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

Dada and Africa


Catalogue Dada Africa. photograph Rietberg Museum

The exhibition is timed to coincide with this year’s Dada centenary. It will be the first to be devoted to the Dadaists’ preoccupation with non-European art and culture. The sensorially explosive “Soirées nègres” at Cabaret Voltaire used a variety of artistic genres to attack artistic conventions and traditional values.
Their performances of pseudo-African sound poems, drum rhythms and masked dances were spontaneous, vital and wild as they followed the Dada agenda of transcending boundaries and deliberately shocking the audience. The masks designed by Marcel Janco, the costumes by Sophie Taeuber and the collages by Hannah Höch were also characterised by a striving for a new formal language and an elemental life world. In the exotic quality of the foreign, Dada artists discovered a liberating alternative world through which they strove to renew their own societies and create a new kind of art. In this exhibition Dadaist works enter into a dialogue with art, music and literature from Africa, America, Asia and Oceania. The Dada exhibitions in 1917 already presented African works of art as equals together with Dadaist works.

Very Old Art from the Ural


Peter I., der Grosse (1672 – 1725) und Alexander Menschikow (1673 – 1729). Steinschneidewerkstätte: Swjatogor © Jewgeni Litwinow. Bild: Landesmuseum Liechtenstein

An exhibition about stone sculpture from the Russian Ural is being organized in Liechtenstein. The Ural is a mountainous region rich of precious stones. For many centuries artists from the Ural create sculptures out of these stones. The art goes back to Mesopotamian techniques. These Russian sculptures have a history of many centuries with an interruption by the Communist take over in 1917 and 1918, when this art was forbidden. The Landesmuseum in Liechtenstein (and before a museum in Switzerland) brings this extraordinary art and Russian history by past and present Russian artists back to the attention of Europe.

Italian Masters in Liechtenstein


Giovanni Santi ( a. 1440 - 1494), Madonna with child and Saint Sebastian. 1478. Altenburg, Lindenau-Museum

The Lindenau-Museum at Altenburg harbors a barely known treasure. The museum has an most important collection of early Italian paintings of the 13th– 16th centuries. Bernhard The collection focuses on the art centres of Florence and Siena. The museum at Vaduz presents 27 panels particularly painted in Florence, Siena und Umbria, among them by Lippo Memmi, Giovanni di Paolo, Sano di Pietro, Giovanni Santi (father of Raphael), Marco Zoppo, Luca Signorelli and Giovanni di Francesco Ciambella known as Il Fantasia who simultaneously painted as Raphael in Perugia and there are also links to the early images of the Madonna painted by Raphael. The veneration of Mary experienced a peak during the 13th and 16th centuries in the West. Many churches were dedicated to Mary and were decorated with sculptures of Mary. This intensive Marian veneration was also expressed by Western imagery, and led to the first remarkable blossoming of painting above all in Tuscany, Umbria and Upper Italy. Some of the most captiving paintings of Mary with the Infant Jesus were created. Mary with the Infant Jesus. Some paintings depict other scenes which illustr
 

Dada in Remagen


Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara, Hans Richter, Zurich 1918. Unknown photographer Stiftung Arp e.V. Rolandswerth Berlin

Dada is one of the most progressive art movements of the 20th century. To mark its centenary, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, in cooperation with café Voltaire in Zurich, resurrects Dada’s foremost birthplaces: the legendary artist nightclub “Cabaret Voltaire” and the bourgeois “Galerie Dada”. Setting off from these two poles, the Dadaists revolutionised the international art world within a short span of time. Aside from their own works, they also showed such international avant-garde artists as Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, and Paul Klee, all of whom are represented in the present exhibition. The artworks are embedded in a lively staging that sheds light on the complex social and intellectual soil from which Dada sprang. Subjects ranging from psychology and literature to political and sociocultural revolts reflect the zeitgeist and provide for a vivid presentation of Dada’s origins.