Erzählte Welt - Geschichten in der Kunst

1 July 2017 – 8 July 2018

During the Early Christian Era, Pope Gregory the Great already assigned art the task of telling Biblical stories to all those who could not read for themselves. A fundamental change has taken place in the visual arts as well as in literature since then regarding the subjects and how they are related. While narratives with a beginning, middle and art were still seemingly possible in earlier times, such a linear structure has in the meanwhile given way to a narrative configuration that integrates both chronological jumps as well as spatial gaps. How are these different narrative forms are reflected in work of art? Are narrative structures shown solely through figurative motifs or do they also find their way into abstract compositions? Based on works dating from the Middle Ages to the present, “Erzählte Welt - Geschichten in der Kunst” poses these questions on artistic storytelling. The exhibition includes works by such artists as Mary Baumeister, Max Beckmann, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Senta Geißler, Jochen Gerz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Roy Lichtenstein, Daniel Spoerri and unknown medieval masters.

Curator: Nina Schallenberg