rembrandt himself, through other Rembrandt’s works as well as works of his contemporaries and followers (Jan Lievens, Gerrit Dou, Ferdinand Bol, Govaert Flinck or Christopher Paudiss)”, says the curator Lucie Němečková. Learning about Rembrandt’s creation can never do without his graphics and drawings, as Rembrandt devoted the same intensity and creativity to graphics as to his paintings. That is why his works on paper are given as much attention as works on canvas. 10 – 18 h (Wed until 20 h).



16 July – 30 April 2021, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex: John Newling: Tillage. John Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. Born in Birmingham in 1952, he is known for site-specific work that explores the relationships between people, place and culture, and the transformative power of incorporating nature into everyday life. This exhibition features works spanning Newling’s 40 year career, including new work responding to society’s need to evolve in the face of the climate emergency, and living through the global pandemic. Newling has described his work as a ‘collaboration with nature’, a description which has never seemed more relevant, with the pressing need for humanity to take responsibility for our impact on the ecosystem. Hours:

Online exhibition, Society of Catholic Artists UK,

3 December – 28 February 2021, Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings. Lakwena Maciver’s first museum show 'Homeplace'. The work focuses on the interplay between her practices as both artist and mother of two young sons. Responding to feminist author bell hooks’ essay 'Homeplace (a site of resistance)', and in the tradition of African women across the diaspora, Lakwena has been painting the walls of her home to create a space of affirmation, empowerment and resistance upon which will sit her panel paintings. Hours: ;

3 December – 31 January 2021, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London: ‘With the Heart of a Child’: A sculpture installation and exhibition by Nicola Ravenscroft. ‘With the Heart of a Child’ is an installation that sees seven life-size bronze children, one from every continent on Earth, remind us of our duty of care to life, to love, to planet Earth. Alongside this installation Nicola Ravenscroft also shares work relating to a memorial to honour the bravery of front-line NHS and care workers in the fight against Covid and several projects combining art and music.



2 June 2020 – 31 December 2022, Ateneum Art Museum, Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki: Stories of Finnish Art. Stories of Finnish Art illustrates the development of art in Finland from 1809 until the 1970s. At the exhibition, the story of Finnish art is juxtaposed with international developments in art and contemporary social events. On display, side by side, are Finnish and international masterpieces from our collections, such as Le Corbusier’s Two Women (1939), Hugo Simberg’s The Wounded Angel (1903), Edvard Munch’s Bathing Men (1907–08), and Vincent van Gogh’s Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890). The works on display in the halls of modern art highlight the post-Second World War reconstruction period and the emergent media society. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures and prints by Finnish and foreign artists such as Anitra Lucander, Unto Pusa, Ulla Rantanen, Anita Snellman and Sam Vanni. Prints by foreign artists are exhibited on a regularly changing basis. The exhibition also includes Eino Ruutsalo’s experimental films and advertisements. Tu – Fr, 10 – 18 h (We, Th until 20 h), Sa, Su, 10 – 17 h.



Jusqu’a la fin janvier, Faculté Protestante de Théologie, 83 bd Arago, Paris 14 : Exposition Traits d’Esprit, des images pour ne pas se prosterner.



12 July – 21 February 2021, Franz Marc Museum, Besucherparkplatz, Mittenwalder Str. 50, Kochel am See: Anselm Kiefer: Opus Magnum. In 2016 Anselm Kiefer grouped six large-format photographs together with twenty-three glass vitrines under the title Opus Magnum. Like time capsules the contents of these glass cabinets reflect the variety of topoi in his œuvre. The transparent shrines contain a complex ensemble of objects and meanings, rich in associations. They are both clear yet dense, light and heavy simultaneously. Emanating from the wealth of this subject matter the exhibition explores the important role of literary, mythological and biblical motifs in Anselm Kiefer’s work, juxtaposing the glass vitrines with short, associative texts by contemporary writers, including Marion Poschmann, Christoph Ransmayr and Ferdinand von Schirach. Through this literary approach Anselm Kiefer’s motifs – that reappear time and again in ever new variations – are explored in a different light. Along with Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer is one of those German artists who, born during or shortly after the Nazi period and the war in Germany, took a stance against the general silence regarding Germany’s recent past that prevailed: “I was living among people who were all there at that time but who never wanted to talk about it. That time was an empty space” is how Kiefer described this situation himself. His deep rootedness in the Romantic period and history of ideas, as well as the correlation between mythology and modernism that characterise his work, are closely associated with his views on history. Hours:

22 October – 28 February, Lehmbruch Museum, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40, Duisburg: Stephan Balkenhol. There must be few contemporary sculptors who have managed to create such striking and unmistakable three-dimensional works as those by the German artist Stephan Balkenhol (born 1957). His iconic figures of a man wearing a white shirt and black trousers have made him famous well beyond Germany’s borders. Balkenhol is a sculptor in the traditional sense: He carves out his sculptures and reliefs from what are sometimes huge wooden logs using mallet and chisel, saw and knife. Traces of manual work and material properties are not covered up but become a fascinating feature of the work. His theme has always been and continues to be the human figure. The Lehmbruck Museum presents a comprehensive show of Stephan Balkenhol’s work, developed in close collaboration with the artist himself. Beginning with his early works, the exhibition spans his oeuvre right up until our present day and includes several works created especially for Duisburg. Numerous drawings and plaster models provide further insights into Stephan Balkenhol’s creative process and his artistic world of ideas. Hours:

30 Oktober – 11 April 2021, Stiftung Christliche Kunst, Schloss Wittenberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg: Avantgarde in Wittenberg. 19 Jahre Stiftung Christliche Kunst Wittenberg. Vor 19 Jahren übergaben der württembergische Kunstliebhaber Dr. Ulrich Scheufelen und seine Frau Dr. Gisela Meister-Scheufelen ihre Sammlung mit herausragender religiös-existenzialistischer Grafik der Moderne in die Stadt Wittenberg und gründeten die „Stiftung Christliche Kunst Wittenberg“. 19 Jahre betreute Jutta Brinkmann als Vorsitzende die Stiftung Christliche Kunst Wittenberg, erweiterte die Sammlung und hat sie im In- und Ausland bekannt gemacht. 19 Jahren heißen auch 19 spannende Ausstellungen, die in dieser Zeit neben der Dauerausstellung sowohl in Wittenberg als auch an zahlreichen Orten in Europa gezeigt wurden. Dazu kommen mehrere Kunstpreisträger und Wettbewerbsgewinner, die sich bis heute der Stiftung verbunden fühlen. Zeit also, einmal innezuhalten und mit einer Ausstellung avantgardistischer und hochaktueller Kunst an die letzten Jahre zu erinnern und gleichzeitig in die Zukunft zu blicken. Zu sehen sind Werke von u.a. Marc Chagall, Edouard Manet, Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, Georges Grosz, Otto Dix, Wassily Kandinsky, Georges Rouault, Otto Pankok, Antonio Saura, Arnulf Rainer, Werner Tübke, Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Joseph Beuys, Bodil Kaalund, Bjørn Nørgaard/Lene Adler Petersen, Michael Morgner, Thomas A. Straub, Regina M. Stiegler, Wieland Payer, Edgar Knobloch und Michael Triegel.

30 October 2020 – 31 January 2021, Jakobushaus, Reussstrasse 2, Goslar: Zusammenspiel: Kunst im sakralen Raum: Sakrale Kunst unter modernen Vorzeichen? Das klingt schwierig. Bedeutet Sakralität nicht immer auch Affirmation? Und ist diese für moderne Kunst nicht grundsätzlich ein Problem? Jedenfalls ist die Gefahr des Trivialen groß, wenn ein Kunst- werk unserer Erwartung nur wenig hinzufügt. In der Tat scheint eine Geschichte der Entfremdung zwischen Kunst und Kirche, wenn man sie schreiben wollte, über weite Strecken jener zwischen Kirche und Moderne zu entsprechen. Ist das so? Wo wären Brückenschläge möglich und nötig? Oder wer unterschätzt hier wen oder was? Vernissage in Kooperation mit der Künstlerseelsorge im Bistum Hildesheim, 27 Oktober 19 U.



19 February 2018 – 26 February 2025, Uffizi Galleries, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence: Caravaggio and the 17th century. Hours:



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2 July 2019 – 1 July 2021, Reformierte Kirche Veltheim, Feldstrasse 6, Winterthur: Transformation# – Temporäre Kapelle Dorfkirche Veltheim. Vernissage Mittwoch, 4. September, 18.30 Uhr mit einer Installation des iranisch - schweizerischen Künstlers Navid Tschopp. Im 21. Jahrhundert ist mitten in Winterthur neben einer reformierten Kirche eine neue Kapelle entstanden. Während der zweijährigen Projektdauer entstehen insgesamt 12 Installationen in der temporären Kapelle und schaffen einen neuen Raum der Inspiration für Begegnungen zwischen Kunst und Kirche. In der Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte und aktuellen Themen soll Neues erfahren und wahrgenommen werden können. Reformation. Tausend Jahre Dorfkirche Veltheim. Weiterbauen an der Kirche. Eine Kapelle auf Zeit. Baumaterial der Asylunterkunft Kirche Rosenberg. Wärmedämmung aus.  alten Noten und Geschichten. Ein spiritueller Raum. Kirche trifft Kunst. Transformation.

18 September 2020 – 7 March 2021: l’Espace Graffenried, Place du Marché 2, Aigle: Eugène Burnand. A travers champs. Hommage à l’artiste vaudois Eugène Burnand (1850-1921), aux diverses techniques utilisées et aux thèmes privilégiés dans son oeuvre: entre le Jorat et le Midi, les scènes naturalistes et religieuses, le dessin, l’illustration et la peinture. Me – Ven: 10 – 12, 13 – 17 h; Sa – Di: 10 - 12, 13.30 – 16 h. Entrée libre. 

