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Exhibitions 2020

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AUSTRIA

4 October – 30 August 2020, Dom Museum, Stephansplatz 6, Wien/Vienna: Family Matters. Beziehungen zwischen Familienmitgliedern prägen unser Leben, heute wie damals. Ausgehend von dem Wandel, den der Begriff Familie durchlebt, geht die Ausstellung der Frage nach, wie sich die unterschiedlichen Familienkonstellationen, ihre Bedingungen und Auswirkungen auf Individuum und Gesellschaft in der Kunst spiegeln. Von der Ein-Eltern-Familie über Sippenverbände bis zu „gewählten“ Familien zeigt sich durch die Epochen und in unterschiedlichsten Medien – Plastik, Grafik, Malerei, Fotografie und Videokunst – ein vielschichtiges Bild von dem, was Familie sein kann. Dabei steht die innere Dynamik der zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen im Vordergrund. Nähe und Konflikte können an feinen, innerbildlichen Nuancen abgelesen werden. Auch gesellschaftspolitische oder ökonomische Zusammenhänge erschließen sich durch die Art der Repräsentation der Individuen in der Gruppe, durch ihr Umfeld oder ihre Haltung. Öffnungszeiten: http://www.dommuseum.at/de/besuch/

6 November – 6 April 2020, Arnulf Rainer Museum, Josefspl. 5, Baden: Revue. 90 Jahre Arnulf Rainer, 10 Jahre Museum. Anhand von 90 Werken aus acht Jahrzehnten - alle Leihgaben kommen direkt aus dem Atelier des Künstlers - bietet die Ausstellung einen umfassenden Einblick in das malerische Schaffen Arnulf Rainers. Folgende Werkphasen sind in der Ausstellung zu sehen: die surrealistischen Zeichnungen der späten 1940er-Jahre; die frühen Zentral- und Vertikalgestaltungen und die monochromen Übermalungen der 1950er-Jahre; die großen Zyklen der „Face Farces“ und „Body Poses“, der Verrenkungen, der „Frauensprache“ und der „Kunst über Kunst“ sowie die gestischen Hand- und Fingermalereien ab den 1960er-Jahren; die Übermalungen naturwissenschaftlicher und anatomischer Studien ab Mitte der 1980er; die kontemplativen Kosmos-, „Geologica“- und Schleierbilder ab den 1990er-Jahren; Arnulf Rainers Spätwerk ab 2000 bis aktuell. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.arnulf-rainer-museum.at/de/infos-und-kontakt/

 

BELGIUM

20 September 2019 – 26 January 2020, M-Museum Leuven, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven: Borman and Sons. The Finest Image-Carver. Jan Borman was a medieval sculptor – the best according to some – and a shrewd businessman. His workshop in Brussels was much in demand and it was there that Borman taught his sons not only his masterly skills but also his commercial acumen. He was technically brilliant, but above all an innovator with a large number of followers. This autumn, M is bringing together over 100 sculptures in a unique retrospective exhibition on the Borman phenomenon. Hours: https://www.mleuven.be/en/practical-information https://www.mleuven.be/en/borman

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

5 October 2019 – 26 January 2020, Museum Snijders&Rockoxhuis, Keizerstraat 10-12, Antwerp: Jan Brueghel the Elder: A Magnificent Draughtsman. In 2019, Flanders and Brussels are looking back the crucial role that Pieter Bruegel the Elder played in the art-historical landscape of the sixteenth century. The 450th anniversary of his death is a great opportunity to rediscover the artist’s work and that of his son Jan Brueghel the Elder. The Snyders&Rockox House is taking a closer look at the drawings of Jan Brueghel I (1568–1625), son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and brother of Pieter the Younger. Together with Peter Paul Rubens, Jan was one of the most successful Flemish artists of the first quarter of the seventeenth century. He was at home in every market – an inspired painter of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, historical themes, hunting scenes and allegorical and mythological subjects. Jan is seen as the inventor of the floral still, but he was also an important innovator in the depiction of landscapes, in which his father’s artistic legacy and his visit to Italy played no small part. Hours: https://www.snijdersrockoxhuis.be/en/plan-your-visit/practical/opening-hours-prices

1 February – 30 April, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Fernand Scribedreef 1, Ghent: Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution. In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent pays tribute to Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441) with the exhibition ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’. Worldwide only approximately twenty works by this artist have been preserved. On this exceptional occasion, a substantial amount of these will travel to Ghent, where they will be shown alongside works by his most talented peers.Centerpieces of this exhibition are the restored outer panels of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. Visitors will be able to marvel close-up at the spectacular result of the restoration, and witness the panels in direct dialogue with Van Eyck’s other works of art. This provides the opportunity to re-evaluate his art and its historical context. To make Van Eyck’s optical revolution come to life, his paintings will furthermore be exhibited next to works by his most talented peers from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. They too moved in exalted circles and received prestigious commissions. By presenting these pieces alongside one another, the Ghent exhibition zooms in on their artistic differences and similarities. 9.30 – 19 h (ma, vr, za tot 23 h). https://vaneyck2020.be/en/

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ENGLAND

11 September 2019 - 2 February 2020, Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London: William Blake. William Blake was a painter, printmaker and poet who created some of the most iconic images in British art. Radical and rebellious, he is an inspiration to visual artists, musicians, poets and performers worldwide. His personal struggles in a period of political terror and oppression, his technical innovation, his vision and political commitment, have perhaps never been more pertinent. Inside the exhibition will be an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. You will be able to experience for yourself the impact these works had when they were shown for the first time. In another room, Blake’s dream of showing his works at enormous scale will be made reality using digital technology. With over 300 original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years. It will rediscover him as a visual artist for the 21st century. Hours http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britainhttps://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/william-blake-artist

