Art is the signature of man. G.K. Chesterton

Exhibitions 2020

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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:

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:

5 December – 14 June, A World Museum for a Global City, Heldenplatz, Vienna: Faces in Prayer. Photography by Katharina Heigl. Thirty faces, lit by the beauty of spiritual communication, of prayer, of meditation. Intimate photographic portraits of people of different faiths, each of them in the process of connecting their innermost self with something else, maybe outside of themselves but still a fundamental part of the core of their humanity. Th – Tu, 10 18 h.

7 February – 17 May, Upper Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, Vienna: The Master of Mondsee. As part of the IN-SIGHT series at the Upper Belvedere is placing a focus on one of the most significant late-medieval painters in Austria: the Master of Mondsee. For the first time, this exhibition will bring together the entire ensemble from his Mondsee Altarpiece and place this masterpiece in an art- and cultural historical context. 9 – 18 h (Fr until 21 h).

22 February – 24 May, 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).

12 February – 10 May, 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).



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.

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).

12 March – 12 July, 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.

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20 January – 11 April, Centre for Human Flourishing, Sarum College, Salisbury: AWE: Paintings by Peronel Barnes in Response to Creation. Based on an experience of remote bothy life in Shetland, surrounded by sea and sky. Peronel experienced the rawness of elements which are the starting point for her paintings and drawings. Peronel Barnes is an award-winning painter based in Oxford, who has exhibited at the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours where she collected the Outstanding Watercolour Award in 2011. Her work hangs in private and public collections across the world. Visit her website at This exhibition is free and open to the public, all works for sale. Mo – Sa, 9 – 17 h, Su, 10 – 16 h.

22 February – 31 May, 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).

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’.



18 March 2016 – 31 December 2020, 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.



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:

15 February – 14 June, 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.

27 February – 5 July, Musée Marmottan Monet, 2, Rue Louis Boilly, Paris: Cézanne and the Master Painters. A dream of Italy. for the first time, Cézanne’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. Tu – su, 10 – 18 h (th until 21 h).



2 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:

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“. ;

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:

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

29 May – 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).



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

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:

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. 



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):

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9 February – 5 March, Mapfre Foundation, Paseo de Recoletos, 23, Madrid: From Chagall to Malevich: Art in Revolution. At the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, Russian artists, revolutionaries before the revolution began, threw out all the established norms and were forerunners of modernity in ways never seen before in their country. Fundación MAPFRE, together with the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, is holding the From Chagall to Malévich: Art in Revolution exhibition, which brings together over 90 works and 23 publications from artists who lived through the transformation of a society full of hope and the belief that with the revolution, a new world was being ushered in. Tu – Fr, 10 – 20 h. Su, 11 – 19 h. Mo, 14 – 20 h.

18 February – 24 May, 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).



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: ;

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.

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

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.

25 January – 14 March, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zahnradstrasse 21, Zürich:  Tobias Pils. Adam & Eve. Tu – Fr, 10 – 18 h, Sa, 11 – 17 h.

31 January – 26 April, Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich: The poetry of line. Masterpieces of Italian drawing. The Kunsthaus Zürich presents a selection from its small but prestigious collection of Italian drawings covering the period between Renaissance and Baroque. In addition to a familiar gem from the Collection of Prints and Drawings – Raphael’s study for a fresco in the Vatican Palace – it reveals some previously unknown, masterful examples of the art created by Italians who have secured their place in art history, from Correggio and Guercino to Carlo Maratti. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (We, Th until 20 h).

1 February – 26 April, Kunstmuseum Basel, St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel: Luminous Fegures. Drawings and Stained Glass Paintings from Holbein to Ringler. In the sixteenth century, small-format glass paintings are a popular art form in southern Germany and even more so in the Old Swiss Confederacy. In fact, if the scholar Johann Fischart (1546/47–1591) is to be believed, glass paintings are to Switzerland what fir cones are to the Black Forest and snow to the Alps. These are works of art of outstanding quality that graced town and guild halls, universities, monasteries, and hospitals. The panels were executed by professional glass painters, based on designs commissioned from renowned artists of the time. Hans Holbein the Younger, Niklaus Manuel, Urs Graf, and Tobias Stimmer were among those who created preparatory drawings for glass paintings. Few of the final works are extant today, but numerous design drawings have survived. Institutions such as the Swiss estates (now known as cantons), guilds, and other corporations as well as individuals commissioned stained glass paintings. Showcasing around ninety works from its golden age in the sixteenth century, the presentation offers a survey of glass paintings and design drawings from Basel, with forays into the art scenes of other cities like Berne, Nuremberg, and Schaffhausen. Juxtapositions of drawings and stained glass paintings illuminate the close interrelation between the two art forms. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (we until 20 h).

22 February – 24 May, Kunstmuseum Basel, St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel: Picasso, Chagall, Jawlensky. Masterworks of the Im Obersteig Collection. The third comprehensive presentation of the Im Obersteg Collection at the Kunstmuseum Basel inquires into the reception of Marc Chagall’s early oeuvre in Basel, the discovery of Chaïm Soutine in Paris, and Karl Im Obersteg’s role in Alexej von Jawlensky’s difficult final years during the Second World War. Picasso’s monumental painting Arlequin assis (1923), which was the Im Obersteg Collection’s pièce de résistance for many years, was sold after Karl Im Obersteg’s death in 1969 and remains in private hands. For the first time in fifty years, we are now able to exhibit this masterwork surrounded by the treasures of the Im Obersteg Collection—and accompanied, needless to say, by its sibling, the Basel Arlequin assis. Tu – Su, 10 – 18 h (We until 20 h).



14 January – 26 April, National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario: William Blake 1757-1827: Illustrated Books. Tu – Su, 10 – 17 h (Th until 20 h).

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.



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:

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:

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.

17 January – 8 March, Duke University, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC: St John’s Bible exhibition and events. Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, Duke Divinity School is hosting the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible to share an unprecedented work of spiritual art, giving students, faculty, and the community-at-large an intimate, hands-on experience of the Illuminated Word of God.  For details of the exhibition, tours, and workshops, see:

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.

1 February – 30 April 2020, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St, Hartford, CT: Rembrandt’s 'Titus in a Monk’s Habit'. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) painted his teenage son in the guise of a monk at a crucial moment in his late career when he was revamping his business as a painter and recovering from bankruptcy. While this painting has been infrequently seen in America, it exemplifies the dramatic use of light and dark to express human emotion for which Rembrandt’s late works are especially prized. Titus, born in 1641, was the fourth and only surviving child of Rembrandt and his first wife Saskia who soon died. Within a few years, Rembrandt’s family life turned destitute and hard. In the painting, Titus is draped in a dark brown hooded cloak, his eyes downcast, his face bathed in light. It is a superb example of a visual expression of quietness, tranquil meditation, musing recollection—a portrayal of a whole cluster of human emotional tones. On view in the Baroque gallery, this loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam gives visitors a rare opportunity to experience a late portrait by the Dutch master. We – Fr, 11 – 17 h, Sa, Su, 10 – 17 h.

15 February – 26 July, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI: From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700. Starting in the sixteenth-century, Flemish and Dutch artists turned to everyday subjects, describing the landscape and people around them with humor and loving detail. This exhibition from the DIA collection will include more than seventy works on paper, highlighting prints by Pieter Bruegel I, Hendrick Goltzius, and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as drawings by Bartolomeus Breenbergh and Esias van de Velde.



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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