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Exhibitions 2020

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AUSTRIA

4 October – 30 August, 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.   https://www.dommuseum.at/

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

1 July – 23 August, 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/

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

Until 6 September, Groeningemuseum, Dijver 12, Bruges: Van Eyck in Bruges. This exhibition is devoted to two masterpieces by the Burgundian court painter from Bruges: 'Madonna with Canon Joris Van der Paele' and 'Portrait of his wife Margaretha van Eyck'. The exhibition will familiarise you with Jan van Eyck’s Bruges period and uses authentic documents to demonstrate what kind of lifestyle the artist led in Bruges and where he lived. Technical research shows how the painter went about planning his paintings and how he occasionally made radical changes during the creative process. The exhibition also focuses on Joris van der Paele who had an impressive career at the Roman Curia during an extremely turbulent period. He bore witness to the power-games which were played out between the pope and the antipope and was involved with negotiations concerning the Hundred Years’ War and the councils. Tu – Su, 9.30 – 17 h. https://www.museabrugge.be/en/calendar/exhibitions/jan-van-eyck-in-bruges-1

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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 - 20 September, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age. Share a knowing look with mischievous eavesdroppers and peer behind the doors of 17th-century Dutch households... From illicit goings-on in servants’ quarters to portraits of high society, Nicolaes Maes captured life upstairs and downstairs in the Dutch Golden Age. Starting his career as one of Rembrandt’s most talented pupils, this exhibition – the first in the UK devoted to Maes – charts the artist’s rise to fame. Through nearly 50 paintings and drawings, it follows Maes’s move away from paintings of historical and biblical scenes, where Rembrandt’s influence is most clear, to the scenes of everyday life and portraits that made him one of the most sought-after artists of his time. Maes was an astute businessman, and produced over 900 portraits, adapting his style to reflect the high fashion and decoration of the second half of the 17th century. But it is his ‘genre’ scenes – which often feature the central character eavesdropping and breaking the fourth wall to interact directly with the viewer – which best reveal Maes’s inventive and distinct style. Exhibition organised by the National Gallery, London and the Mauritshuis, The Hague. 10 -18 h (Fr until 21 h). https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/nicolaes-maes-dutch-master-of-the-golden-age

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 

26 June – 28 August, Robilant + Voena, 38 Dover Street, London: Race Matters: Seeing The Black Figure In The European Tradition. Black figures—individuals, types, and fantasies—have been a ubiquitous presence in Western art since antiquity. Often hidden in plain sight, they have been historically overlooked or their lives discounted as lost to history. Recent events in the struggle for racial equality and justice are inspiring renewed consideration of the history of Black people on a global scale. Even the most cursory overview of the history of Western art will reveal the extent to which Black people were part of European society in many different roles, informing the ways in which European artists and craftsmen imagined their world. Yet, images of Black people often indexed their subservient status and affirmed a kind of exoticism that rendered them fundamentally different or “other.” With the rise of the slave trade, colonialism, abolition, and imperialism framing Europe’s dominating relationship to Africa and Africans from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century, the fraught engagement of European art featuring Black bodies became even more charged. Race Matters takes a broad overview of this dynamic, assembling works of European art from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries in which Black people figured in various contexts such as biblical figures, historical personages, allegories, court servants, decorative types, and free Blacks. Understanding how people of colour have figured in the history of European art provides an opportunity to learn more about the lived experiences of people often overlooked in history and to face the ways in which art was complicit in upholding racial hierarchies. By appointment. https://www.robilantvoena.com/exhibitions/225/

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

 

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

15 February – 30 August, Musée de Flandre, 26 Grand’Place, Cassel: Blessed Architecture! Blessed Architecture! will present for the first time to the public a collection to which a man devoted more than forty years of his life. He who dreamed of becoming an architect developed a passion for the Flemish and Dutch paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, depicting the interiors of churches in perspective, a real challenge for the artist! At the end of the 16th century when the conflict between the Protestants and the Catholics was in full swing, artists with full baroque ardour were inventing a new way of representing the divine. So, they produced grandiose light-filled churches with majestic architectural lines, exalted by spirituality. Without however omitting the scenes of everyday life which took place there, with men, women, children and animals… thus linking the terrestrial world to the celestial. Through research and opportunities a unique collection of around fifty paintings, representative of the architectural painting of the Northern School, was assembled by this collector. Tu – Fr, 10 – 12.30 h, 14 – 18 h, Sa, Su, 10 – 18 h.   https://en.museedeflandre.fr/sacree-architecture-la-passion-dun-collectionneur