4 October 2019 – 2 February 2020, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road,  Dulwich Village, London: Rembrandt’s Light. 2019 is The Year of Rembrandt with celebrations taking place throughout Europe to mark 350 years since the artist’s death (1669). Dulwich Picture Gallery will stage London’s Rembrandt moment with an innovative exhibition that aims to refresh the way that we look at works by this incomparable Dutch Master. Along with many firsts, this show will bring the captivating painting Philemon and Baucis (National Gallery of Art, Washington) to the UK for the first time. Rembrandt’s Light will bring together 35 carefully selected international loans that focus on Rembrandt’s mastery of light and visual storytelling, concentrating on his greatest years from 1639-1658, when he lived in his ideal house at Breestraat in the heart of Amsterdam (today the Museum Het Rembrandthuis). Its striking, light-infused studio was the site for the creation of Rembrandt’s most exceptional paintings, prints and drawings including The Denial of St Peter and The Artist’s Studio. Hours: https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/planning-your-visit/opening-times/https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2019/october/rembrandts-light/

17 October – 26 January 2020, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London: Pre-Raphealite Sisters. This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais(nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, the exhibition reveals the women behind the pictures. Through paintings, photographs, manuscripts and personal items, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters explores the significant roles they played as artists, models, muses and helpmeets who supported and sustained the artistic output of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Hours: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/plan-your-visit

15 November – 16 February, The International Slavery Museum, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool: 'Am I not a woman and a sister' by Elizabeth Kwant with Jean-François Manicom. "Am I not a woman and a sister is a new moving image installation by Manchester-based artist Elizabeth Kwant, co-created with female survivors of modern day slavery in partnership with Liverpool charity City Hearts. The work is the culmination of a year-long project researching the archives and collection of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, seeking to better understand the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its connections to the North West of England - Kwant’s birthplace and the place she calls home. Through objects, actions, sound, and repetitive movements, the film reflects upon colonial slavery and its ongoing legacy in modern Britain, raising questions of colonial history and human trafficking today. This installation has been supported by Arts Council England, International Slavery Museum and City Hearts." Hours: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/visit/

30 November – 31 January 2020, The Manger Gallery, Kings Newton Fields, Melbourne, Derbyshire: The William Blake Project. The personal responses of eight artists to the life, work and ideas of William Blake, including oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, charcoal drawings, stitched textiles, lettering, and hand-made books.  Work by Michael Cook, Elizabeth Forrest, Michelle Holmes, Rebecca Mercer, Duncan Pass, John Rattigan, Sarah Sharpe & Anna Thomas. This traveling exhibition starts at The Manger Gallery before continuing at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in 2020. The Manger Gallery is open by appointment, please phone or email ahead of your visit. 01332 862365 or michaelrcook@btinternet.com.

1 January – 31 January, Lincoln Cathedral, Minster Yard, Lincoln: Our Sacred Journey: People of the Bible. The exhibition of his works, entitled ‘Our Sacred Journey: People of the Bible’ challenges us to reconsider our lives as a sacred journey, a pilgrimage, and to recognise ourselves as being holy and special to God. The Bible is full of people who are exploring every shade of life’s ups-and-downs. Many of its stories and characters can inspire us to recognise God at work in our own lives, and encourage us to see our life as part of this bigger story of humankind; in all its awe, wonder, and sometimes in its humour. This exhibition shows the results of a process of exploring Bible characters and reflecting on our life journey as special to God – we are invited to recognise that we too are on a sacred journey, a journey of belief and of faith. https://lincolncathedral.com/forthcoming-events/lincoln-cathedral-artist-in-residence-exhibition-our-sacred-journey-people-of-the-bible/

15 April – 5 July, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London: Sin. Sin has permeated life since the earliest days. But until now the story of its relation to art has never been told.  Bringing together works of art that span centuries – from Bruegel and Velázquez to Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin – this exhibition explores the concept of sin in art. Defined universally as a regrettable fault, offence or omission, sin is something everyone can relate to. In Christianity, it is considered a transgression against divine law and many of the world’s major religions have similar concepts. This exhibition looks at complex theological ideas and depictions of ‘sinful’ everyday behaviour that blur the boundaries between religious and secular art. A concept that is universal, but at the same time highly personal, the exhibition asks you to define your own meaning of ‘Sin’. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/sin https://www.yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781857096651&nat=false&sort=%24rank&sf1=keyword&st1=sin&m=2&dc=39

 

FRANCE

16 October – 10 February 2020, Grand Palais, Galerie sud-est, Winston Churchill Entrance, avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8ème: Greco. This retrospective is the first major exhibition in France ever to be dedicated to this artist. Born in Crete in 1541, Domenico Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco, undertook his initial apprenticeship in the Byzantine tradition before refining his training in Venice and then Rome. However, it was in Spain that his art flourished, firmly taking root from the 1577s. Attracted by the incredible promise of the El Escorial site, the artist brought Titian’s colour, Tintoretto’s audacity and Michelangelo’s heroic style. This eloquent combination, original yet consistent with his own way, gave El Greco (who died four years after Caravaggio) a unique place in the history of painting, as the last grand master of the Renaissance and the first great painter of the Golden Age. Rediscovered in the late 19th century, celebrated by authors, acknowledged and embraced by the 20th century avant-garde, the artist has enjoyed the dual prestige of tradition and modernity, linking Titian to the Fauvists and Mannerism to Cubism, Expressionism, Vorticism and Abstraction up to the Action painting.   https://www.grandpalais.fr/en/grand-palais-public-entrances-0

