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Exhibitions 2020

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AUSTRIA

15 May – 10 October, KULTUM. Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst & Religion, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz: Alois Neuhold: Innergärten und Trotzdemblüten. Verstreute Blütenblätter aus dem Gartenbuch eines verlorenen Paradieses. Di – Sa 11 – 17 U, So 17 20 U. Für die Ferienzeit (14. Juli–13. September) haben wir in diesem Sommer auch in den Abend hinein geöffnet: Di – S0  16–20 U.   https://www.kultum.at/einrichtung/137/literatur/einmuseuminderzeit/2020/2020_ausstellungen/article/15986.html

27 August – 15 November, Albertina Museum, Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna: Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Hodler. The Hahnloser Collection. The ALBERTINA Museum is devoting its spring exhibition of 2020 to one of the most important private collections of French modernist art. The Hahnloser Collection came together between 1905 and 1936, initially on the basis of close and friendly exchange between the collecting couple of Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler and artist-friends including Pierre Bonnard, Ferdinand Hodler, Henri Matisse, and Félix Vallotton. Later on, the collection also came to include works by their predecessors including Cézanne, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and others. 10 – 18 h (We, Fr until 21 h). https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/van-gogh-cezanne-matisse-hodler-the-hahnloser-collection/

26 May – 1 November, Albertina Museum, Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna: The Renaissance of Etching. From Dürer to Bruegel. The early days of printmaking were punctuated by several important innovations that ended up giving rise to a multitude of technical processes by 1500. In this context, the emergence of the etching during the late 15th century along with its subsequent swift spread during the early 16th century represents one of the most important turning points. Following development of this technique’s basic elements in the workshops of armor decorators, German printmaker Daniel Hopfer began using etched (i.e., acid treated) metal plates to produce prints on paper. Etching proved so easy to do that artists from the most varied fields found themselves able to produce their own prints— and among this new medium’s pioneers were central artistic figures of the Renaissance such as Albrecht Dürer, Parmigianino, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. 10 – 18 h (We, Fr until 21 h). https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/the-renaissance-of-etching-from-duerer-to-bruegel/

 

BELGIUM

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. https://www.visitleuven.be/en/between-heaven-and-earth-vanaf-200919

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CZECH REPUBLIC:

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). https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/news/expected-rembrandt-exhibition-will-be-open-in-september

 

DENMARK

29 May – 3 January 2021, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Kong Christians Allé 50, Aalborg: Louise Nevelson – Sculptor of Shadows. Kunsten is presenting a comprehensive special exhibition of works by one of the most highly-esteemed American sculptors of the 20th century, Louise Nevelson (1899-1988). This exhibition is the first solo presentation in Denmark, in 47 years, of this highly influential artist, who for years enchanted viewers with her monumental sculptures. Louise Nevelson has been described as a ‘Furniture Mystic’, an ‘Architect of Shadows’, ‘The Queen of Assemblage’ and ‘Visual Art’s Answer to Karen Blixen’. In the post-war years, on the basis of what she referred to as a life-long love affair with art, she set out to breathe new life into sculpture. The exhibition will present several of Louise Nevelson’s distinctive works: assemblages several metres long, made from salvaged bits of wood painted monochromatically in black, white and gold, and small, rarely-shown collages. As part of Kunsten’s The Past Retold series, this exhibition will include a broad selection of Nevelson’s works dating from the mid-1950ss to the 1980s. Together, they will provide an in-depth insight into this artist and her powerful wooden sculptures. Her black wooden sculpture in particular and the shadows that play a key role in the artist’s practice, will form a basis for our appreciation of Nevelson’s work. The exhibition will also tell the story of a highly idiosyncratic artistic personality, who dedicated her life to art, making it an active element in her artistic mission. The exhibition will be presented in Kunsten’s Main Gallery. Its enticing light will set the scene for a holistic sensory experience, underpinning the theatrical dimension that is inextricably associated with Nevelson’s art. Light, which was so important to Alvar Aalto in his architecture, will interact uniquely with Louise Nevelson’s massive, physically alluring works. https://kunsten.dk/en/exhibition/louise-nevelson-sculptor-of-shadows-10786 Hours: https://kunsten.dk/en/content/opening-hours-and-admission-5375

 

