Holy Bodies

September 3, 2023 – February 4, 2023

  • Jan Pollack | Christus als Salvator Mundi | 1500-1510 | Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau für UNICEF
    Jan Pollack | Christ as Salvator Mundi | 1500-1510 | Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Collection Rau für UNICEF
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

The exhibition focuses on around 60 works of religious art from the Rau Collection for UNICEF. This represents an important focus within the collection.

The life of Jesus is richly represented in manifold examples throughout the centuries. On the one hand, there are the intimate mother-child depictions of childhood, on the other hand, it is the injured body, the sacrifice of Christ, that is the focus. Painters and sculptors of all epochs found impressive answers to the question of the relationship between corporeality and spirituality in their pictorial interpretations and elaborations of the Holy Scriptures and later religious texts.
The preaching evangelists and church fathers are symbols of inner strength and firmness of faith. In the succession, the Christian martyrs and saints even experience haptic veneration. Their bodies, real and in the form of figurative representatives, form the centre of many pilgrimage churches. Combined with a promise of salvation, their touch heals a wide variety of illnesses. Spiritual bodies, such as those of angels and heavenly heralds, remain bound only to the heavenly sphere.

Curator - Art Chamber Rau

Dr. Susanne Blöcker

+49 2228 9425-68

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