24 October – 20 January, Musée de Cluny, 8 rue Du Sommerard, Paris : Embroidery in the Middle Ages. Embroidery is a luxury art using valuable materials, making it symbolic of a certain social status and a commodity used in trade and commerce. Clothing, caparisons, purses and altar frontals were adorned with coats of arms and religious and secular scenes by talented craftspeople whose expertise developed in accordance with the period and region in which they worked. In the Church and in the homes of rich and powerful families, embroidery adorned walls, furniture and clothing, in secular and holy designs of gold, silver and silk. The exhibition takes you through the main embroidery production centres and areas, transporting you from the Germanic regions to Italy via the Meuse region, Flanders and the Low Countries, England and France. It also provides an overview of the role medieval embroidery played from an artistic and social point of view, covering techniques, manufacturing processes and the relationships between sponsors, embroiderers, painters and merchants. The Musée de Cluny has one of the finest collections of 12th- to 16th-century embroidery, including the famous leopards tapestry, a royal caparison that was later made into a chasuble. These works, which have recently been restored, now have new lighting thanks to loans from major institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels. Four "Lives of saints" scenes, which are among the finest examples to come out of Florence, are beautifully displayed together. The Cluny's embroidered panel depicting "The miraculous healing at the tomb of Saint Martin" interrelates with one from the same collection at the Museum of Textiles in Lyon, produced by two artists working for King René of Anjou: the painter Barthélémy d’Eyck and the embroiderer Pierre du Billant. Hours: https://www.musee-moyenage.fr/visiter/informations-pratiques.html

24 October – 24 February 2020, Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris : Leonardo da Vinci. The year 2019 marks the 500-year anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci in France, of particular importance for the Louvre, which holds the largest collection in the world of da Vinci’s paintings, as well as 22 drawings. The museum is seizing the opportunity in this year of commemorations to gather as many of the artist’s paintings as possible around the five core works in its collections: The Virgin of the Rocks, La Belle Ferronnière, the Mona Lisa (which will remain in the gallery where it is normally displayed), the Saint John the Baptist, and the Saint Anne. The objective is to place them alongside a wide array of drawings as well as a small but significant series of paintings and sculptures from the master’s circle. This unprecedented retrospective of da Vinci’s painting career will illustrate how he placed utmost importance on painting, and how his  investigation of the world, which he referred to as “the science of painting,” was the instrument of his art, seeking nothing less than to bring life to his paintings. The exhibition is the culmination of more than ten years of work, notably including new scientific examinations of the Louvre’s paintings, and the conservation treatment of three of them, allowing for better understanding of da Vinci’s artistic practice and pictorial technique. Clarification of his biography has also emerged through the exhaustive reexamination of archival documents. The exhibition will paint the portrait of a man and an artist of extraordinary freedom. Hours: https://www.louvre.fr/en/hours-admission-directions

 

GERMANY  

3 August – 26 January 2020, Draiflessen Collection, Georgstraße 18, Mettingen: Teil 2 der Ausstellungstrilogie „Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung“. Die Liebe ist allgegenwärtig: Nicht nur in Romanen, Filmen oder Liedern steht sie als starkes Gefühl, emotionale Kraft oder unerreichbares Ideal im Mittelpunkt, sondern sie ist immer auch Teil gesellschaftlicher Diskurse. Wie lieben wir? Wen lieben wir? Und warum? Und was passiert, wenn die Liebe einmal aufhört? Die Ausstellung folgt dem ersten Teil —  „Glaube" — der Trilogie „Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung“ und nähert sich dem Begriff Liebe. Sie beschreibt Liebe als eine Form (besonderer) sozialer Beziehungen und Bindungen. Nicht die Liebe als kurzlebigen Affekt oder leidenschaftliches Gefühl nimmt die Ausstellung in den Blick. Ihr Augenmerk richtet sich vielmehr auf Liebe als Qualitätsmerkmal zwischenmenschlicher Verhältnisse. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.draiflessen.com/articles?a_type=visit&locale=de

13 September – 26 January, Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstraße 1, München: Markus Lüpertz. Über die Kunst zum Bild. Markus Lüpertz (*1941) zählt zu den zentralen Künstlerfiguren der deutschen Nachkriegszeit. Er hat die moderne Malerei seit den 1960er-Jahren entscheidend mitgeprägt. Die Ausstellung im Haus der Kunst stellt die Lebenskraft des uralten Mediums Malerei in den Fokus und beleuchtet erstmals den seriellen Charakter in Lüpertz‘ bildnerischem Schaffen. Anhand von über 200 Gemälden und Zeichnungen, viele aus internationalen Sammlungen, zeigt sie, wie Lüpertz ein auf inneren Zusammenhängen basierendes Werk entwickelt hat, das von einer filmischen Sichtweise geprägt ist. Die kinematische Seh- und Leseweise ermöglicht einen neuen frischen Blick auf sein künstlerisches Œuvre. Öffnungszeiten: https://hausderkunst.de/informationen