ENGLAND

12 March – 15 November, Tate Modern, Bankside, London: Andy Warhol. A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar. Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy gay man who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counterculture – and changed modern art in the process. He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working-class parents from present-day Slovakia. In 1949 he moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its realisation in his ground-breaking pop art. This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Su – Fr, 10 – 18 h, Fr, Sa, same but from Sept 4 : 10 – 22 h. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/andy-warhol

8 July 2020 - 17 January 2021, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: Titian, Love, Desire, Death. Titian’s sensuous interpretation of Classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment. In 1551, Prince Philip of Spain, the future King Philip II, commissioned Titian, the most famous painter in Europe, to produce a group of paintings showing Classical myths primarily taken from the Roman poet Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. The exhibition reunites all six paintings in the series, from Boston, Madrid, and London, for the first time in over four centuries. Included are ‘Diana and Actaeon’ and ‘Diana and Callisto’; works we own jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland. Combining Titian’s remarkable talent as both artist and storyteller, the mythological scenes capture moments of high drama; a fatal encounter, the shameful discovery, a hasty abduction. Titian expertly manipulates paint and colour to dazzling effect; capturing luminous flesh, sumptuous fabrics, water, reflection, and atmospheric, almost enchanted, landscapes. We see gods and goddesses, yet their faces show very human, and very relatable, emotions: guilt, surprise, shame, desperation, and regret.   https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/titian-love-desire-death 

15 July – 30 September, The Theatre Courtyard Green Rooms, Shoreditch, 36 Bateman’s Row, London: The Stars Are Bright: Zimbabwe through the eyes of its young painters from Cyrene (1940-1947). The exhibition invites you to discover the extraordinary artwork of students at the Cyrene Mission School, a boys' school near Bulawayo in colonial Zimbabwe (then known as Southern Rhodesia). All the paintings, drawings and sculptures in this exhibition were created by more than 40 artists over a seven-year period, many of whom went on to have important careers at home and abroad. These artists were boys and young men, and their paintings are a product of their imagination as well as factual events and scenes. The depictions of history, folklore, education and nature provide an insight into key moments of the country’s history and culture. Explore life, the natural world, spirituality and a changing nation, guided by Zimbabwe’s bright young stars. Tu – Su, 11 – 15 h. https://www.thestarsarebright.com/exhibition/

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: https://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/visit/opening-hours-and-prices/

10 August – 31 October, Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford: Young Rembrandt, online now and reopening on August 10.   https://www.ashmolean.org/youngrembrandt

Online exhibition, Society of Catholic Artists UK, http://www.catholicartists.co.uk/90years

23 October, Peterborough Cathedral, Architectural & Heritage Scanning’s Project. Architectural & Heritage Scanning, a UK based organisation has almost completed the most in-depth 3D digital survey of any English Cathedral/Building to date. Using a range of traditional survey methods, Lidar, Photogrammetry and close-range handheld scanning, the data collected contains over 16.8 billion points, over 35,000 24mp images and high-resolution close-range scans amounting to nearly 2Tb of data. A free invitation exhibition of this project will be held on the 23rd of October. If you would like to attend please send an Email to info@ahscanning.co.uk. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-53804709

 

FINLAND

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. https://ateneum.fi/nayttelyt/stories-of-finnish-art/?lang=en

 

FRANCE

Until 3 January 2021, Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, Paris: Cezanne and the Master Painters. A dream of Italy. For the first time, the painter’s works will be presented alongside pictures by the great Italian masters from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. A remarkable selection of canvases by the forerunner of Cubism, including an iconic Montagne Sainte-Victoire, and the essential Pastorale and still lifes, will thus face a rare ensemble of paintings by the likes of Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Giordano, Poussin and, in the modern era, Carrà, Sironi, Soffici and Pirandello, and of course Boccioni and Morandi. “Cezanne et les Maîtres. Rêve d’Italie” features some sixty masterpieces from leading public and private collections around the world (the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection in Madrid, the Pola Museum in Kanagawa, and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, etc.). The first part of the exhibition will bring out the manifest importance of Latin culture in Cézanne’s work and the way in which he drew on the example of his illustrious predecessors in order to lay the foundations for his “new” painting. Given this strong Italian influence, it is hardly surprising that his own work should in turn have influenced artists south of the Alps. This is demonstrated in the second part of the show, where works by the masters of the Novecento, such as Carrà, and figures such as Morandi and Boccioni can be seen revisiting his concerns, thereby confirming the timeless importance of Cézanne’s work, and its pivotal role in the art of the 20th century. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (th until 21 h).   https://www.marmottan.fr/en/expositions/cezanne-and-the-italian-masters/

