Wondrous Worlds. From René Magritte to Daniel Richter

Tiger Lake, 2009, oil on jute, 90 x 120cm. © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2023.

Starting on May 13, 2023, the Museum im Kleihues-Bau will show an insight into the wondrous worlds of the private collection of Anna and Michael Haas, including works by Eva Aeppli, Leiko Ikemura, John Isaacs, René Magritte, Daniel Richter, Carolein Smit, Pia Stadtbäumer, Antoni Tápies and Jean Tinguely.

When do we perceive something as wondrous and when does an entire cosmos become a wondrous world? The adjective "wondrous" is derived from the word "wonder". This stands against everything we know and surpasses the usual and customary. In art, not only are miracles depicted as events, but also miraculous narratives, cosms and worlds are fanned out.

Surrealism, encompassing various artistic disciplines, produced wondrous things and parallel universes in every conceivable form. The special feature of the exhibition lies in the bridge to contemporary art and to works by selected artists who are exemplary for the representation of this subject in interplay with fiction and the surreal in contemporary art.

It is the break with the supposedly beautiful that unites the artists shown in this exhibition. Their works trigger contrary associations, thoughts and feelings - one can hardly escape them and involuntarily becomes emotionally involved. The natural meets the absurd and fantastic, beauty unites with cruelty, reality becomes an illusion, the fairytale-like enchants and sends shivers down our spines. The motifs seem familiar and at the same time strange. It is a charming and yet a broken beauty, which sometimes threatens to tip over into the morbid and nightmarish, without the evil being concretely tangible. While one may feel a slight unease, one has long since surrendered to the seduction of something never before seen.

This special exhibition is produced in close cooperation with the Anna and Michael Haas Collection, Berlin.

Artists: Eva Aeppli, Nader Ahriman, Bertozzi e Casoni, GL Brierly, Maurice Cantens, Heinrich Dähling, Marianna Gartner, Kerstin Grimm, Leiko Ikemura, John Isaacs, Edmund Kanoldt, Tomasz Kowalski, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Thomas Lerooy, Maestro della fertilità dell'uovo, René Magritte, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Kate MccGwire, Léopold Rabus, Till Rabus, Daniel Richter, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Carolein Smit, Pia Stadtbäumer, Volker Tannert, Antoni Tápies, Houda Terjuman, Jean Tinguely, Thomas Virnich

Source: Museum im Kleihues-Bau, Leaflet of the exhibition



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