12 October - 23 February 2020, Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen Passau, Bräugasse 17, Passau: Arnulf Rainer und Karl Schleinkofer. Arnulf Rainer (*1929 in Baden/Wien, lebt und arbeitet in Österreich und auf Teneriffa) zählt zu den wichtigsten österreichischen Künstlern der Gegenwart. Anlässlich seines 90. Geburtstags widmet ihm das MMK Passau eine Ausstellung mit zum Teil erstmals öffentlich gezeigten Werken, ergänzt durch Arbeiten des Passauer Künstlers Karl Schleinkofer (*1951 in Passau, lebt und arbeitet ebd.). Beide Künstler haben zeitweise in demselben Atelierhaus gearbeitet, und sie verbindet nicht nur eine tiefe gegenseitige Wertschätzung, sondern auch ein verwandter künstlerischer Ansatz. In dessen Zentrum steht der malerische Gestus, der physische Aspekt von Malerei. In seinen späten Werken reduziert Rainer den körperlichen Aktionsradius durch die Wahl eines kleineren Formates, das er zugleich durch leuchtkräftige Farben belebt. Konträr dazu konzentriert sich Schleinkofer in seinen Arbeiten auf Schwarz und Weiß, die sich im malerisch-skripturalen Gestus zu Tiefe erzeugenden Grautönen vermischen. Der Faktor Zeit spielt ebenfalls eine wesentliche Rolle, ebenso wie das Vexierspiel mit der Präsenz des Striches und der Absenz des Schöpfers. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.mmk-passau.de/besucherinformationen/informationen

19 October – 1 March 2020, Kunsthalle Bremen, Am Wall 207, Bremen: Icons: Adoration and Worship. Ikonen. Was wir Menschen anbeten. Je Raum präsentiert die Schau jeweils nur ein Werk – von der russischen Ikone bis zu Andy Warhol. Mit 60 Stars in 60 Räumen geht die Schau der Frage nach, wie sich auch heute noch mit dem Begriff der Ikone kultische Verehrung und die Idee des Übersinnlichen verbinden. In der ganz auf das einzelne Kunstwerk konzentrierten Inszenierung werden  Aspekte von Spiritualität, Andacht und Anbetung präsentiert. Werke von Caspar David Friedrich, Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malewitsch, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky und Kehinde Wiley werden dabei ergänzt durch alltägliche „Ikonen“ aus der Markenwelt und Popkultur wie Marilyn Monroe, Beyoncé und YouTuberin „Bibi“. https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/en/plan-your-visit/your-visit ; https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/en/view/exhibitions/list/upcoming

22 October – 16 February 2020, Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, Luisenstraße 33, München: Lebensmenschen. Alexej von Jawlensky (1864–1941) und Marianne von Werefkin (1860–1938) waren als Künstlerpaar fast dreißig Jahre eng miteinander verbunden. In einer ungewöhnlichen Ausstellungsarchitektur fügen sich die einzelnen Stationen ihres künstlerischen Schaffens zu einem Panorama von über 190 Werken zusammen. Inspiriert von der thematischen Idee der Lebensmenschen, finden in der Architektur die vielfältigen gegenseitigen Ergänzungen und Irrwege ihren Platz. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.lenbachhaus.de/ihr-besuch/oeffnungszeiten/

23 October – 16 February 2020, Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, Frankfurt: Making Van Gogh. Geschichte einer deutschen Liebe. Im Zentrum der Ausstellung steht die Entstehung des „Mythos van Gogh“ um 1900 sowie die Bedeutung seiner Kunst für die Moderne in Deutschland. Den Kern bilden 50 zentrale Werke von Vincent van Gogh aus allen Schaffensphasen. Einfluss und Wirkung van Goghs auf die nachfolgende Generation veranschaulichen in der Ausstellung 70 Werke von deutschen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.staedelmuseum.de/de/informationen-service

26 October – 2 February 2020, Museum Barberini, Humboldtstraße 5-6, Potsdam: Van Gogh. Stillleben. Van Gogh-Experten untersuchen das Genre Stillleben im Werk des Künstlers. Von seinem ersten Gemälde bis zu den farbstarken Blumenbildern der späten Jahre hat Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) immer wieder Stillleben gemalt. In diesem Genre konnte er malerische Mittel und Möglichkeiten erproben: von der Vergewisserung der niederländischen Tradition des 17. Jahrhunderts – zunächst an Rembrandt, später an Jan Davidsz de Heem orientiert, über die Erfassung des Raums mit Licht und Schatten bis zum Experimentieren mit der Farbe. Van Goghs Reaktionen auf den Impressionismus zeigen sich in den Stillleben ebenso wie seine Verarbeitung von Einflüssen japanischer Farbholzschnitte. Auch in seinen Briefen ging Van Gogh immer wieder auf die Bedeutung der Stillleben für die Entwicklung seines Œuvres ein. Von den rund 800 Gemälden, die im Laufe seines Schaffens entstanden sind, sind 167 Stillleben. Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass sich bisher noch nie eine monographische Ausstellung der Gattung des Stilllebens bei Van Gogh gewidmet hat. Öffnungszeiten https://www.museum-barberini.com/ihr-besuch/

8 November – 8 March, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Hans-Thoma-Straße 2, Karlsruhe: Hans Baldung Grien. Sacred, Profane. Living in a time of redical upheaval characterized by the Protestant Reformation with its iconoclasm and the Great Peasants’ Revolt, he created novel and often eccentric works. His highly expressive paintings, virtuoso drawings and powerful woodcuts remain fascinating to this day. Never satisfied with common achievements, he was always in search of original forms of expression and structured his creative work along two axes: sacred art on the one hand (imposing retables, luminous stained-glass windows and intimate devotional pictures), and profane works on the other (expressive portraits, depictions of contemporary or ancient scenes, enigmatic paintings. The masterworks from the Karlsruhe collection are complemented by some 200 loans from museums in London, Paris, Prague, Madrid, Vienna, Basel, Nuremberg, New York, Florence, Warsaw and Copenhagen. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h. https://www.kunsthalle-karlsruhe.de/en/