1 July – 1 November, l’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye : Vitraux d’artistes - De Notre-Dame de Paris. L’exposition va permettre à de nombreux visiteurs de venir découvrir ces oeuvres exceptionnellement réunies à l’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud. À travers maquettes, études préparatoires, panneaux d’essais, films, cette exposition majeure réunit 29 artistes des années 1930 à nos jours, dont Jean Bazaine, Marcel Breuer, Pierre Buraglio, Simon Hantaï, Ann Veronica Janssen, Fernand Léger, Gabriel Loire, Pierre Mabille, Alfred Manessier, Robert Morris, Aurélie Nemours, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Jacques Villon. 9.30 – 19.30 h. https://www.fontevraud.fr/event/vitraux-dartistes-de-notre-dame-de-paris-a-labbaye-royale-de-fontevraud/

22 July 2020 – 3 January 2021, Musée du Hiéron, 13 Rue de la Paix, Paray-le-Monial: Donations acquisitions - Les nouvelles richesses du musée du Hiéron. Cette exposition témoigne de l'enrichissement récent des collections du musée du Hiéron, avec la donation de trois ensembles d’oeuvres d’après-guerre qui questionnent les nouvelles formes de l’art chrétien : Anne Dangar (1885-1951) et ses céramiques réalisées pour l’Abbaye de la-Pierre-qui-Vire, Jean Lerat (1913-1992) ou encore l'écrivain Henri Vincenot (1912-1985), dont l’oeuvre peint reste méconnu. L’acquisition de plusieurs céramiques de Jacqueline Lerat (1920-2009) complètent ces donations, ainsi qu'une oeuvre contemporaine de Pascal Convert, « Écorce de pierre », 2018-2019. https://www.narthex.fr/events/expo-donations-acquisitions-les-nouvelles-richesses-du-musee-du-hieron-a-paray-le-monial Horaires: http://www.musee-hieron.fr/le-musee/

29 August – 11 October, Cuiseaux, Saône et Loire : 5e Biennale de Cuiseaux. La Ruche va à la campagne. Evénement exceptionnel pour cette 5e édition de la Biennale de Cuiseaux : 16 artistes de la Ruche - dont Alberola et Ernest Pignon Ernest - viennent y exposer en 2020, grâce au dynamisme du Comité Cuiseaux Pays des peintres. Située en Saône et Loire et enclavée dans le Jura, Cuiseaux, ancienne cité des Princes d'Orange, est d'une grande richesse patrimoniale. C'est aussi le berceau familial de Pierre Puvis de Chavannes et la ville natale d'Edouard Vuillard. Jusqu'au 11 octobre. https://www.narthex.fr/events/5e-biennale-de-cuiseaux-la-ruche-va-a-la-campagne-a-cuiseaux-71

18 septembre – 18 octobre, églises de Rouen et de sa périphérie : Festival : 15e édition de Courant d'Art à Rouen. Courant d’Art est une proposition de la Direction diocésaine de la culture de Rouen. Habituellement ancré chaque année dans le temps de Carême, cet événement-festival a dû être exceptionnellement reporté après l'été, en raison de la situation sanitaire. Courant d'Art déploie une programmation artistique dans certaines églises du diocèse de Rouen avec plusieurs objectifs : établir un dialogue fécond entre l’Église et le monde de l’Art ; encourager et susciter la création artistique de notre temps, dans un esprit d’ouverture et de liberté ; faire découvrir et rayonner le patrimoine culturel du diocèse. https://www.narthex.fr/events/festival-15e-edition-de-courant-dart-a-rouen

29 September – 11 October, Galerie de l’Europe, 55 rue de Seine, Paris: Exposition Stéphanie de Malherbe & Delphine Martocq (sculpteur) Nocturnes les jeudis 1er et 8 Octobre jusqu'à 21h30. tous les jours en présence des artistes. Vernissage 29 Septembre, 15 – 21.30 h. Lun – sam, 11 – 19 h.  

