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Exhibitions 2023

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15 February – 24 May, Albertina, Albertinaplatz, Vienna (Wien): Bruegel and his Time. Sensitive chiaroscuro drawings, critical morality pieces, portraits, or expansive landscapes: virtually no other period of European history witnessed such an astounding variety in the art of drawing as sixteenth century Netherlands. With sublime technical virtuosity and extraordinary inventiveness, artists created images of their radically changing world, in which the Reformation, expanding colonial trade and increasing urbanization led to a profound renegotiation of societal norms. Whether in cartoons for the windows of imposing cathedrals and private residences or in sketches for precious luxury objects, paintings, and prints, drawing found a wide range of applications. At the same time, works on paper also came to be regarded as a means of autonomous artistic expression, receiving new-found attention among the wealthy elites as valuable collectors’ items. The exhibition at the ALBERTINA Museum presents a selection of some 90 works from the museum’s own holdings that exemplify this incomparable flourishing of drawing practices. Alongside famed masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and outstanding drawings by artists such as Jan de Beer, Maarten van Heemskerck or Hendrick Goltzius, several newly restored works will be presented to a broader public. 10 – 18 h (We, Fr until 21 h).



10 July 2020 - 21 March 2024, M Leuven, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven: Moved. The new collection presentation introduces the visitor to forgotten customs based on extraordinary religious objects that were intended to be both moved and moving. You see the extensive wardrobe and silver accessories of a statue that was carried in procession, but also a house altar, valuable reliquaries and special cultic objects. Often fragile, tactile, precious and the work of skilled craftspeople, each of these intriguing pieces was made to be touched and moved but also to move people spiritually. Through personal testimonies and historical images, the presentation brings old rituals back to life. At the same time, these historical traditions are juxtaposed with contemporary forms of veneration and worship. And the link with Leuven is never far away: the majority of the exhibited objects come from important churches and historical sites in Leuven. Th, 11 – 22 h, fr – tu, 11 – 18 h.



11 February – 11 June , V & A, Cromwell Road, London: The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations. The exhibition will offer a fresh vision of the artist and his impact on both the cultural and artistic development of this crucial time in the history of art. Featuring many works that have never been on display in the UK, the exhibition will explore Donatello’s innovations, collaborations and inspirations within the vibrant artistic and cultural context of fifteenth-century Italy and his influence on subsequent generations of artists. Donatello (c.1386-1466) was in the vanguard of a revolution in sculptural practice in the early Renaissance. Working in the full range of sculptural materials and techniques, including marble, bronze, wood, terracotta and stucco, he contributed to major commissions of church and state, was an intimate of the Medici family and their circle in Florence, and was highly sought after in other Italian centres. 10 – 17.45 h (Fr until 22 h).

4 April – 29 May, Coventry Cathedral, Priory St, Coventry: This Fragile Earth: How pioneer Scottish Artists anticipated the climate crisis. This breakthrough exhibition by the Fleming Collection of Scottish art, staged in the evocative surroundings of Coventry Cathedral, focusses on a group of veteran artists who were ahead of their time in responding to the threat of climate change. Until now, these artists, although well known to one another, have never been perceived as a group with common artistic goals. Only when reviewing their distinctive individual careers does a common thread appear, which is their shared response to the beauty and fragility of the planet, often expressed as early as the 1970s and 1980s. For some this response was triggered by finding artistic inspiration in the High Arctic; for others it was in response to the threats to Scotland’s own ecology and the destruction of traditional working communities that that has entailed. The resulting work, often on a monumental scale, provides both a precious record of landescapes now irretrievably lost, as well as symbolic and figurative expressions of anger at the urgency of their cause. Mo – Sa, 10 – 16 h, Su, 12 – 15.30 h.

14 April – 24 June, Benjamin Rhodes Arts, 62 Old Nichol St, London: ‘Richard Kenton Webb Vol. 5, Drawings from the Albers Series and Paintings from the Ongoing Manifesto Series’. We – sa, 12 – 18 h.