10 November – 26 February 2020, Stiftung St. Matthäus, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin: Norbert Bisky – POMPA. In seiner neuen Ausstellung greift Norbert Bisky dreißig Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer die Frage nach den Leitbildern unserer Zeit auf. Mit einer aufwändigen Deckeninstallation älterer und neuer Werke zeigt Norbert Bisky seinen Blick auf die Welt nach 1989 in einer dystopischen Himmelslandschaft: „Pompa“ (lat. „Geleit/Leitung“) bezeichnete im alten Rom religiöse Festprozessionen mit Götter- und Ahnenbildern. Welchen Göttern huldigen wir heute? Welche Bilder prägen heute unser kulturelles und religiöses Gedächtnis? Die Ausstellung findet parallel zur Ausstellung „RANT“ von Norbert Bisky in der Villa Schöningen in Potsdam statt. Während „POMPA“ den Fokus auf die Nachwendezeit legt, richtet „RANT“ den Blick auf die Wendezeit und davor. Kooperation mit der KÖNIG GALERIE Berlin.   https://www.stiftung-stmatthaeus.de/programm/ausstellungen/veranstaltung/norbert-bisky-pompa-1/

12 October – 23 February, Museum Moderner Kunst, Bräugasse 17, Passau: Arnulf Rainer und Karl Schleinkofer. Zum 90. Geburtstag von Arnulf Rainer zeigt das Museum neue Arbeiten des großen Österreichers. 13 Jahre lang teilte er sich das Atelier mit dem Passauer Künstler Karl Schleinkofer, weshalb er ihn eingeladen hat, mit ihm auszustellen. Das Besondere der Ausstellung ist, dass die meisten Werke zum ersten Mal gezeigt werden! Öffnungszeiten: https://www.mmk-passau.de/besucherinformationen/informationen

30 November 2019 – 8 March 2020, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Hans Thoma Strasse 2-6, Karlsruhe: Hans Baldung Grien. Er war einer der eigenwilligsten Künstler des 16. Jahrhunderts: Hans Baldung, genannt Grien (1484/85 – 1545). Als origineller Interpret traditioneller und Erfinder neuer Bildthemen schuf Baldung intime Andachtsbilder und imposante Altarwerke, sinnliche Allegorien und Aktdarstellungen, drastische Hexenszenen, humanistische Denkbilder und markante Porträts. Den tiefgreifenden Umwälzungen seines Zeitalters setzte er ein höchst individuelles, oftmals exzentrisches und stets faszinierendes Werk entgegen, das neben koloristisch ausdrucksstarken Tafelgemälden virtuose Zeichnungen und kraftvolle Holzschnitte umfasst.Di – So, 10 – 18 U.   https://www.kunsthalle-karlsruhe.de/ausstellung/hans-baldung-grien/

30 November – 26 January 2020, Museum am Dom, Bischof-Stein-Platz 1, Trier: Krippen aus dem Grödnertal - 200 Jahre Schnitzkunst. Mit Leihgaben aus dem Museum Gherdëina in St. Ulrich (Südtirol) sowie zahlreichen privaten Leihgaben erhalten Sie einen Einblick in die Geschichte der Krippen-Schnitzkunst im Grödnertal vom Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts bis heute. Einen ersten Aufschwung erlebte die Krippenschnitzkunst nach dem Verbot der öffentlichen Krippen durch Kaiser Josef II. im Jahre 1782. So entstanden in der Zeit des Biedermeier erstmals Krippen in großer Zahl für private Haushalte. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.bistum-trier.de/museum/

13 December – 26 April 2020, Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin: Raphael in Berlin. The Madonnas of the Gemäldegalerie. As part of the Raphael anniversary celebrations in 2020, the Gemäldegalerie will be putting on a one-room show that brings together five Madonnas from their collection, which will be accompanied by loans from the National Gallery in London and the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. Monday 6 April 2020 will mark 500 years since the death of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (born 6 April or 28 March 1483 in Urbino, died 6 April 1520 in Rome), one of the major artists of the Italian Renaissance. This occasion offers a chance to bring together the five depictions of the Virgin Mary from the collection of the Gemäldegalerie in a one-room show. The works, which are otherwise not exhibited in the same space, will come together here, entering into a dialogue with loans from the National Gallery in London and the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett. For the first time, the Terranuova Madonna tondo (ca. 1505) will be on display together with Raphael’s preliminary drawing for the head of the Terranuova Madonna from the Kupferstichkabinett. Hours: https://www.smb.museum/en/plan-your-visit/special-opening-hours-during-public-holidays.html

20 December – 22 March, Albrecht Dürer's House, Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, Nuremberg and eight other museums in Nuremberg: Michael Wolgemut – Not Just Dürer's Teacher. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Albrecht Dürer's teacher, the Nuremberg painter Michael Wolgemut (1434/37–1519). As an artistic polymath, Wolgemut’s core business was making winged altarpieces and panel paintings, but he also produced stained glass windows for churches and woodcuts, including the illustrations for the famed Nuremberg Chronicle (this was not a newspaper, but rather a Bible-based history of the world). An invaluable body of drawings that were used as models and working materials in his studio has also survived. The exhibition, which is spread across nine locations in Nuremberg and Schwabach, sheds new light on Wolgemut's artistic activity. https://museums.nuernberg.de/albrecht-duerer-house/events/exhibition-michael-wolgemut/