28 October – 28 February, International Museum of the Reformation, St. Peters Square, Rue du Cloître 4, Geneva: Calvin in America. Puritan Reformists who had crossed the ocean to found a community in accordance with their aspirations, firmly rooted in Protestant and Calvinist values. This was a founding moment for what was to become the United States of America. * Aboard the Mayflower: Embark on the emblematic boat that crossed the Atlantic in 1620, an unforgettable virtual reality experience, design by Artanim, in the company of the first Reformed community in America. * 60 historical and current records: On loan from 17 American museums or libraries, private individuals or from the MIR’s rich collection, explore 60 documents, memorabilia, statistics and objects that evoke the religious and Protestant identity of the USA from 1620 to today, through unique scenography designed by artist Séverin Guelpa. * The Four Freedoms: Norman Rockwell’s famous World War II posters are presented in a sanctuary-like space to highlight the four founding freedoms of America: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. * American religious music: Nine pieces of music inspired by religion in America, from 1773 to today, are on display in the Museum’s small music room and include choir singing, ballads, blues and jazz. * Religion in the movies: A 20-minute loop of various excerpts from famous films produced in North America introduces visitors to how religion permeates culture and has inspired great directors. Hours: ;

31 October – 14 February 2021, Kunstmuseum Basel: Rembrandt’s Orient. West Meets East in Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century. For someone who, for all we know, never left his native country, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn had a strikingly broad horizon. As an artist, collector, and citizen, he came into contact with artifacts, objects of utility, and humans from all parts of the known world. Rembrandt’s curiosity about everything foreign and his insatiable collector’s appetite were legendary even in his lifetime and part and parcel of his singular creative genius. Amsterdam, the center of his life, was the perfect place for a man of such boundless interests: the Dutch East and West India Companies had their headquarters and home port here, as did other trading partnerships. In the seventeenth century, the city was a true cultural melting pot. Legates and merchants from far-flung places were a daily sight in the streets of the young Dutch Republic. The exhibition focuses on one of the most consequential strands in this constellation: the Orient—an umbrella term for diverse Eastern non-European cultures rather than a well-defined geographic designation—fired Rembrandt’s imagination throughout his career. It inspired the painter has he envisioned the settings of biblical histories, one of his favorite genres. Several self-portraits show the artist in exotic costumes. His copies of miniatures created at the court of the Great Mughals were a tribute to Asian creativity and taste without precedent in Dutch art. Last but not least, he was an eager consumer of Japanese paper, which he liked to use for his etchings. The selection of exhibits is not limited to Rembrandt’s oeuvre. In addition to works by his colleagues and students, the presentation includes publications and other sources that illustrate the contemporary vision of the Orient. Placing Rembrandt’s work in this broader context reveals both the ways in which his take on the East was typical of his time and what set his perspective on its cultures apart from those of his contemporaries. And there is yet another reason why Rembrandt’s Orient scrutinizes Golden-Age Dutch artists’ responses to Eastern artifacts: by contrasting their own daily surroundings with these models, they made a key contribution to the genesis and definition of the specific European identity that to this day has remained a subject of ongoing renegotiation. Hours:





20 September 2020 – 28 March 2021, Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA: Rembrandt Revealed. When the Museum’s 1632 Portrait of a Young Woman was sent out for routine conservation in 2018, the conservators made an exciting discovery: while this painting had previously been attributed to Rembrandt’s studio, during cleaning they found clear evidence that Rembrandt himself had painted it. The Museum will be celebrating the return of this important work to the galleries with the exhibition Rembrandt Revealed, which will illuminate how conservation science has helped us better understand this painting and its authorship. Through a close focus on Portrait of a Young Woman, this exhibition will offer a deep dive into the conservation process, with an appealing and accessible step-by-step understanding of decisions and discoveries. It will also explore the complexities and uncertainties of the attribution process and invite the public to participate in that conversation. We - Sa, 11 – 16 h, Su, 12 – 16 h.

8 February – 18 April, Bethel University, Olson Gallery, Community Life Center (CLC building), 2nd Floor, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN: Constructed Mysteries. Constructed Mysteries is an exhibit that offers a conversation through artwork and interviews about the ways in which spiritual practice and artistic practice intersect. The exhibit is based on the idea that artists of faith have a unique set of spiritual insights about a number of important and timely issues because of their experience within artistic practice. These insights have been uniquely discarded within contemporary Christianity and as a result, we have been cut off from sources of wisdom and interaction with the divine that have historically been a part of our spiritual tradition. Recovering this perspective is not only helpful for the artist on a personal level, but also of keen importance to the larger Christian culture. opens February 8 - April 18 at Bethel University Olson Gallery (St. Paul, Minnesota) and will tour afterward to other venues. Mo – Fr, 9 – 20 h, Sa, Su, 11 – 18 h.




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