19 April – early July, Kingswood School, Bath: Transforming Lives Exhibition: The Power of Art to Engage. This exhibition by the Methodist Art Collection includes key examples of world art by international artists such as the Indian-American British Asian artist F N Souza and the Indian painter Jyoti Sahi, as well as British woman artists Eularia Clarke and Maggi Hambling. Ghislaine Howard’s painting The Washing of the Feet captures the moment when Jesus shocked Peter by taking the role of servant and washing the disciples' feet. The Methodist Modern Art Collection was always intended to tour and 2023 marks sixty years since the first travelling exhibition of the Collection in 1963-1965. To book: by appointment only. Please email Rev Katy Thomas to arrange a visit. Individual or small groups are welcome. Do not miss Professor Ann Sumner’s lecture, ‘The Story of the Methodist Modern Art Collection’, on 17 May 2023 at 7 pm at Kingswood School Chapel. This event is free (although donations are appreciated) and includes the opportunity to see the exhibition as well – to book contact Rev Kay Thomas on the above email.



17 Dezember - 11 Juni 2023 im Diözesanmuseum, Markt 17, Paderborn: Triegel trifft Cranach – in Paderborn! Mit dem Naumburger Marienaltar ist ein hochkarätiges und vieldiskutiertes Meisterwerk von Lucas Cranach d. Ä. und Michael Triegel zu Gast im Diözesanmuseum. Es besteht aus den ursprünglichen, 1517–19 für diesen Standort geschaffenen Flügeltafeln von Lucas Cranach d. Ä. und einer von Michael Triegel zeitgenössisch ergänzten Mitteltafel, die die ursprüngliche, 1541 im Zuge einer bilderfeindlichen Aktion z erstörte Tafel ersetzt. Tradition und Gegenwart gehen hier eine gelungene Verbindung ein. Michael Triegel wurde 1968 in Erfurt geboren und studierte von 1990 bis 1997 Malerei an der Leipziger Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst bei Arno Rink und Ulrich Hachulla. International wurde Triegel 2010 bekannt, als er Papst Benedikt XVI. porträtierte. Darüber hinaus realisierte er zahlreiche kirchliche Aufträge wie Altarbilder, Deckengemälde oder auch die Ausgestaltung von Kirchenfenstern. Michael Triegel gilt neben Neo Rauch als wichtigster Vertreter der Neuen Leipziger Schule.

31 March – 16 July, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin: Hugo van der Goes. Between Pain and Bliss. Hugo van der Goes (ca. 1440–1482/83) was the most important Netherlandish artist of the second half of the fifteenth century. His works impress with their monumentality and intense colors as well as with their astonishing closeness to life and emotional expressivity. In March 2023, 540 years after the artist’s death, Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie will celebrate a premiere: for the first time, almost all of the artist’s surviving paintings and drawings will be presented in one exhibition. Hours:



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



4 February – 27 August, Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam: Rembrandt & His Contemporaries: History Paintings from The Leiden Collection. The show will include renowned works by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), who embraced the principle that to be a great master one should be a history painter. At the core of the exhibition will stand his masterpiece Minerva in Her Study (1635), a large and striking painting depicting the Goddess of Wisdom. Other works are by contemporaries of Rembrandt and place Minerva into a broader context of allegorical, biblical, and mythological paintings. Among the works on view will be several history paintings by artists directly connected to Rembrandt, including masterpieces by his teacher, Pieter Lastman (1583-1633), as well as those by pupils and followers, including Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680) and Arent de Gelder (1645-1727). A particularly significant work being featured will be Hagar and the Angel by Carel Fabritius (1622-1654). The exhibition will also include history paintings by artists best known for their genre scenes and portraits, including Frans van Mieris (1635-1681), Caspar Netscher (1639-1684), Godefridus Schalcken (1643-1706), and Jan Steen (1626-1679). 10 – 17 h,

10 February – 4 June, Museum Prinsenhof, Sint Agathaplein 1, Delft: Vermeer's Delft. In Vermeer’s Delft, the life of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), his network and his relationship with the city of Delft will take center stage. On the basis of more than 100 objects from Dutch and foreign collections, including masterpieces by Delft painters, objects of applied art, maps, prints, drawings, books, biographical documents and other archival matter, a picture of the bustling city atmosphere of the seventeenth century will be painted. The exhibition will run concurrently with the major Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Di – za, 11 – 17 h,

10 February – 4 June, Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam: Johannes Vermeer. The Rijksmuseum is organizing a large-scale Vermeer exhibition. The exhibition will include masterpieces such as The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman Holding a Balance (The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC). Works never before shown to the public in the Netherlands will include the newly restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. The research for this exhibition focuses on Vermeer’s artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as into the creative process of his paintings. 10 17 h.