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/

23 June – 13 September, Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris: James Tissot 1836-1902), Ambiguously modern. Jacques Joseph Tissot, born in Nantes and a student of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, is a major artist of the second half of the 19th century. He was a fascinating, ambiguous figure whose career spanned the English Channel. Although he has regularly featured in exhibitions devoted to this period, this retrospective is the first dedicated to him in Paris since the exhibition organised at the Petit Palais in 1985. In the late 1850s, Tissot made his debut in the capital, where his passion for Japanese art and his connections with the most influential circles helped further his painting. In the melting pot that was Paris, in an era when modernity, as formulated by Baudelaire, found its expression in the paintings of Whistler, Manet and Degas, Tissot, with his dandy image, was popular with fashionable society. After the war of 1870 and the Paris Commune, he moved to London and pursued a high profile career where he moved in the best circles. Gradually his work focused on the initially radiant, then increasingly frail figure of his companion, Kathleen Newton, who was always present in his paintings. After her death in 1882, Tissot decided to return to France. His career continued with images of Parisian women of different social classes engaged in various occupations, the subject of a great series of paintings, Women of Paris), and explorations of mystical and religious subjects, with the Prodigal Son series and hundreds of illustrations of the Bible, which brought him great fame at the turn of the 19th century. With its focus on the figure of James Tissot and a desire to set the art of this painter in the artistic and social context of his time, the exhibition presents both the great successes of an artist who often created iconic images, and his boldest experiments. It also examines his materials and painting techniques, the themes that were dear to him and their variations, as well as his desire to express himself in different media, such as prints, photography and cloisonné enamels, in addition to painting. Tu – Su, 9.30 – 18.30 h (Th until 21.30 h). https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/events/exhibitions/in-the-museums/exhibitions-in-the-musee-dorsay/article/james-tissot-49970.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=254&cHash=b62777cc3c

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/

5 July – 23 August, Pontarlier: Art en chapelles, 3e Biennale. Itinéraires sur 10 sites avec 13 artistes.   http://artenchapelles.com/ ; http://artenchapelles.com/parcours-2020/

5 July – 23 August, les sites religieux du Haut-Doubs : Art en Chapelles. ce circuit peut être l’occasion de découvrir, en plus des œuvres et des édifices religieux, la diversité des paysages alliant rivières, forêts, lacs et montagnes, mais aussi les autres richesses patrimoniales, culturelles, économiques et environnementales du haut-Doubs. Des artistes de renommée ont été choisis par un comité de sélection, pour créer des œuvres in situ, spécialement pensées pour chacun des édifices. chaque artiste a créé une installation, en fonction de ses émotions, de ses inspirations et de ce qu’il a pu ressentir lors de sa visite. Peinture, écriture, calligraphie, sculpture, dessin, couleur, vidéo, construction, installation visuelle, sonore… Les chapelles ou églises, patrimoine culturel religieux, sont des pépites à découvrir ou redécouvrir. Elles font partie de l’histoire du haut-Doubs. Des étudiants médiateurs culturels auront pour mission de servir de guides et animer une réflexion, à la fois, sur l’installation et le lieu. http://artenchapelles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AeC_dossier_mecenat_2020

18 July – 20 September, Pays de Pontivy et Vallée du Blavet, Morbihan : Art en Chapelles. Chaque été depuis 1992, « L'art dans les chapelles » invite des artistes nationaux et internationaux à intervenir dans ces lieux patrimoniaux remarquables dont la plupart ont été érigés entre le XVe et XVIe siècle. La 29e édition réunit 14 artistes contemporains sur 18 sites. https://www.artchapelles.com/photos/lart_dans_les_chapel2.pdf

 

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

5 May – 13 September, St. Matthäuskirche, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin: Leiko Ikemura - In Praise of Light. Leiko Ikemura verwandelt das Licht, indem sie die Fenster der St. Matthäus-Kirche als großformatige Raumzeichnung gestaltet: Malerei aus Licht und Farbe, deren Segmente über dem Altar in einer Lichtprojektion ineinanderfließen. Leiko Ikemura knüpft damit an die Zerstörungsgeschichte der St. Matthäus-Kirche an, die in den letzten Tagen des Zweiten Weltkrieges bis auf die Grundmauern zerstört und deren ursprünglich farbige Fenster nach ihrem Wiederaufbau durch Klarglasfenster ersetzt wurden. Wie könnten 75 Jahre nach Kriegsende zeitgenössische Fenster für diesen Kirchenraum aussehen? Di – So, 11 – 18 U. https://www.stiftung-stmatthaeus.de/programm/ausstellungen/veranstaltung/leiko-ikemura-in-praise-of-light/

