Museum LA8: Technical Paradises. The future portrayed in 19th century caricatures
24th September 2016 – 5th March 2017
Museum of 19th Century Art and Technology (LA8), Lichtentaler Allee 8
Machines are also amusing, particularly when seen for the very first time. From the start of the 19th century, increasing numbers of people were being confronted by increasing numbers of machines in their daily lives – at first in the early industrial factories and through steamship and rail transport, then in the residential areas and later in the home. When the living environment is fundamentally changed by something new, the first spontaneous reactions prove to be particularly revealing.
Caricatures were the perfect medium to chronicle people’s surprise, the unbelievable admiration, the enthusiasm and the fears of contemporaries with regard to the new arrival of the historically significant ‘industrial machines’. The caricature accompanied the machine’s revolutionary rise as it was the art medium of the day and attracted large audiences. The more popular caricatures became due to wider circulation and their appearance in newspapers, the more this success was attributed to machines and the ever improving printing presses. This did not, however, prevent the caricaturists scorning such industrial progress and question the meaning of the snorting ‘king’s of steam’ and the beastly savagery of the ‘iron horse’, not to mention the machines’ helpfulness to human beings on their way towards a technical paradise.
Museum Frieder Burda: Sigmar Polke – Alchemy and Arabesque
11 February – 21 May 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee, Lichtentaler Allee 8b
Ten years after the Sigmar Polke retrospective in Museum Frieder Burda, which was based on the collections of Josef Froehlich, Reiner Speck and Frieder Burda, a new exhibition aims to address the great painter’s oeuvre from the perspective of the “secret grounds” for/of his painting and its elegantly contrasting structures of lines.
The lines are “acquired” in the most diverse ways: with strips of adhesive tape, templates, changing colours or the use of exquisite arabesques by Dürer or Altdorfer. The enlivened foundations of his paintings arise both from the selection of materials (fabrics, foils, grids) and the “magical” chemical processes in which various chemicals, paints, plant juices etc mix, transcending contradictions such as “deliberate” and largely “random” and continuously overlaying each other, whereby it is never established with absolute clarity where the decisive energy is coming from. Hence, the printed fabrics and “Lackbilder”, or “resin pictures”, embrace the linear portrayals and the beautiful lines of his “Schleifenbilder”, or “curlicue pictures”.
Prestige loans from international collections and museums round off the numerous exhibits from the Collection Frieder Burda.
Romance & Roulette – The World Spa in the 19th Century
Baden-Baden City Museum
The Fabergé Museum is the first of its kind to devote itself to the life’s work of Carl Fabergé. The complete spectrum of his work is represented in this unique collection beginning with the famous imperial Easter eggs for the Tsar’s family through to the exquisite pieces of jewellery and high quality everyday items from the time of the First World War.
Among the many exhibits are the world’s largest collection of luxurious cigarette cases and a wide variety of miniature animals made from precious stones. Works by recognized, contemporary master goldsmiths such as Bolin, Boucheron, Cartier, Ovtschinikov, Sazikov, Chlebnikov, and Falite ensure that all observers will be impressed. In addition to this, the museum has an extensive and ever growing archive which holds a number of valuable treasures in the form of photographs and original personal documents relating to Carl Fabergé and his master craftsmen.
The museum also takes you on a fascinating journey through the ‘golden age’ of craftsmanship towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
Museum Frieder Burda: Rodney Graham
3 June to 12 November 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee
On show are about 20 monumental photo light boxes by Canadian conceptual artist Rodney Graham (*1949) from 2004 to today.
The photo light boxes have a special place in the multi-facetted oeuvre of this multi-talented artist. Their pictorial language is opulently sensual and deeply humorous; they transmit refreshing and astonishing aspects, whereby Graham repeatedly undermines the surface beauty with his ironic diversity and culture-historical references. Rodney Graham likes to put himself at centre stage as the lead player in his photographs. He refers to literature, music, film or the icons of art history and adopts the various different roles, always with a subtle sense of humour.
The Rodney Graham exhibition is a continuation of a series of shows at Museum Frieder Burda devoted to contemporary photography. Following on from Gregory Crewdson and Andreas Gursky, the Canadian opens the next chapter in this exciting medium. The photographic artists presented in Baden-Baden are characterised especially by their aesthetics and narrative, poetic subject matter, which they concentrate conceptually in their works, emotionally involving the observer in the events being portrayed. The exhibition is being organised in close co-operation with the artist himself.