18 March – 11 June, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam: The Art of Drawing: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck Collection. For the first time in Europe, 74 drawings from The Peck Collection (Ackland Art Museum, USA) will be on display. The exhibition The Art of Drawing in The Rembrandt House Museum will feature works by Rembrandt, Bol, Maes and their contemporaries. You can hardly get any closer to an artist than through his drawings. Along the drawing lines, you can follow the artist’s hand – whether it’s a quick sketch or a meticulously finished artwork. The exhibition The Art of Drawing will be divided into seven chapters, which together answer the central question: ‘Why did a seventeenth-century artist make drawings?’ In the new, third exhibition room, the museum will host drawing workshops using seventeenth-century techniques and materials.  10 – 18 h, except April 27.

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25 novembre 2022 – 1 juin 2023, Cathédrale de Sion, Rue de la Cathédrale 13, Sion: La désormais traditionnelle exposition « Coup de ❤️, s’annonce monumentale et véritablement sensationnelle. A l’initiative du révérend curé chanoine de la cathédrale,  qui peaufine ce projet depuis 3 ans, ce sont des reproductions, d’excellente qualité, d’œuvres du célèbre peintre Caravage qui orneront les murs de la cathédrale à partir du mois de novembre 2022. Ces œuvres, saisissantes de réalisme, dont certaines mesurent plus de 5 mètres, seront présentées dans leurs dimensions originelles. L'exposition " coup de ❤️ " a lieu dans le cadre du 17ème Festival d'Art Sacré. Nous vous invitons à consulter l'ensemble du programme qui propose des concerts ainsi que deux vespérales d'orgue avec visite du grand orgue de la cathédrale. Lien vers le site web:

23 April – 1 August, Museo D’Arte Della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano: ‘Alexej von Jawlensky in Ascona ‘… The three most interesting years on my life …”. Hours:



19 April – 10 May, Dal Schindell Gallery, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC: A beauty eclipsed. Daniel Du. Join us for Daniel Du's Integrated Project in the Arts and Theology, A Beauty Eclipsed, featuring large-scale representational oil paintings . You are welcome to attend the opening reception at the Dal Schindell Gallery on April 19, 2023 from 4 pm to 7 pm. Daniel Du’s A Beauty Eclipsed captures the tension between our longing for order against the pressing realities of life. By juxtaposing the intimate with the public, the sacred against the profane, the obscuring of beauty with the grotesque, and the depiction of hurried living versus slow ritual, Daniel aims to evoke wonder and curiosity through his art over these everyday mysteries. Drawing from his life in China, the United States, and now Canada, Daniel constructs the illusion of three-dimensional landscapes within still life in oil and plays with light and shadow to draw the viewer into impossible spaces. Mo – fr, 8.30 – 16.30 h, sa, 12 – 16 h.



28 April – 26 May, Rehs Contemporary, 20 West 55th Street 5 th Floor, New York: Josh Tiessen: Vanitas + Viriditas, solo exhibition. The exhibition will be comprised of 23 meticulously crafted paintings and drawings, which required more than 5,000 hours of studio work over the course of three years! Tiessen is an international award-winning artist based in Canada, best known for his hyper-surreal and uniquely shaped oil paintings. His pieces often delve into the interaction between the natural world and humanity, drawing on his studies in philosophy and theology. Continuing on that, Vanitas and Viriditas is an exploration of two divergent perspectives on wisdom and how we might flourish in a modern society filled with facts but mired in confusion. Tiessen’s Vanitas paintings include a figure named Qohelet (Hebrew for “Teacher"). Inspired by the Jewish wisdom book of Ecclesiastes, these works represent the vanity of humans striving for power, wealth, and knowledge, often at the expense of the earth. In Tiessen’s works, Qohelet chases after modern idols of science, technology, material consumption, and pleasure, ultimately finding them wanting. The philosophy behind the Vanitas paintings is visually symbolized through an achromatic color palette, Japanese Zen rock gardens, and barren nihilistic landscapes. The Viriditas paintings are built around a figure named Sophia (Greek for “wisdom”), inspired by the female personification of wisdom from the book of Proverbs. These works espouse virtues such as simplicity, humility, wonder, and awe, which are vital for cultivating ecological wisdom. Sophia lives in a harmonious relationship with the natural world, attuning herself to the seasonal rhythms of nature. The vernal color palette in these paintings is bright and cheery—emerald, sienna, yellow, and amethyst, accompanied by Celtic and Gothic Revival aesthetics. Mo – fr, 10 – 17.30 h.

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