17 January – 21 March, DG Galerie, Finkenstraße 4, München: Ritual und Obsession. In der Gruppenausstellung  geht es um künstlerische Tätigkeiten, die in den Alltag der Ausübenden, meist nach einem genau ausgeklügelten Stundenplan, fest integriert wurden. Claudia Starkloff fertigt aus Golddraht Pflanzen für ein Gewächshaus, Lars Koepsel schreibt ganze Bücher ab, ausgewählte Videoarbeiten verschiedener KünstlerInnen verhandeln das Thema der Wiederholung und ihrer Bedeutung für unser Leben. Di – Fr, 12 – 18 U. http://www.dg-kunstraum.de/vorschauwieder-und-wieder-ritual-kontemplation-obsessiongruppenausstellungeroeffnung-do-16-1-2020-18-bis-21-uhr/

 

HUNGARY

30 October – 16 February 2020, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Dózsa György út 41, Budapest: Rubens, Van Dyck and the Splendour of Flemish Painting. The exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts running from late October showcases the Golden Age of Flemish painting through the art of the foremost Baroque master of European art, Peter Paul Rubens, and that of his contemporaries. The 120 or so displayed works have been loaned from forty prominent public collections, including the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Prado in Madrid, the National Gallery in Washington DC and the National Gallery in London. In addition to almost thirty masterpieces by Rubens and more than a dozen by Van Dyck, visitors will be able to see excellent works by other Flemish masters too. For hours: https://www.mfab.hu

 

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

17 October – 8 March 2020, MAXXI, National Museum for 21st Art, Via Guido Reni, 4A, Rome: On the Spiritual Matter of Art. What does it mean today to talk about spirituality? on the spiritual matter of art is a project that investigates the issue of the spiritual through the lens of contemporary art and, at the same time, that of the ancient history of Rome. In a layout offering diverse possible paths, the exhibition features the works of 19 artists, leading names on the international scene from very different backgrounds and cultures. In a rigorously non-confessional vision, the exhibition, therefore, brings together works of contemporary art with a selection of archaeological relics from the capital’s leading museums: the Vatican Museums, the National Roman Museum, the Capitoline Museums and the National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia. Hours: https://www.maxxi.art/en/events/della-materia-spirituale-dell-arte/

11 December – 29 February 2020, Braccio di Carlo Magno, St. Peter's Square, Vatican City: The Signs of the Sacred – The Imprints of the Real. Twentieth-century Graphic Arts in the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums, curated by Francesca Boschetti. The exhibition presents for the first time an extraordinary selection of about 150 graphics, mostly unpublished, selected from about four thousand works that make up the entire collection of prints, engravings, drawings and photographs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries of the Vatican collections. A "hidden treasure" whose life, stored in folders and protected from light, is normally far from the eye of the public. The exhibition is a special occasion to see up close masterpieces by Edvard Munch, Paul Klee, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio Morandi, Felice Casorati, Piero Dorazio, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde, Georges Rouault. These artworks are sometimes accompanied by paintings and sculptures by the same artists, who have iconographic or chronological connections with the prints. Mo – Sa, 10 – 18 h, except Wed: 14 – 18 h. Closed on holidays. 

 

THE NETHERLANDS   

14 April 2019 – 29 March 2020, Stadhuismuseum Zierikzee, Meelstraat 6, Zierikzee: Franchoys Ryckhals. A Master from Zeeland in the Golden Age. Franchoys Ryckhals, painter and draftsman from Middelburg, was active from circa 1630 to 1647. A large volume of about 120 of his paintings and drawings are known, indicating a succesful care Ryckhals was largely forgotten in the eighteenth century, but was re-discovered in 1917. Much of his work consists of farmhouse interiors with livestock, vegetables and people. He also painted rural landscapes, a few in with a biblical theme, and fish on the beach as well as still-lifes with valuables. Although Ryckhals was rediscovered in the nineteenth century he remains unknown to the general public. The Stadsmuseum Zierikzee is about to bring the artist into the limelight. The exhibition includes works from the Goedaert Collectie, as well as loans from the Mauritshuis, the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem, the Elsene museum in Brussel, the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg, and several private collections. Hours (in Dutch): https://www.stadhuismuseum.nl/bezoek-het-museum/bezoekersinformatie/ https://www.stadhuismuseum.nl/franchoys-ryckhals-een-zeeuwse-meester-uit-de-gouden-eeuw/

21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020, Rembrandt House Museum, Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam: Rembrandt Laboratory. Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled. How did Rembrandt make his paintings and etchings? And how do we go about investigating this today? In the autumn of 2019, the museum will create a laboratory-like setting, in which the new insights and the master’s secrets will be revealed. Discover how a drawing by Rembrandt has changed over the centuries, see what was added to an etching by others and consider the dilemmas of researchers and conservators. Hours: https://www.rembrandthuis.nl/ticket-shop/prices-and-information/?lang=en https://www.rembrandthuis.nl/exhibitions/upcoming/?lang=en

