This section contains an overview of the most relevant exhibitions. Each item is connected to the organizing museum.

The Art of Theater and Dada


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To commemorate the Dada anniversary year in 2016, and being inspired by the legendary “Cabaret Voltaire” in Zurich (founded in 1916), two consecutive and related exhibitions are dealing with the theme of the stage in the visual arts from the 16th century up to the present day. The changing relationship between painting and stage are being shown in their respective historical contexts in an exhibition project that is at once comprehensive and crosses the genres. From their very beginnings, there has always been a particularly active exchange between the visual arts and theater. The central perspective of the early canvas paintings forms the main point of departure for Baroque theater. In addition, many painters and architects worked as festivity and stage decorators for the theater. They were familiar with the literary material and integrated this into their pictures. And vice versa, since the Renaissance, comic and tragic narrative types and characters of the theater were taken over by the visual arts. These two strands will be traced from the middle ages up to contemporary art in two acts staged in the museum, using stage models, costumes, installations, video works, paintings, sculpture and others works of art.
 

Impressionist Landscape Painting


The exhibition presents the landscape painting by the impressionists at the end of the nineteenth century. They began to use color freely and they wove together light and air to create shimmering visual effects. In river landscapes they explored reflective surfaces. Their landscape motifs were no longer charged with historical or symbolic significance. Rather, impressionist artists focused on capturing the present.

A Brief History of Humankind


Mark Wallinger (1959, Ecce Homo, 1999. Photo: E. Posner. © Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The title of the exposition sets the narrative structure of the exhibition. The historic artefacts recount the history of humankind from the dawn of civilization to the present. Among these objects are the first tools used by humankind, the earliest examples of the use of writing and coins, a rare copy of the Gutenberg bible and the manuscript of Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. These artefacts are juxtaposed with select examples of contemporary art that link past and present

The Rhine forever


Johann Adolf Lasinsky (1808-1871), The Rhine at Koblenz, 1828. Foto: Jürgen Vogel. © LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn

The Rhine, 1320 km, has carried only coal, building material, people, luxury goods, art treasures, weapons, ideas, fairytales and myths through the western half of Europe for thousands of years. Its course is lined by imposing frontiers of countries, cities, monasteries and cathedrals as well as by conurbations and industrial zones. It has been regulated, straightened, polluted, fought over, conquered and occupied. The exhibition heeds the history and cultural and political imperative of cross-border cooperation between the riparian states of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Following the course of the Rhine from its sources to the Rhine-Meuse-Schelde delta, the exhibition sheds light on many of the momentous and often dramatic events that punctuate more than 2000 years of cultural history.
 

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