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

Cranach, Luther and Reformation

Lucas Cranach the Older (1472-1553), Martin Luther 1529. Uffizi Gallery Florence. Photo: Wikipedia.

Lucas Cranach the Older (1472-1553) was a close and loyal allie of Martin Luther from the very beginning of his Reformation campaign in 1517. This exhibition puts the works by Cranach into the perspective of the period just before and decades after the Reformation, his view concerning iconoclasm and the artistic consequences. The show also highlights the golden age oft he German Renaissance painters and other artists.

Luther, Knights, Peasants and Cities

The Room of Luther, 1530. Coburg Castle. Photo: Kunstsammlungen Coburg.

The exhibition focuses on the period around 1500 and in particular the reformation after1517. Martin Luther lived in the Coburg castle during the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530. The (social) role and situation of peasants, cities, nobility and clergy is being shown and discussed. The regions of Swaben, Hessen and Bayern are at the centre of the attention. Works by contemporary artists, such as Cranach, Dürer and many others, are presented and shown into the perspective of this turbulent time.

Arabesque patterns in Baden Baden

The exhibition concentrates on two essential characteristics of the work by Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010). His works live off organised coincidence and harbour mysterious surprises. They are marked by a playful way with words and images that transcends any attempts at categorical stringency. It focusses on the random of his paintings, which are created by the use of unusual materials. Alchemy is juxtaposed with the aspect of arabesque – ornamental line patterns, which Polke took, for example, from the wood-cuts of Dürer and Altdorfer.

The Invention of a New Art

Piet Mondrian (Mondriaan in Dutch) and Bart van der Leck met during the First World War in the Dutch village of Laren. The artists shared a strong conviction that the world needed a new kind of art. Mondrian liked Van der Leck’s ideas about the use of the colours red, yellow and blue . Van der Leck was impressed by Mondrian’s search for abstraction. The exhibition examines the exact nature and lasting influence of the relationship between Mondrian and Van der Leck. Referring to paintings, photographs, letters and other archival materials. The museum has the world’s largest Mondrian collection and one of the largest De Stijl-collections, an art movement in which Mondrian played an active role for several years.