"BEHOLD THE MAN"
An exhibition by Kunstmuseum Magdeburg at the occasion of the 100th German Katholikentag 2016 and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017
April 30 - June 12, 2016
Opening: Friday, April 29, 2016, 7pm
Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei | Halle 12
Spinnereistraße 7 | 04179 Leipzig
May 21 - November 5, 2017
Opening: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3pm
Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg
Regierungsstr. 4-6 | 39104 Magdeburg
Behold, thus are human beings: weak, fearful, doubting, handed over; but, behold, thus too are human beings: kind, loving and always hopeful. The image of this complex man of our time, who is always different, never the same, who has many facets, who is sometimes vulnerable and sometimes violent, who another time astonishingly and perceptively does good: That is the image of man that today’s artists are showing. This exhibition, which combines the motto of the Katholikentag 2016 with the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, will look at contemporary artists’ views of human beings in our time. In the course of several chapters, dedicated to different aspects of being, people’s sensitivities, the unspeakable, the unutterable of their existence and their actions will be shown by means of photography, painting, sculpture, videos and installations.
There are images of ourselves that we do not like to look at; there are those that we see again and again and that insert themselves into human lives from birth to death. These are images that are emotional and moving, that accuse and reconcile, that keep asking the same question: what makes us human?
Participating artists Magdeburg 2017:
Francis Alÿs | Kader Attia | Jean-Charles Blais | Matthias Böhler & Christian Orendt | Nathan Coley | Lucas Foglia | Douglas Gordon | Tim Eitel | Binelde Hyrcan | Gülsün Karamustafa | Hans-Wulf Kunze | Jitka Hanzlová | Robert Metzkes | Santu Mofokeng | Roman Opalka | Elizabeth Peyton | Julian Röder | Phillip Toledano | Ginan Seidl | Alexander Tinei | Sandra Vásquez de la Horra | Bill Viola | Gillian Wearing | Veronika Witte | Miriam Yammad
Binelde Hyrcan: Cambeck, 2010. video, 2:36 min (Still), Courtesy the artist
Participating artists first exhibition part Leipzig 2016:
Johanna Bartl | Christian Boltanski | Peter Bräunig/Grit Bümann/Ansgar Frerich | Tim Eitel | Lucas Foglia | Jochen Gerz | Monika Huber | Jannis Kounellis | Robert Kunec | Hans-Wulf Kunze | Sigalit Landau | Bjørn Melhus | Michael Meier/Rico Scagliola | Ursula Neugebauer | Walter Schels | Joel Sternfeld | Timm Ulrichs | Kassandra Wellendorf
Impressions from the Leipzig exhibition 2016:
Impressions from the first part of the exhibition in Leipzig. Photos: Falko Walter
Lucas Foglia: Andrew and Taurin Drinking Raw Goat's Milk, Tennessee, 2009, from the series A Natural Order, 2006-2010, C-Print
Gülsün Karamustafa: Mystic Transport, 1992, Collection Block at Neues Museum Nuremberg © Neues Museum Nuremberg (Annette Kradisch)
Alexander Tinei: Girl With an Axe, 2016, oil on canvas, Courtesy Galerie Dukan