11 October 2019 – 19 January 2020, Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam: Rembrandt - Velázquez: Dutch and Spanish masters. An outstanding selection of paintings by Dutch and Spanish masters of the 17th century will be presented, including for the first time some of the greatest pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn, Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Bartolomé Murillo, Johannes Vermeer and Francisco Zurbarán, amongst other outstanding figures. In partnership with the Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid), this unprecedented exhibition will mark the 200 year anniversary of the Prado and the Year of Rembrandt in 2019. 9 – 17 h. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/exhibitions-expected/rembrandt-velazquez-dutch-and-spanish-masters

11 October 2019 – 16 February 2020, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Sint Agathaplein, Delft: Pieter de Hooch in Delft. From the Shadow of Vermeer. The first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the famous 17th-century painter Pieter de Hooch will be presented at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. Together with Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch is widely considered to be the most celebrated Delft master of the 17th century. His most beautiful courtyards and interiors will return to the city where they were painted almost 400 years ago. Hours: https://prinsenhof-delft.nl/pieterdehooch/?lang=en

2 November – 9 February 2020, Museum De Lakenhal, Oude Singel 28-32, Leiden: Young Rembrandt – Rising Star. It will be the first time that an exhibition will be devoted exclusively to the earliest works by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669). The public will look over the painter’s shoulder, as it were, and see his talent bloom. Paintings the world-famous master made in Leiden, will return to his birth town almost 400 years later. The exhibition will show the development of Rembrandt’s exceptional talent in the period from 1624 to 1634. He never chose for … and always searched for new insights and possibilities. He was a true explorer and innovator. In these first ten years Rembrandt laid the foundation for his later work. That foundation led to Rembrandt’s fame and contributed greatly to the character of Dutch painting in the seventeenth century. Open: https://www.lakenhal.nl/nl/verhaal/bezoekersinformatie-praktische-informatie

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SCOTLAND

27 October 2018 – 20 January 2020, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh: Art and Analysis: Two Netherlandish Painters working in Jacobean Scotland. Focusing on the artists Adrian Vanson and Adam de Colone, this small exhibition presents the findings of a collaborative research project with the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) Conservation and Curatorial departments and paintings conservator Dr. Caroline Rae who was the Caroline Villers Research Fellow for the academic year 2016-17. NGS has been jointly hosting (with the Courtauld Institute of Art) Caroline, whose research is primarily focused on the technical examination of five paintings attributed to Adrian Vanson and eight paintings attributed to Adam de Colone in the NGS collection.  She has also examined a further portrait attributed to Vanson, Sir John Maitland, 1st Lord Maitland of Thirlestane, in the National Trust collection at Ham House. This painting will be on display as part of the exhibition. 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: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-gallery

 

SWITZERLAND

4 May 2019 – 5 April 2020, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Museumstrasse 32, St. Gallen: Altmeister – Geschichten: Die Schenkung Maria und Johannes Krüppel-Stärk. Das Ehepaar Maria und Johannes Krüppel-Stärk hat dem Kunstmuseum  St. Gallen seine grossartige Kollektion vermacht: 57 Gemälde, 89 Zeichnungen, 1 358 Druckgrafiken niederländischer und deutscher Herkunft vom 15. bis zum 17. Jahrhundert. Das St.Galler Altmeisterwunder findet so eine wunderbare Fortsetzung, insbesondere dank der reichen Grafiksammlung, die den Altmeister-Bestand grundlegend erweitert. Herausragend sind die religiösen Szenen der deutschen Kupferstecher, allen voran Schongauer und Dürer. Einen weiteren Schwerpunkt bildet die Landschaftsdarstellung, wobei die Entwicklung von der flämischen Gebirgsphantasie zur «realistischen» holländischen Flachlandschaft im Zentrum steht: Viele grosse Namen, von Bruegel d. Ä. über van Ruisdael bis zu Rembrandt, sind mit Hauptblättern vertreten. Ausgesuchte holländische Zeichnungen, etwa von van Goyen, ergänzen perfekt die vorhandenen Werkgruppen der betreffenden Künstler und Stilrichtungen. Ebenso führen Gemälde von Cuyp, van Kessel und Ruysch völlig neue ikonografische Aspekte in die Sammlung ein. Altmeister-Geschichten wird den magistralen Zuwachs in thematischen Facetten präsentieren und vielfältig in Bezug setzen zur bestehenden Sammlung. Öffnungszeiten: https://www.kunstmuseumsg.ch/ihr-besuch/kunstmuseum.html#c1172 ;   https://www.kunstmuseumsg.ch/unser-programm/aktuelle-ausstellungen/altmeister-geschichten/

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

26 August – 26 April 2020, Frauenklinik Fontana, Lürlibadstrasse 118, Chur: Hans Thoman Skulpturenausstellung. Die Ausstellung ist jederzeit frei zugänglich. http://hansthomann.com/

15 November – 22 February 2020, Kloster Dornach, Restaurant Hotel Kultur Kirche, Amthausstrasse 7, Dornach: Caroline Fink im Kreuzgang des Klosters Dornach, Fotografien zum Thema „Silence“: „Die Stille ist nicht nichts. Sie ist viel mehr. Vielleicht gar alles. Und sie dauert an.   https://klosterdornach.ch/booklet/20190105

 

CANADA

25 June 2019 – 26 January 2020, Âjagemô Exhibition Space, Canada Council for the Arts, 150 Elgin Street (ground floor), Ottawa, Ontario: Open Channels. Discover the works of visual artists who took part in the Canada C3 sailing expedition organized for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017. Aboard the ship, they drew inspiration from Canada’s ever-evolving environmental, social and cultural landscapes, as well as from dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The artists: Lizzie Ittinuar, Sarni Pootoogook, Deanna Bailey, Soheila Esfahani, Christine Fitzgerald, Anna Gaby-Trotz, Phil Irish, Benjamin Kikkert, Paula Murray, Dominique Normand, Geoff Phillips, Francine Potvin, Leslie Reid, Rachel Rozanski, Véronique Tifo. 7 – 21 h. https://canadacouncil.ca/about/ajagemo/openchannels