 

GERMANY  

18 January - 27 September, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main: Böhm 100. The Concrete Cathedral of Neviges. Gottfried Böhms 100th birthday is on January 23, 2020. We intend to celebrate it: with an exhibition devoted to the pilgrimage church in Neviges, one of his most important designs. Commissioned by Franciscan monks and the second largest church in the Archdiocese of Cologne, a concrete cathedral was built between 1963 and 1968. The folded roof is currently being refurbished with an innovative textile-reinforced concrete layer. In 2005 and 2006, there were major exhibitions at the DAM of the work of Gottfried Böhm and his father Dominikus Böhm. This exhibition presents archive materials from when the pilgrimage church was built and associates them with a view of the future. An extensive series of lectures brings together Böhm’s three architect sons, provides an insight into the technique of concrete restoration, and also enables the film “Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie” to be shown in Frankfurt again. For further events please visit: boehm100.de. We, 10 – 20 h, th – su, 10 – 18 h. https://dam-online.de/en/veranstaltung/boehm-100-2/

4 March – 11 October, Draiflessen Collection, Georgstraße 18, Mettingen: On the third day … Resurrection scenes – rendered in vivid colour, some with gold highlights – from books of hours and prayer books from a German private collection will be on display for this showcase exhibition. The medieval/early modern conception of the resurrection of Christ and of the dead must be seen in conjunction with hope for the Kingdom of Heaven and fear of damnation, with both being dictated by one’s own life and its pleasingness to God. This conception finds reflection in thirteen manuscript pages, most of them from German-Dutch speaking regions and dating from the 1430s to the 1540s. We – Su, 11 – 17 h. https://www.draiflessen.com/articles/555?locale=nl

7 April – 8 November, Alte Pinakothek, Barer Str. 27, München: RAPHAEL 1520-2020. Raphael celebrated the greatest success with his art in Rome where he died 500 years ago. The many panel paintings and wall frescoes that he managed to complete there in little more than a decade have secured his international fame to this day – especially the painting of the so-called Stanze in the Vatican Palace and large altar paintings such as the Sistine Madonna. Raffaelo Sanzio, who was born in 1483, started his career, however, in Umbria and Tuscany. It is uncertain whether he completed his apprenticeship in the workshop of his father, who worked as a painter in Urbino, or under Pietro Pierogino in Perugia. He doubtlessly showed exceptional technical skill as a painter at an early age and ambitiously modelled his works on those of prominent colleagues such as Perugino, Pinturicchio and Signorelli. Between 1504 and 1508 Raphael remained mostly in Florence and explored Leonardo da Vinci’s and Michelangelo’s spectacular creations in his compositions. He also used his sound knowledge of Fra Bartolommeo’s works equally masterfully for his own pictorial inventions. In this way he upheld his position among Florentine painters and attracted significant commissions for private devotional paintings, several portraits and an altar painting. This exhibition is devoted to Raphael’s depiction of the Holy Family commissioned by a Florentine merchant. As the painter of pictures of sublime beauty Raphael attained cult status in the 19th century, in particular. Ludwig I of Bavaria and his gallery director, Johann Georg von Dillis, revered him as the ‘king of painting’. The 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death provides an occasion to recall the history of his fame and to reflect on the extent his works influenced the pictorial language of the western world in the modern period. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (Tu, We, until 20.30 h). https://www.pinakothek.de/en/exhibitions/raphael-1520-2020

27 June – 31 October, Domschatz- und Diözesanmuseum Eichstätt, Residenzplatz 7, Eichstätt: Nikola Saric – Reflexionen. Eine repräsentative Auswahl aus den 2014 bis 2020 entstandenen Zyklen „Glühende Dunkelheit“, „9 Ansichten des Kreuzes“, „Zyklus des Lebens“, „Zeugen“ und „Irdische Geschichten mit himmlischer Bedeutung“. Dabei treten die Arbeiten in bewussten und spannungsreichen Dialog mit den Exponaten des Museums – in künstlerisch-theologischer Hinsicht ebenso, wie in der Auseinandersetzung zwischen historischer und gegenwärtiger Perspektive. Mi – Fr, 10.30 – 17 U, Sa, So, 10 – 17 U. https://www.dioezesanmuseum-eichstaett.de/sonderausstellung/nikola-saric/

