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Ready for the Stage Act 2 (1600–1900)

11. Nov 2016 – 11. Jun 2017

  •  © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau für UNICEF, Foto: Horst Bernhard
    Pietro Longhi od. Giuseppe de Gobbis, Il Ridotto, ca. 1750
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Rau Collection for UNICEF, photo: Horst Bernhard

About the exhibition

From their very beginnings, there has always been a particularly active exchange between the visual arts and theater. The central perspective of the early canvas paintings forms the main point of departure for Baroque theater. In addition, many painters and architects worked as festivity and stage decorators for the theater. They were familiar with the literary material and integrated this into their pictures. And vice versa, since the Renaissance, comic and tragic narrative types and characters of the theater, for example from the Commedia dell'arte and popular theater, were taken over by the visual arts. These two strands will be traced from the middle ages up to contemporary art in two acts staged in the Kunstkammer Rau and on the Contemporary Level of the Meier building. Whereas the Kunstkammer Rau concentrates on stage models and costumes, the view to present-day developments deals with the three-dimensional stage, translating the influences of the visual arts into the performative arts. In doing so, the mutual relationships between the two exhibition areas become clear.

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Curator - Art Chamber Rau

Dr. Susanne Blöcker

+49 2228 9425-68

Head of Communication

Claudia Seiffert M.A.

+49 2228 9425-39

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