Kunstkammer Rau: Dreams and Visions

1500 – 2000
21. Jun 2020 – 07. Mar 2021

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    Head of the Medusa, Franz Xaver Wölfle (1887 - 1972), n.d., Collection Rau for UNICEF
    © Photo: Mick Vincenz
  • Hl. Hieronymus, Jusepe de Ribera,1636, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau für UNICEF
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    St. Hieronymus, Jusepe de Ribera, 1636, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Collection Rau for UNICEF
    © Photo: Mick Vincenz
  • Das schlafende Jesuskind mit Schädel, Kreuz und Schlange/Memento mori
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    The sleeping baby Jesus with skull, cross and snake/ memento mori, Anonymous, 2nd half 16th century, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Collection Rau for UNICEF
    © Photo: Mick Vincenz

About the exhibition

The exhibition is part of the surreal worlds that occupy the entire Arp Museum in 2020. Since the art of the old masters has always been a source of inspiration for Salvador Dalí, the Kunstkammer Rau takes up the visionary red thread in the Middle Ages and pursues the theme right up to the modern age. The great treasures of the Rau Collection for UNICEF are complemented by loans from major international museums and private collections. Some 60 paintings, sculptures and manuscripts are proclaiming dreams, apparitions, revelations, end times and are depicting angels in conversation with saints, sibyls and prophets.

Visions are part of many world religions. The Bible, the Talmud and the Koran testify to the divine revelations of the prophets. Some of them prophesied apocalyptic end times like that of John. In a nightmarish way others even evoked hell on earth. The exhibition illustrates these fantastic dream worlds with a wealth of examples ranging from the anonymous medieval Master of the Life of Mary, Hieronymus Bosch and Jusepe de Ribera, to the large-scale bloody demons of Peter Gilles and the expressive visions of Antonius Höckelmann in modern times.


Curator - Art Chamber Rau

Dr. Susanne Blöcker

+49 2228 9425-68

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