30 May – 30 August, St. Johannis Kirche, Neuer Markt 1, Herford: „Was ist der Mensch?“. Die Bibel stellt die Frage „Was ist der Mensch, dass du seiner gedenkst?“ Dies ist der Anlass, dass diese Ausstellung der philosophischen und theologischen Frage nach dem Menschen nachgehen will. Was ist eigentlich der Mensch? Was macht ihn aus? Die Ausstellung will sich mit den verschiedenen Aspekten des Menschseins beschäftigen. Sie tut dies mit sehr unterschiedlichen Menschendarstellungen aus verschiedensten Zeiten. Sie enthält Bilder, Zeichnungen, Graphiken, Fotos und Skulpturen aus verschiedenen Jahrhunderten und Jahrtausenden. 10 – 18 U. http://www.herfordmitte.de/gemeinde/offene-kirche/kunst-in-der-kirche/

31 May – 16 August, Siegerlandmuseum im Oberen Schloss, Oberes Schloss 2 / Burgstraße, Siegen: Rubens: A Journey Through Europe. Traveling was part of everyday life for artists in the seventeenth century, as they had to present their work to their clients. If you wanted to know about the production of competing artists, one could consult black and white engravings or travel to the depicted locations. Rubens preferred the latter. After completing his training, he went on an eight-year trip to Italy. He was appointed court painter to the Duke of Mantua and was asked to travel to the court of Philip II. It was not his last meeting with a Spanish king. Philip’s grandson Philip IV, a hierarchic man, was skeptical when his great aunt, Governor Isabella Clara Eugenia, recommended the middle-class artist Rubens as diplomat to the Spanish crown. He was greatly mistaken. Not only was Rubens on speaking terms with the Spanish king, he also saw Charles I and Louis XIII, as well as Maria de Medici. It is very clear from Rubens’ numerous letters that he not only moved around these courts, but that he was interested in the countries and their people, and in particular in the cities and their art treasures. On our journey through Europe we get to know important stages in the life of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as the cities he visited and the people he met. What did Paris, London, Rome, and the residence of the Spanish governors in the southern Netherlands of Brussels look like? How many inhabitants were there and which sights do we still admire today? Please note: the end date of the exhibition has yet to be confirmed. Please refer to the museum’s website for the most up-to-date information. Tu - Su, 10 – 17 h. https://siegerlandmuseum.de/ausstellungen/aktuell/

6 June – 30 August, Ikonen Museum, Kirchpl. 2A, Recklinghausen: „Über dich freuet sich die ganze Schöpfung“. Die Ikonen-Sammlung Dr. Reiner Zerlin. Die Sammlung Reiner Zerlin umfasst fast 250 Objekte aus dem Bereich der ostkirchlichen Kunst. Es handelt sich zu einem großen Teil um frühe Ikonen aus dem 15. bis 17. Jahrhundert, die überwiegend aus den beiden Kernländern der Orthodoxie, Russland und Griechenland stammen. Dargestellt sind alle wichtigen und teilweise auch seltene Themen der Ikonenmalerei. Besonders interessant sind auch eine Reihe liturgischer Gegenstände und Objekte aus dem Bereich der Alltagsfrömmigkeit. Aus Anlass dieser Schenkung präsentieren die Kunsthalle und das Ikonen-Museum eine Ausstellung, in der die großzügige Schenkung gewürdigt und die Sammlung in ihrer Gesamtheit präsentiert wird. Di – So, 11 – 18 U. https://kunsthalle-recklinghausen.de/ausstellungen-1/archiv-1/ikonen-sammlung-zerlin

18 June – 6 August, DG Galerie, Finkenstraße 4, München: Sehnsucht… Sehnsucht erleben wir als körperliches Gefühl. Es kann als Ziehen in der Brust oder als Kloß im Hals wahrgenommen werden. Forschergruppen in der Psychologie unterscheiden verschiedene Merkmale der Sehnsucht und schreiben ihr Funktionen zu. So soll diese helfen, mit der eigenen Unfertigkeit oder Verlusten umzugehen, und sie unterstützt den Menschen dabei, sich im Leben Ziele zu setzen. Im Verständnis der christlichen Tradition ist die wesentliche Sehnsucht des Menschen die nach Gott. Friedrich Schleiermacher sprach davon, dass dem Menschen mit seiner religiösen Anlage die Sehnsucht „nach dem Wunderbaren und Übernatürlichen“ eigen sei. Der Theologe Paul Zulehner etwa sagt zur Gottessehnsucht des Menschen: „Sie macht uns lebendig.“ Di – Fr, 12 – 18 U (Do bis 20 U). http://www.dg-kunstraum.de/vorschausehnsucht-videoarbeiten-und-installative-momenteausstellung-18-6-bis-7-8-2020/