13 July - 18 October, Feldbergkirche, Eberlinweg 2, Feldberg: Kunst am Berg. Wann reisst der Himmel auf? unter diesem Titel sind Bilder und plastische Objekte von Carola Faller-Barris und Thomas Lauer in der Feldbergkirche zu sehen. Die Eröffnung der Ausstellung ist am Sonntag, 12. Juli um 18.30 Uhr. Dr. Katharina Seifert, Leiterin des Referates Kunst, Kultur, Kirche der Erzdiözese Freiburg, wird in die Ausstellung einführen. Musikalisch wird die Vernissage von Hanna Schüly, Saxophon, umrahmt. Carola Faller-Barris ist in Freiburg geboren und aufgewachsen. Sie studierte Bildende Kunst und Katholische Theologie in Mainz. Ihre Zeichnungen und plastischen Objekte kreisen um das Thema „Verwandlung / Metamorphose“. Innere und äußere Prozesse, die sich im Spannungsfeld  von Bleiben und Aufbrechen, Sterben und Auferstehung bewegen, finden sich in ihrer Kunst. Thomas Lauer wurde in Saarbrücken geboren. Er studierte Katholische Theologie und versah bis 2010 den priesterlichen Dienst. Seit 2011 ist er in der Altenpflege tätig und begann bereits 1993 mit seiner freien künstlerischen Tätigkeit. In seinen Bildern und Objekten verarbeitet er Impulse, Gedanken, Ereignisse aus seinem Glauben und Leben – reduziert und abstrahiert. Beide Künstler sind Mitglied der Gemeinschaft christlicher Künstler der Erzdiözese Freiburg. 9 – 18 U.   https://www.feldbergkirche.de/html/kunst_am_berg.html

24 July – 25 October, Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum und Domschatzkammer, Markt 17, Paderborn: Peter Paul Rubens and the Baroque in the North. The Paderborn Diocesan Museum presents the famous Flemish artist and his pupils in Westphalia. Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is indisputably one of the most important masters of Flemish Baroque and was already the star of his profession during his lifetime. From his workshop in Antwerp, new pictorial ideas spread throughout Europe – all the way to Paderborn. When Paderborn Cathedral was hit by bombs shortly before the end of the Second World War on 17 January 1945, the air-raid bombs also destroyed a unique testimony to Baroque art: the altarpiece of the mighty high altar created for the eastern choir by the Antwerp artists Antonius and Ludovicus Willemssen. Although the precious painting was torn to shreds, these were miraculously preserved. The fragments, now reassembled, form the starting point for the major RUBENS exhibition in the Paderborn Diocesan Museum. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (every first we of the month until 20 h). https://dioezesanmuseum-paderborn.de/rubens/?lang=en

1 August – 30 November, Kunst Station St. Peter, Leonhard-Tietz-Str. 6, Köln: REPLACE RUBENS: Gerhard Richter — Grauer Spiegel. Der in der Kunst-Station Sankt Peter gezeigte „Graue Spiegel“ verweist in seiner Idee auf wichtige Werke Richters, wie „4 Glasscheiben“ (1967), „Schwarz, Rot, Gold“ (1999) und „Acht Grau“ (2002) zurück. Der Künstler hat in den vielen Jahren seines Schaffens immer das Zusammenspiel von Bild, Raum und Betrachtenden im Blick gehabt. Der „Graue Spiegel“ ist Richters raumbezogene Antwort auf die Anfrage, die Wand, auf der gewöhnlich das Bild „Kreuzigung Petri von Peter Paul Rubens (1638/40), zu sehen ist, zu gestalten. Der „Graue Spiegel“ steht für Richters kontinuierlich geäußerten Zweifel, ob das, was wir sehen, der eigentlichen Wirklichkeit des Wahrgenommenen entspricht. Di – So, 11 – 18 U. https://www.sankt-peter-koeln.de/wp/kunst-station/gerhard-richter-grauer-spiegel/

14 August – 8 October, Kulturkirche St. Stephani, Stephanikirchhof 8, Bremen: Ecce homo - Der Mensch und sein Bild. Die Malerin Emese Kazár ist die 9. Kunststipendiatin der Bremischen Evangelischen Kirche. Sie setzt sich mit Jesus-Darstellungen einiger der größten Meister der Renaissance, u. a. Andrea Mantegna, Raffael und Rogier van der Weyden auseinander. Die gewählten Bildzitate reichen von der Madonna mit dem Kind bis hin zum Schmerzensmann. Kazárs Bildfindungen nehmen die Tradition von Verhüllung und Enthüllung des Leibes Christi auf und laden dabei zu Neuinterpretationen ein. 11 – 17 U. https://www.kulturkirche-bremen.de/programm_detail.php?ident=122356

