Ready for the Stage Act 1 (1900–2016)

23. Sep 2016 – 23. Apr 2017

  • © und Foto: Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung, Universität zu Köln
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    Arnulf Rainer, Ulrich Wildgruber, 1997/98, photo: Christina Vollmert
    © and photo: Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung, Universität zu Köln
  • © Collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Foto: Peter Cox
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    Piet Mondrian, Stage set model for Michel Seuphor's »L’Éphémère est éternel« (1926), reconstruction 1964
    © Collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, photo: Peter Cox
  • © Marcel Dzama, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Foto: Achim Kukulies
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    Marcel Dzama, MD/Dio 18, Let Mischance Be a Slave to Patience, 2010, Sammlung Schnetkamp
    © Marcel Dzama, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, photo: Achim Kukulies
  • Irmel Droese, Foto: Videostill
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    Irmel Droese, Königsstuhl, 2007, Performance
    © Irmel Droese
  • © Reut Shemesh, Foto: NYC: Verina Kranak
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    Reut Shemesh, Wildwood Flowers, 2015, Video on colour, mask for Wildwood Flowers, Mona Kakanj, 2015, ink on cardboard
    © Reut Shemesh, photo: NYC: Verina Kranak
  • © Nadja Schöllhammer, Foto: Mick Vinzenz
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    Exhibition view: Polyphonos, 2016, Installation (in situ)
    © Nadja Schöllhammer, photo: Mick Vinzenz

About the exhibition

To commemorate this great Dada anniversary year in 2016, and being inspired by the legendary "Cabaret Voltaire" in Zurich, two consecutive and related exhibitions are dealing with the theme of the stage in the visual arts from the 16th century up to the present day. Thus, for the first time in Germany, the changing relationship between painting and stage are being shown in their respective historical contexts in an exhibition project that is at once comprehensive and crosses the genres. The show "Ready for the Stage Act 1 (1900–2016)" comprises works from Classical Modernism up to contemporary art. Using stage models, costumes, installations, video works, but also painting and sculpture, the relationships between the performative and the visual arts will be shown in their many facets. A portion of the objects on display takes up the theme of theater in reproductions or performances; another part has come about in connection with actual stage productions.

Participating artists:

Jean Börlin, Ulla von Brandenburg, Back to Back Theatre, Günter Brus, Marvin Gaye/Spartacus Chetwynd, Ricarda Poppy-Dressler, Marcel Dzama, Irmel Droese, Alexandra Exter, Axel Geis, George Grosz, Hansgünther Heyme, Alexandra Hopf, Thomas Huber, Leiko Ikemura, Georgij Jakulov, Torsten Jurell, Oskar Kokoschka, Markus Lüpertz, Isa Melsheimer, Piet Mondrian, Ryan Mosley, Saskia Niehaus, Arnulf Rainer, Birgit Ramsauer, Claus Richter, Franz von Saalfeld/Atelier Goldstein Frankfurt, Nadja Schöllhammer, Reut Shemesh, Daniel Spoerri, Vladimir Tatlin, Manos Tsangaris, Bill Viola, Andor Weininger

Further Information


Curator of Contemporary Art

Jutta Mattern M.A.

+49 2228 9425-13

Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art

Anabel Runge M.A.

+49 2228 9425-15

Head of Communication

Claudia Seiffert M.A.

+49 2228 9425-39

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