19 June – 23 August, Kulturforum – Kupferstichkabinett, Matthäikirchplatz 8, Berlin-Tiergarten: Raphael in Berlin. Masterpieces from the Kupferstichkabinett. To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are dedicating two special exhibitions to this central artist of the Italian Renaissance. Parallel to the exhibition Raphael in Berlin. The Madonnas of the Gemäldegalerie, which opened in December 2019, the Kupferstichkabinett is showing a small but significant group of drawings from its collection produced by the artist himself. These rarely exhibited sheets convey an impression of Raphael’s remarkable creative range. They are complemented by works by his teacher Perugino and his most important students and contemporaries, Gianfrancesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Perino del Vaga, and by the copperplate maker Marcantonio Raimondi. Tu – fr, 10 – 18 h, sa – su, 11 – 18 h. https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/kupferstichkabinett/exhibitions/detail/raphael-in-berlin-masterpieces-from-the-kupferstichkabinett/

25 June – 20 September, Museum Schnütgen, Leonhard-Tietz-Strasse 10. Cologne: Arnt the sculptor of images – Master of animated sculptures. Who was Master Arnt of Kalkar and Zwolle? The first exhibition dedicated to the founder of a rich school of sculpture on the Lower Rhine takes visitors into the era of the late Middle Ages. Some 60 works by the artist, who worked between about 1460 and 1491, are on display. The late Gothic œuvre of Master Arnt captivates with extraordinary liveliness, a wide range of subjects and narrative detail. Master Arnt stands for the interconnection of artistic impulses from the Lower Rhine with those of the adjoining Netherlands: From about 1460–1484 he worked along the Lower Rhine in Kalkar, and from about 1484–1491 in Zwolle, the present capital of the Dutch province of Overijssel. His workshop provided sculptures for numerous places around the IJsselmeer and the region around Cleves. In addition to altarpieces with figural narrative reliefs and statues of saints, striking individual figures of Christ, angels, and the Virgin and Child are part of Master Arnt‘s surviving work. Despite the productivity of his workshop, Master Arnt still remains largely unknown to a broader public – the Museum Schnütgen assembles a considerable part of his œuvre especially for this exhibition and offers the opportunity to (re-)discover the sculptor. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in German published by Hirmer Verlag. The extensive and opulent monograph with 200 illustrations in colour contains not only essays and a catalogue of the exhibited works, but also an up-to-date complete index of the preserved works of Meister Arnt. In addition, the museum's publishing house has an English language accompanying publication. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (Th until 20 h). https://museum-schnuetgen.de/Arnt-the-sculptor-of-images

27 June – 18 September, Kirche Am Hohenzollernplatz, Nassauische Str. 67, Berlin: Anna Arnskötter. BLEIBEN. In den Skulpturen von Anna Arnskötter aus Keramik und Beton geht es um Türme, Turmhäuser, Hochhäuser, Speicher, Kathedralen und Kartausen, um spirituelle und weltliche Orte. Es sind Architekturen des Speicherns und der Bewahrung, der Erinnerung. Das Material ist hochgebrannter Ton, teilweise engobiert und glasiert. Formal streng werden die Skulpturen gebaut, dabei ist das Farbspiel in den Konstruktionen von wichtiger Qualität, spielt das Licht eine entscheidende Rolle, da es auf den Skulpturen die Räumlichkeit zur Geltung kommen lässt. Di, Do, 14 – 18 U. Mi, Fr, 11 – 13 U, Sa, 11 – 15 U.   https://hohenzollerngemeinde.de/page/277/kunst

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   

1 June – 6 September, Rembrandthuis, Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam: HERE. Black in Rembrandt’s Time. There were black people in seventeenth-century Holland, here, in society and in art, too. This fact has long—and undeservedly—been neglected. Rembrandt and many of his contemporaries actually made superb works of art featuring black people. But what is so striking about them? The stereotypes that would later determine the image of black people were yet to predominate. And black people were not just minor figures with subordinate roles, but the central subjects of the works of art. What were the circumstances in which these unusual works of art were created? And why did the type of images change after around 1660? HERE: Black in Rembrandt’s Time showcases artists who wanted to capture the visual world, the impact of the Transatlantic slave trade and a small society of free black people who lived in Amsterdam’s Jodenbreestraat. 10 – 18 h. https://www.rembrandthuis.nl/exhibitions/now-on-view/?lang=en