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. https://jakobushaus.de/sakrale-kunst-und-s%C3%A4kulare-moderne

 

ITALY

19 February 2018 – 26 February 2025, Uffizi Galleries, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence: Caravaggio and the 17th century. Hours: https://www.uffizi.it/en/the-uffizi/painting https://www.uffizi.it/en/events/caravaggio-and-the-17th-century

 

LUXEMBOURG

24 June – 21 November, Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Marché-aux-Poissons, Luxembourg: De Mena, Murillo, Zurbarán. Masters of the Spanish Baroque. The National Museum of History and Art (MNHA) is the temporary setting of the flamboyant Spanish art of the 17th century. It is a unique opportunity to get to know this neglected aspect of the Spanish Golden Age and to discover baroque art entirely committed to religious belief. In addition to renowned masters such as Murillo and Zurbarán, eight hyperrealist sculptures of the important baroque sculptor Pedro De Mena form the high point of the exhibition. They represent the most significant group of De Mena's sculptures shown outside of Spain - worldwide. The exhibition illustrates that 17th century Spanish sculpture does not fail to meet the high standards determined by then contemporary painting. The exhibition also presents the results of an unprecedented X-ray analysis of eight shown sculptures. These are the product of a collaboration with the service of medical imaging of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord (CHdN) in Ettelbrück. The analysis enables the visitor to explore the 'insides' of these works that are so perfect on the outside. The visitor can also familiarize with certain techniques of polychromy on wood thanks to samples created by the restauration service of the MNHA. The exhibition and catalogue have been conceived in close collaboration with the Museum of the Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (Th until 20 h). https://www.mnha.lu/en/exhibitions/de-mena-murillo-zurbaran

 

THE NETHERLANDS   

25 September - 29 November, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam: Life/Time.  Rembrandt, Abraham van Dijck and Aat Veldhoen. In the time of corona, when we have to keep distance from each other, we depend even more on contact by eye. Rembrandt was good at looking, with a sympathetic eye – his imags of old people are intimate, vulnerable, and at the same time powerful. In the exhibition Life/Time Rembrandt’s etchings of old people will be shown alongside work by his pupil Abraham van Dijck and his great fan Aat Veldhoen. There are old people slumbering in their chairs. But we also see wise old men in their studies or a spry pancake baker. Life/Time is an ode to old age in its richness and many facets. The high point of this collection exhibition is the newest acquisition of The Rembrandt House Museum: a small painting by Rembrandt pupil Abraham van Dijck. The museum purchased it last year at an auction. It represents an old man close to falling asleep. Old people often symbolized the transience of life, in seventeenth-century Dutch art. But his man is an artist, he has a palette and a brush in his hand. The message here could be: life passes, but the painting will remain. Art triumphs over death. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h. https://www.rembrandthuis.nl/exhibitions/now-on-view/?lang=en

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SWITZERLAND

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. http://www.refkirchewinterthur.ch/veltheim

2 May – 31 October, Wallfahrtsort Mariastein, Klosterhotel Kreuz, Paradiesweg 1, Metzerlen-Mariastein: Ausstellung zum Thema „Schöpfung Creation“ mit Kunstwerken von Mitgliedern (Künstlerinnen und Künstler) der  Schweizerischen Lukasgesellschaft für Kunst und Kirche. Kuratorin: Pia Zeugin.   https://www.klosterhotel-kreuz.ch/

3 May – 19 October, Kartause Ittingen, Warth: Göttliche Landschaft – Zeitgenössische Kunst zu Glaube und Religion. In der Umgebung der Kartause Ittingen und beim Kloster Fischingen setzen sich Künstlerinnen und Künstler mit eigens für das 150-Jahr-Jubiläum der beiden Landeskirchen geschaffenen Werken mit dem Verhältnis von Staat und Kirche, bzw. Gesellschaft und Religion, auseinander. Mit dem Kunstprojekt wird die aktuelle Frage buchstäblich in den öffentlichen Raum gestellt, ob Religion im Thurgau lediglich Privatsache ist oder ob ihr auch eine gesellschaftliche Relevanz zukommen soll. Die Ausstellung umfasst Kunstinstallationen von Studierenden der Kunsthochschule Luzern, des Thurgauer Künstlerpaars steffenschöni und des Walliser Künstlers Vincent Fournier. Mehr Informationen: http://www.150himmel.chhttps://www.kartause.ch/en

