Behind the Curtain. Concealment and Revelation since the Renaissance. From Titian to Christo

Jacob von Sandrart (nach Joachim von Sandrart)  Zeuxis und Parrhasios, 1683 Kupferstich 24,4 x 36,3 cm Statens Museum for Kunst, Kopenhagen © SMK Photo
Jacob von Sandrart (nach Joachim von Sandrart) Zeuxis und Parrhasios, 1683 Kupferstich 24,4 x 36,3 cm Statens Museum for Kunst, Kopenhagen © SMK Photo

1 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

The starting point of this exhibition is the tale of the contest between two ancient painters, who sought to outdo each other’s virtuosity in the art of trompe l’oeil. While Zeuxis, however, was merely able to fool the pigeons, which attempted to peck at the grapes he had painted, Parrhasius succeeded in actually deceiving the eye of his rival, who attempted to draw the curtain painted by Parrhasius to reveal the picture assumed to be behind it.

The fascinating interplay between concealing and showing, veiling and revealing using a curtain, veil or drapery is introduced in this themed exhibition, which is staged exclusively in Düsseldorf and shows important works from six centuries. With loans from international museums and private collections – paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs – the show ranges from Renaissance and Baroque paintings to modern and contemporary art. Alongside Titian’s “Portrait of Cardinal Filippo Archinto” dated 1558, which is on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition includes works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, El Greco, Jacopo Tintoretto, Arnold Böcklin, Robert Delaunay, Max Beckmann, Cindy Sherman, Christo and Gerhard Richter.

Gerhard Richter, Schwestern, 1967, Öl auf Leinwand, 65 x 75 cm, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Dauerleihgabe
Jürgen Hall © Gerhard Richter 2016 (1161), Foto: Werner J. Hannappel

The exhibition, which is curated by General Director Beat Wismer and Claudia Blümle, Professor at the Institute of Art and Visual Studies of Humboldt Universität in Berlin, illuminates in different thematic chapters the ambivalence and fascination surrounding the notion of concealment and revelation, as well as the relationship between the fine arts and perception. The wealth of topics covered start with the antique painting competition and in further chapters turn to issues such as “mystery of the divine”, “power of representation”, “violence of unveiling”, “thrill of the concealed”, “internal and external”, as well as “the art of unveiling”.

Christo, Wrapped Beetle 1963 (Objekt 2014), 1963 / 2014, Auto, Stoff, Seile
150 x 158,5 x 414 cm, Im Besitz des Künstlers, © Christo 2014
Christo, Wrapped Beetle 1963 (Objekt 2014), 1963 / 2014, Auto, Stoff, Seile
150 x 158,5 x 414 cm, Im Besitz des Künstlers, © Christo 2014

The exhibition, which spans several epochs and genres, not only draws a link to the present in terms of the choice of works presented. To this day, the veil, concealment and revelation play an important part in religious and social contexts, as well as in fashion. In the same vein as the curtain, far more than any other motif, mediates between the world of the viewer and that of the picture, the programme accompanying the exhibition is intended to open up further spheres of experience to visitors.

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 Tickets for guided tours through the exhibition

Picture Gallery

Information to the exhibition

Erwin Blumenfeld, Tänzerin hinter Schleier, 1946, Silbergelatineabzug, 34 x 27 cm
©The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

Public Guided Tours (in German):
Thursday, saturday and sunday 2 p.m.
Admission: 5 € + entrance fee
Limited availability: bildung(at)smkp.de or 0211-566 42 160


Guided Tours with the curator Claudia Blümle:
6.11.2016; 21.1.2017 and 22.1.2017 at 1.30 p.m.

Guided Tours with the general director and curator Beat Wismer:
17.11.2016 at 7 p.m. and 8.12.2016 at 5.30 p.m.

Guided Tours with Prof. Dr. Höing:
19.11.2016; 20.11.2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Familytours:
16.10.2016; 29.12.2016 and 8.1.2017 at 9 p.m.

Audioguide:
3 € (German and English, ca 60 min.)

Accompanying book for children (from 5 years):
for free

HSBC-Day
Sun, 13.11.2016, 11 a.m. - 18 p.m., free entrance and tours

Hotelpackage Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus
www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/behind-the-curtain

Hotelpackage Derag Livinghotel De Medici

www.deraghotels.de/hinter-dem-vorhang


Sponsored by: Kunststiftung NRW, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG, Freunde, Museum Kunstpalast e.V., Kapellmann und Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB und Kornit Digital Europe GmbH

 

 

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