»A Promise of Truth – The Contemporary Portrait«


Our second large group exhibition this year focuses on the theme of the portrait. Portraiture, which is generally viewed as the artistic representation of a person, was traditionally employed as a means of visualizing the sitter’s virtuous character, wealth or social accomplishments. In the modern era, the question concerning a person’s essence arose, which was intended to emerge from behind one’s external appearance in a portrait, one could say “to show the truth behind the veil.” One of the most interesting aspects of portraiture is that it always provides insights into the social coordinates of its production, saying something about its times. In the age of the selfie, we are concentrating in this regard on painted portraits. In contrast to the cultural trend of the quick snapshot, the works by the exhibited painters, photographers, and sculptors feature analytical examinations of the question concerning the depiction of a person, and in doing so these artists not least take a stand on behalf of the currency of one of the oldest genres in the history of art, the portrait.

Sabine Dehnel (DE), Goekhan Erdogan (DE), Markus Fräger (DE), Simone Haack (DE), Bertram Hasenauer (AT), Rocco Hettwer (DE), Sam Jackson (UK), Gerard Mas (ES), Danielle van Zadelhoff (BE)

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7  p.m.

Opening remarks:
Dr. Martin Hellmold, art historian

Duration of the exhibition:
November 18, 2016 – January 21, 2017

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Or by appointment.