1 August – 29 October, Klosterhotel Kreuz, Paradiesweg 1, Mariastein: Schöpfung – Creation. 8 artists of the Schweizerischen St. Lukasgesellschaft für Kunst und Kirche. Mo – Fr  9 – 18 U, Sa, So, 9 – 12 U und 15 – 18 U. https://www.klosterhotel-kreuz.ch/ https://lukasgesellschaft.ch/aktuell/ 

11 September – 24 October, Art Forum Ute Barth, Kartausstrasse 8, Zürich: Human Being Human, Lucia Coray und Hans Thomann. Vernissage, 11 September, 17 – 19 U. Meet the Artist Lucia Coray 13 September, 16 – 18 U. Meet the Artist Hans Thomann, 20 September, 16 – 18 U. Mi – Fr, 12 – 18.30 U, Sa, 12 – 16 U. https://artforumutebarth.com/

 

CANADA

Postponed, Swallowfield Farm, 7296 Telegraph Trail, Langley, BC: A Creature Chronicle. Considering Creation: Faith and Fable. Fact and Fiction”. The artist Betty Spackman created a 15-panel double-sided circular art installation about 24 feet in diameter and 8 feet high. The painted and collaged images taken from a multitude of art, science and faith references are meant to provoke contemplation and conversation about the difficult questions of what it is to be human. From the stories of genesis to the still-being-written stories of contemporary bioscience, layers of concern and celebration are woven together around our complex philosophical debates about creation in the context of developing post/trans humanism. The intent of this exhibition is to create conversations around pertinent, timely questions of what it is to be human and the various narratives about our origins and future as human beings. Speakers for the Symposium include National and International Scientists and Artists. This exhibition presents the Christian Faith in relation to Science and the Arts. Panel speakers are both Christian and non-Christian scholars and artists. Ma, tu, th, 10 – 16 h, sa, 12 – 16 h. We, reserved bookings for classes & groups, contact Betty Spackman at spackmanbetty@gmail.com. https://www.swallowfield.ca/a-creature-chronicle

 

USA

16 October 2018 – 4 October 2020, MET, New York: In Praise of Painting. Dutch Masterpieces at the Met. Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century—the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer—have been a highlight of The Met collection since the Museum's founding purchase in 1871. This exhibition brings together some of the Museum's greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in seventeenth-century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. The exhibition provides a fresh perspective on the canon and parameters of the Dutch Golden Age by uniting paintings from Benjamin Altman's bequest, the Robert Lehman Collection, and the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection. Works typically displayed separately in the Museum's galleries—such as Rembrandt's Gerard de Lairesse and Lairesse's own Apollo and Aurora—are presented side by side, producing a visually compelling narrative about the tensions between realism and idealism during this period. The presentation also provides the opportunity to conserve and display rarely exhibited paintings, including Margareta Haverman's A Vase of Flowers—one of only two known paintings by the artist and the only painting by an early modern Dutch woman currently in The Met collection. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defense of realism in art. Hours: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/in-praise-of-painting-dutch-masterpieces

21 March – 15 November, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Rembrandt in Conversation. A main thread in the history of art is the centuries-long conversation between artists. Many paid attention to what others had done or were doing and then responded— sometimes obviously, sometimes not; sometimes approvingly, sometimes not. Rembrandt was an avid participant in the discussion. He had a tremendous knowledge of historical art. He also had a competitive streak. This exhibition takes a sample of Rembrandt’s prints and puts them in the company of art that triggered his interest. Also included is the work of other artists reacting to Rembrandt. We can almost hear the ideas bouncing around the room. Tu – Su, 10 – 17 h (Th & Fr until 21 h). https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/rembrandt-in-conversation/

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. http://www.allentownartmuseum.org

 

AUSTRALIA

12 September – 24 October, McGlade Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield gate 3, 25 A Barker Road, Strathfield N.S.W.: 3 Abstract Painters: Julienne Harris, Doug Purnell, Jeannette Siebols. Mo – sa, 11 – 16 h. https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/faculties-directorates-and-staff/faculty-of-education-and-arts/acu-galleries/acu-mcglade-gallery-at-strathfield

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