1 June – 30 August, Museum Helmond, Kasteelplein 1, Helmond: Lucas Gassel: Master of Landscapes. The first major retrospective of this sixteenth-century master of landscape painting. Works on loan from around the world, including Belgium, Germany, Mexico, and the USA will be brought together for the first time. We know little about the life of Lucas Gassel. His father was a painter in Helmond. It has been assumed that Lucas left for Antwerp at the turn of the sixteenth century. At that time, Antwerp was an important city for the arts in the south of the Duchy of Brabant, of which Helmond was also part. Lucas later moved to Brussels, where he remained until his death according to Van Mander. He was posthumously included in prominent art historical sources as an important painter of his time. Yet, in the sixteenth century Lucas Gassel (ca. 1488 -1568/69) was a successful painter and artist. He is one of only a handful of artists whose names we know as early practitioners of the landscape genre, together with Joachim Patinir (ca. 1480-1524) and Herri met de Bles (ca. 1510-ca-15510). Gassel’s oeuvre consists of panel paintings, drawings and prints made after his design. They show compositions in a landscape format, with sweeping mountainous landscapes in the background and in the foreground mostly biblical subjects. Tu – Fr, 10 – 17 h, Sa, Su, 12 – 17 h.   https://www.museumhelmond.nl/en/exhibitions/7390/

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SPAIN

Until 30 August, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid: Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670. For the first time in Spain, the museum is presenting an exhibition on Rembrandt’s activities as a portraitist, a genre in which the most important Dutch painter of the 17th century also reached the highest level. Together with around thirty nine of his portraits, the exhibition will include major examples by other artists active alongside him in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age, with a total of 80 paintings, 16 prints and an etching plate, some never previously seen in Europe. Tu – Su, 10 – 19 h (Sa until 21 h). https://www.museothyssen.org/en/exhibitions/rembrandt-and-amsterdam-portraiture-1590-1670

 

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

13 June – 5 September, Galerie Gmurzynska, Paradeplatz 2, Zürich: Andy Warhol: Toy Paintings. Mo – Fr, 10 – 18.30 h, Sa, 10 – 16 h.   http://www.gmurzynska.com/exhibitions/andy-warhol-toy-paintings

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/ 

 

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

7 March – 7 September, Art Institute of Chicago Michigan Avenue Entrance, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL: El Greco: Ambition and Defiance. This major exhibition charts the career of the artist known simply as El Greco. Over 57 works from across the world trace not only the development of his distinctive style but also the astounding ambition that drove him to relentlessly pursue success. Born in Crete as Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541–1614), El Greco trained in the traditional manner of Byzantine icon painting. He moved to Venice in 1567 to learn a new artistic approach, absorbing developments in Venetian Renaissance painting through the lens of artists such as Titian and Tintoretto. The works El Greco painted during his time in Venice, however, reveal both his embrace of and struggles to fully adapt to this manner of painting. Following this transformative period, El Greco went to Rome, probably in an attempt to attract patronage within the papal circle. There his acceptance into the elevated circle of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese brought a close association with the painter Giulio Clovio and the erudite historian and collector Fulvio Orsini. El Greco’s portraits, allegories, and religious paintings between 1570 and 1577 reflect these relationships as well as his complicated engagement with Michelangelo and other artistic luminaries of the 16th century. With no major commissions in Rome, El Greco moved on to Spain in 1577. He quickly earned a major commission for the altarpiece for the Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo, the result being the monumental The Assumption of the Virgin (1577–79). Of a scale and format that he had never previously attempted, The Assumption became a showpiece for the artist as he attempted to mold a new career for himself in Spain. Despite this success, El Greco was unable to secure commissions from the powerful authorities of Toledo. He turned instead to carving out a private clientele, finding enthusiastic patronage among the local intelligentsia and developing a flourishing career as a portraitist. Alongside paintings of theologians, writers, and attorneys, he was commissioned to decorate a series of private altars and family chapels. Since El Greco’s death, writers, critics, and other observers have struggled with how and where to situate him. Was he a Byzantine icon painter transformed by the artistic revolution of the Italian Renaissance? A social climber desperately seeking noble patronage? A devout believer swept up by fervent mysticism? A proto-Modernist? Was he Greek, Italian, or Spanish? El Greco: Ambition and Defiance looks to his works themselves for answers. Sa – Mo, 11 – 18 u, Th – Fr, 13 – 18 h. https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/2939/el-greco-ambition-and-defiance

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

 

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