15 January – 21 February, Dal Schindell Gallery, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC: Broken Hallelujah, Tory Terpstra. Opening reception, 15 January, 16.30 – 19.30 h. Terpstra borrows fragments of imagery from René Girard, TS Eliot, Leonard Cohen, and Psalms of both praise and lament in this largely figurative and fractured series of paintings. Mo – Fr 08.30 – 17 h, Sa, 12 – 16 h. https://www.schindellgallery.ca/exhibitions

 

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/visit/met-fifth-avenue

2 July 2019 – 1 June 2020, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA: De Wind is Op! Climate, Culture and Innovation in Dutch Maritime Painting. The exhibition will explore our extraordinary collections of Golden Age Dutch and Flemish paintings through a fresh lens. These works will be interpreted around the themes of wind, climate and sea as the drivers behind a uniquely Dutch national identity represented in maritime works of art of this period. Dutch artists arguably invented seascape painting, and were the first to specialize in this genre. Their influence reverberates in all that followed, from the work of J.M.W. Turner to Winslow Homer to New Bedford artists William Bradford and Albert Pinkham Ryder. De Wind is Op! will include up to 50 paintings, prints, and other related artifacts drawn from the Museum’s Dutch collections, one of the largest and important of this genre outside of the Netherlands. There will also be a complementary exhibition in the fall of 2019 of European and American prints, paintings, and charts related to wind and climate themes. Hours: https://www.whalingmuseum.org/visithttps://www.whalingmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/de-wind-is-op/

10 October – 16 February 2020, Bridge Projects, 6820 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles: Phillip K. Smith III: 10 Columns. Commissioned for the inaugural exhibition of Bridge Projects, 10 Columns features Smith’s signature mirrored surfaces and dynamic light program. Expanding on past site-specific installations, the artist adjoined mirrored rectilinear forms to the colonnades of Bridge Projects’ site at Santa Monica Blvd and Highland creating an architecture inside the existing one. The modular structure consists of thirty forms of equal heights and three distinct widths, adhering to the ten concrete columns in unique combinations of 90 and 180 degree angles that shift between aligning with and disrupting the grid of columns. The forms are animated by Smith’s unique light program. As the surfaces emit gradations of light and color, the dimensions and experience of the room shift and blur, evoking the changes of light in the Los Angeles atmosphere throughout the day. Recalling both California’s Light and Space movement and ancient cosmologies, light is a resonant image for the beginning of Bridge Projects. Smith is known for large-scale temporary installations such as Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, CA, The Circle of Land and Sky at the inaugural 2017 Desert X exhibition, and Open Sky at the Salone del Mobile, Milano, in 2018. Born and still residing in the Coachella Valley, Smith received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. We – Sa, 12 – 17 h. https://www.bridgeprojects.com/exhibitions/10-columns

19 November – 16 February, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles: Balthazar. A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art. Early medieval legends reported that one of the three kings who paid homage to the newborn Christ Child in Bethlehem was from Africa. But it would be nearly one thousand years before artists began representing Balthazar, the youngest of the magi, as a Black African. This exhibition explores the juxtaposition of a seemingly positive image with the painful histories of Afro-European contact, particularly the brutal enslavement of African peoples. Tu – su, 10 – 17.30 (sa until 21 h). http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/balthazar/

16 January - 13 March, Syracuse University Art Galleries, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse, NY: Masterpieces of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting from Regional Collections. The exhibition includes pictures by a wide range of Dutch artists, among them, Gerrit Dou, Nicolaes Maes, Domenicus van Tol, Arent de Gelder, Pieter Post, Rachel Ruysch, and Jan van de Cappelle. While some of the works on view will be familiar to specialists, others, including Ferdinand Bol’s oil sketch for one of his paintings for the Amsterdam Town Hall, have rarely, if ever, been placed on public display.

18 January – 20 April, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S 1st St, San Jose, CA: Shirley Cunningham and Marianne Lettieri present Never Ending Thread.  Working with repurposed materials, needle, thread, light and shadow, their individual art installations celebrate the creative drive behind human optimism and perseverance. The opening reception is Sunday afternoon, January 19. We, Th, Fr, 11 – 16 h, Sa, Su, 11 – 15 h.   https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions

 

INDIA

7 March 2020 – 12 March, 2020, Art for Change, B 165 Chattarpur Enclave, PH II, New Delhi: 7th Art for Change International Artist Residency exhibition. “What to do with Difference? - Art and Artist as Bridge.” About the Theme: Diversity is built into the design of things, difference contributes beauty and complexity to life.  Yet ethnicity, politics, religion, and culture increasingly are the cause of profound divisions in our world.  What do we do with the things that set us apart? The Art for Change International Residency will explore the reality, challenges, aesthetics, and possibilities of ‘difference,’ in the artist’s life and in a local context—with global implications.  How does art make sense of difference?  What divides and connects us as human beings? What is the potential for art and artist as bridge? International! Inter-cultural! Educational and Challenging! Professional! Purposeful!  Collectively we ask: What does it mean to be an artist? What does it mean to be human? How can art shape society for the common good?

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